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GOVT 143–Fall 2004

Course Overview

Catalog Description

Global Politics. Politics at the global level, stressing the full range of issues and problems relating to conflict and cooperation among nations, the relationship between governments and their foreign politics, and on other similarities and differences among nations' governmental institutions, structure and processes. (Students may not count both Government 35 and Government 143 in the major.) 3 units.

Degree Utility

This course has been approved for G.E. Subarea D1b (World Cultures). In addition, it is a useful prerequisite, whether mentioned or not, for any Government course in the 130 series (International Relations) or 140 series (Comparative Government) and, of course, will help you if you elect the International Relations concentration within the government major.


The course is a survey of two major fields in the study of government: international relations and comparative government.

The class is divided into four major topics of study.

  • Introductory
  • The Actors
  • Selected Problems
  • Looking at the Future

Successful Student Characteristics

  • Discipline to complete projects by deadlines instead of waiting until the end of the semester.
  • Motivation to read, write, and participate fully in class activities.
  • Time to devote approximately 9 hours a week to a 3-credit course.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Flexibility in dealing with technology problems.


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