____ At the end of the course, each student should:
· Understand the major schools of thought used in comparing political systems including structural functionalism, political-economy approaches, social choice theory, and political culture........ all in the context of a narrative contextual world systems approach;
· Understand the differences and similarities and connections between political systems of government and governance and economic systems;
· Understand the nature of social systems or “social orders” (i.e. democracy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism) and various political ideologies associated with these
· Be able to apply methods for comparing political systems to explain political and social phenomena in today's world with an eye towards understanding how the future of the worlds system is unfolding and how we are involved in this process.
_ The “outcomes” of what you learn in this course should allow you to be able to:
· Demonstrate a degree of mastery and overall working knowledge of the historical background and evolution of the principles of government and governance in various systems and their institutions in the modern world system today.
· Demonstrate a degree of proficiency in being able to use political thinking, analysis (theory and philosophy), and “futures consciousness” – ability to apply and practice these discipline skills, in the process of learning about the emergent orders of government(s) in the modern worlds system as well of the system as whole.
· Demonstrate a degree of capacity to assume responsibility as a citizen in a 21st Century knowledge economy in the context of global environmental challenges and the ability to apply the principles of democratic philosophy in their own contexts socio-political and personal.