Return to Dr. Buckley's Homepage

Political Science 2
Santa Monica College
Fall 2003

Alan D. Buckley, Ph.D.
Office Hours: Tuesday, 7 - 11:00 a.m., and Monday and Wednesday, 2 - 3 p.m.
Office: Library Village 110
(310) 434-4510

Course Description

Prerequisite: None Skills Advisory: Eligibility for English 1. This course surveys the scope and methods of comparative political analysis. It examines the politics of democratic, authoritarian, and totalitarian political systems to illustrate the central theories and ideas in comparative politics. It emphasizes the political structures, processes, and cultures of countries at different levels of development in several world regions (e.g., Central and Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and West and Central Europe).

Course Texts

William A. Joseph, et. al. 2003. Introduction to Third World Politics, 3rd. ed. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. REQUIRED

Howard Handelman. 2003. The Challenge of Third World Development, 3rd. ed. Upper River Saddle, N.J.: Prentice Hall. REQUIRED

Howard J. Wiarda. 2002. New Directions in Comparative Politics. 3rd ed. Boulder, Co.: Westview. REQUIRED

You may wish to contact the College Bookstore: Bookstore.

Course Requirements

Student success in this class will require an ability to: (1) master important facts about the history and politics of various countries; (2) read and write English prose at the college level; and (3) apply analytical and critical thinking to historical and contemporary political issues.

Grades will be based on four quizzes and two examinations (a midterm and final). The quizzes will comprise multiple choice questions and short-answer questions. Students should bring a Scantron Mini Essay Book, form no. 886-E, and a No. 2 pencil to class for the quizzes unless instructed otherwise. In addition, students must bring a Santa Monica College photo identification card for each quiz and exam; no student will be allowed to take a quiz or exam without an I.D.

The Midterm Exam will comprise two essay questions. Your essays will be graded on their substance and your ability to express yourself in clear, concise, grammatically correct, college level English prose. Students should bring an unmarked Blue Book to class for the Midterm and may use dictionaries with the permission of Dr. Buckley.

The Final Exam will be conducted at a time scheduled by the College (see the College Exam Schedule as published in The Schedule of Classes or The Corsair). The Final will be cumulative and comprise multiple choice questions. The Final will last approximately one hour; students arriving 30 minutes or more late may not be permitted to take the exam. Many questions will come from the previous four quizzes. Bring a Scantron form 882 and a No. 2 pencil with you for the Final Exam.

Each of the four quizzes is worth 10 percent of your course grade; the Midterm and Final are each worth 30 percent of your course grade. Dates of the quizzes are tentative. A standard grade scale will be used. Make-up quizzes and exams will not be offered without a written request and documented evidence of an unavoidable emergency. The deadline for submitting a make-up request is Noon, Thursday, November 29. All make-ups without exception will be given on Friday, December 5, at 9:00 a.m. In addition, extra credit assignments will not be offered and course grades of "I" (incomplete) will be given only in accordance with college policies.

Dr. Buckley will return graded quizzes and exams as quickly as possible. Unclaimed quizzes and exams will be discarded after two weeks.

It is the student's sole responsibility to withdraw. Students withdrawing after Sunday, October 19, will receive an "F" if they are not earning at least a "C" grade and no student may withdraw after Friday, November 14.

Participation in class discussions is encouraged but not graded as such. Students whose participation exceeds the expectations of the instructor may receive special consideration in "borderline" grade situations at the end of the semester. Tape recordings of the Lecture are not permitted without the prior permission of Dr. Buckley. Finally, students are bound by the College's Code of Academic Conduct and Reporting Policy (AR 5312.1-121791), a copy of which is available from the College Disciplinarian, Mr. John Gonzalez, 310-434-4421.

Dr. Buckley will be available in his office on Tuesday between 7:00 and 11:00 a.m. and Monday and Wednesday between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m., or by appointment.


August 25, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Wiarda, Chap. 1; and Joseph, et. al., Chap. 1
August 27, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Wiarda, Chap. 2
September 1, Labor Day--No Class
September 3, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Wiarda, Chap. 4
September 8, Introduction to Comparative Politics, continued, Michael Lewin Ross, "Does Oil Hinder Democracy?"

FIRST QUIZ--Wednesday, September 10

September 15, Theories of Development, Handelman, Chap. 1; Wiarda, Chaps. 3 and 5
September 17, Theories of Development, Wiarda, Chap. 7; and Handelman, Chaps. 5 and 10
September 22, Political Culture, Wiarda, Chap. 8
September 24, Ethnic and Religious Politics, Handelman, Chaps. 3 and 4
September 29, Political Culture, continued.

SECOND QUIZ--Monday, September 29

October 1, Rural Politics, Handleman, Chap. 6
October 6, Rural Politics, continued
October 8, Urban Politics, Handleman, Chap. 7; Wiarda, Chaps. 2 and 10
October 13, Revolutionary Politics, Handleman, Chap. 8
October 15, The Military, Handelman, Chap. 9

Sunday, October 19--Last day to drop without a grade check.

October 20, Political Change, Handelman, Chap. 2, and Wiarda, Chap. 6

MIDTERM EXAM--Wednesday, October 22

October 27, India, Joseph, et. al., Chap. 3
October 29, India, continued
November 3, Mexico, Joseph, et. al., Chap. 4
November 5, Mexico, continued
November 10Nigeria, Joseph, et. al., Chap. 6
November 12, Nigeria, continued

Last Day to Drop--Friday, November 14

November 17, Nigeria, continued

FOURTH QUIZ--Monday, November 17

November 19, Iran, Joseph, et. al., Chap 7
November 24
, Iran, continued.
November 26, China, Joseph, et. al., Chap. 2

Deadline for Submitting Make-up Request
Wednesday, November 26, Noon

December 1, China, continued.
December 3
, Brazil, Joseph, et. al., Chap. 5

Make-up Quizzes/Exams
Friday, December 5, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: t.b.a

December 8, Conclusions, Wiarda, Chap. 11.

Return to Dr. Buckley's Homepage
Return to SMC Homepage