Pre-requisites: At least one introductory course such as Introduction to Political Science or Introduction to International Relations


This course endeavors to expose students to existing systems of government in developing countries with a view to identifying and analyzing the various theoretical and thematic perspectives that have been used to highlight the evolution of authoritarian/military and democratic systems of government. More so, this course should link to how various government systems affect the actions of states in the international system. Where is the power contained and how do other states function?



The objective of this course is to help in:

1.      Understanding the processes by which power is deployed and the outcomes that its application achieves.

2.      Analysing structures and issues in governance, and understanding the complex nature of the relationships within and between political institutions.

3.      Critical assessment of ideologies, theories and traditions which have helped determine the nature of society in and the political institutions of contemporary government systems.

4.      Recognising the diversity of different contemporary political systems and ideas, and making meaningful comparisons between them in a regional and global context.

5.      Making critical comparisons across political systems to develop a critical awareness that such structures can and do differ in form and function.

6.      Critical understanding of and engagement with current political and policy-making processes and debates in a global context.


By the end of the course students will be able to:

1.      Explain Evolution of types of governments

2.      Assess the theoretical frameworks in comparative politics.

3.      Analyze different systems of government

4.      Analyze the theories of governance.

5.      Examine the political experiences of different countries