College of Law and Political Science


Governments and Governance (in English)

Course Code PLSC316 Th 3 Pr 3 CrHrs 3

Goverment, Governance

The course is introductory course on government and governance. The course will be about the general understanding of Government institutions and governance. During this course the structure of governments and different forms of government will be discussed in a class. 

By the end of the semester students will be able to know what government is and differentiate between different forms of governing. Students will be able to understand the separation of power and the idea of check and balance.  

Haider-Markel, Donald. The Oxford handbook of the state and local government. Oxford University press. United Kingdom. 1st ed. 2014.
Smith, Kevin B. & Greenblatt, Alan. Governing states localities. CQ press, an imprint of SAGE publications Ltd. London, United Kingdom. 6th ed. 2018.
  • Introduction

  • Government and Governance.

  • Separation of power (check and balance).

  • Democracy.

  • Three branches of government in a democratic government

  • Authoritarianism and Totalitarianism (Dictatorship).

  • Communism and Colonialism

  • Monarchy and Oligarchy

  • Aristocracy and Theocracy

  • Anarchy and political Vacancy

  • Government and governing in Kurdistan region

  • Government transition. 

  • The advantages and limitation of the government

  • General review.