• Unit 5: Political Institutions

    This unit looks at the various forms of government a country can adopt and how government forms the foundations of the institutions that countries build. Although this course tries to give a global perspective on government, a lot of the specifics we will look at will be from the perspective of the United States. 

    The Max Planck Manual has a global perspective and was written for the people of the Sudan as they contemplate and hope for a future of democracy and stability. If you were from the Sudan, which would you chose: federal or unitary relationships between the central government and the local governments; a president or a prime minister to lead; legislature or a parliament to make laws? And what difference does it make, anyway? This unit will explore these types of questions.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 20 hours.

    • 5.1: Federal vs. Unitary Forms of Government

    • 5.2: Legislatures vs. Parliaments

    • 5.3: Presidents vs. Prime Ministers

    • 5.4: Bureaucracy and Public Administration

    • 5.5: Law and the Courts

    • Unit 5 Assessment