1. Question (TCO 2) What types of states are most likely to become authoritarian? Why? Along the same lines, what authoritarian states have been most likely to democratize? Under what circumstances does this democratization occur and why? Based on previous findings, describe one country you think is likely to democratize in the near future.
  2. Question (TCO 3) Compare and contrast interest groups and political parties. In your response, be sure to provide examples their similarities and differences. In addition, please assess what advantages interest groups offer that political parties don’t and then what advantages d political parties offer that interest groups don’t.
  3. Question (TCO 6) Since the end of WWII, international relations have been framed by the conflict between liberal governments and communist ideals. Compare and contrast the features of these systems and assess their continued impact on the global community. Please be certain to explain classical and modern liberalism, socialism, and communism within your responses and provide examples to support your points.
  4. Question (TCO 8) Today’s world seems to be moving beyond sovereignty and toward supranational leadership to cooperate on issues of global importance. What are some of these issues? How might they be solved through supranational cooperation? Does such cooperation impede the sovereignty of independent nations? Please sure to include specific examples in supporting your points.

Required Resources
Read/review the following resources for this activity:

  • Textbook: Chapter 15, 16, 17
  • Lesson
  • Additional scholarly sources you identify through your own research


Magstadt, T. (2017). Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues (12th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.

Initial Post Instructions
Pick one international organization (UN, EU, ICC, etc.). Explain its mission and function. Assess how issues of state sovereignty are dealt with for member countries. Use evidence (cite sources) to support your response from assigned readings or online lessons, and at least TWO outside scholarly sources.

Class, pick one international organization (i.e. the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), International Criminal Court (ICC), North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), etc.) Explain the organization’s mission and function. Also assess how issues of state sovereignty are dealt with for member countries.

Here are some relevant links to get you started.
European Union: http://europa.eu/european-union/index_en (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
United Nations: http://www.un.org/en/index.html (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
International Criminal Court: http://www.icc-cpi.int (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site./
North Atlantic Treaty Organization: http://www.nato.int/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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