Overview1. Why Politics Matters. Part I: POLITICAL THEORY. 2. Ancient Political Theory. 3. Modern Political Theory. Part II: COMPARING SYSTEMS OF GOVERNMENT. 4. The American Government. 5. Democratic Systems of Government. 6. Authoritarian Systems of Government. Part III: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS. 7. Comparing Legislatures. 8. Comparing Executives. 9. Comparing Judiciaries. Part IV: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. 10. Understanding International Relations: Terms and Theories. 11. War, Diplomacy, and the Beginning of International Relations. 12. The Cold War and Beyond: The Rise of The United States And The Emerging Global Order. Conclusion.