Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics

  • Final
  • Political Science
  • Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
  • 3.0
  • Comparative analysis of different kinds of political systems, including their history, political institutions, processes and policies, the environments in which they occur, and their consequences.

  • 130
  • None

    1. Introduce different regime types and their resulting institutions in political systems.
    2. Discuss theory regarding the stability of regimes and transitions from one regime type to another.
    3. Include actual country examples of each regime type in terms of institutions, processes, political culture, historical/cultural context, and role of the people.
    4. Discuss the role of the state and popular participation in political and economic development within countries.
    5. Introduce the use of the comparative method by utilizing diverse historical, regional, cultural, political and economic case studies.

  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Identify the role of the state.
    2. Compare political systems, both in theory and with actual country examples.
    3. Explain the impact of the regional, economic, historical and cultural factors on political institutions and behavior.
    4. Analyze political systems by using the comparative method.
    5. Distinguish among regime types and their central features.

  • May include as appropriate:

    In-class or take-home examinations
    Research papers or projects
    Written assignments
    Analytical papers
    Simulations
    Oral presentations
    Participation in class discussions and debates

  • Any college-level introduction to comparative politics textbook including, but not limited to

    Barrington.  Comparative Politics: Structures and Choices.
    Drogus and Orvis.  Introducing Comparative Politics.
    Hauss.  Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges.
    Kesselman. Krieger, Joseph.  Introduction to Comparative Politics.
    Magstadt.  Nations and Government: Comparative Politics in Regional Perspective.
    O’Neil.  Essentials of Comparative Politics.
    Powell, Dalton and Strom.  Comparative Politics Today: A World View
    Powell, Dalton and Strom.  Comparative Politics Today: A Theoretical Framework
    Roskin. Countries and Concepts: Politics, Geography and Culture
    Sodaro. Comparative Politics: A Global Introduction.

    May also include supplementary materials such as, but not limited to, primary sources, readers, etc.

  • May 23, 2012