2020 - 2021 College Catalog 
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2020 - 2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GOVT 160 - Comparative Politics

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Laboratory Hours: 0

Prerequisite(s): None

Restriction(s): None

Corequisite(s): None

This course is an introduction to the histories, institutions and processes of varying types of contemporary political systems. The course will provide an introduction to comparative political theory and examine a few contemporary systems in some detail. The goal is to improve the students’ knowledge of political systems beyond those of the US with particular attention to politics and government systems in a handful of countries including Japan, Britain, Russia and France.

Student Learning Outcomes of the Course: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand comparative politics as a subfield of political science, and distinguish comparative from international relations
  2. Understand the major theoretical approaches of the subfield
  3. Understand key concepts including: state, nation, political parties, political and economic ideologies, political culture, democracy, neo-liberalism, globalization, among others
  4. Compare and contrast selected case studies of democratic and authoritarian governments
  5. Compare and contrast different political economies, and identify the main causes of differing levels of economic development
  6. Analyze current events in the context of key concepts in the subfield of comparative politics
  7. Comparatively evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your own political system.