GOVT 1313

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2016-2017.

This course will introduce students to comparative politics—the study of the political institutions, identities, and organized interests in countries around the world. Emphasis is on how to make meaningful comparisons between systems in different countries. Towards that goal, we will be looking at a dozen countries with different histories, political systems, and from various regions around the world.  We will also use a comparative framework to use our knowledge of these (and other) countries to examine questions about democracies and democratization, electoral systems and political parties, authoritarian regimes, political mobilization and change, economic development and globalization, nationalism and identity politics, among other topics.  The meta theme of this course is the comparative method as a unique way of leveraging our understanding about social and political phenomena.

When Offered Spring, summer.

Distribution Category (SBA-AS)

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5954GOVT 1313  LEC 001

  • This course will be offered in partnership with the French and Spanish Language Programs. Students enrolled in GOVT 1313 may enroll in an optional one credit course, FREN 3020 or SPAN 3020. Interested students should contact the instructor.