Studies the nature, structure, and functions of political institutions. Develops a theoretical and empirical analysis of both formal (state and government) and informal (non-state) institutions and actors:
1) An overview of the methods and theories to understand and evaluate political institutions, both formal and non-formal.
2) An introduction to the major political institutions of American.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Some lectures, combined with group discussions and film.
This course has no prerequisites. Some background in political science, sociology and political economy would be helpful but not necessary.
Class assignments and grading
A Mid-Term Exam, Final Exam and Critical Book Review.