Susan H. Whiting
POL S 204
Political systems in a comparative framework. Traditional and contemporary approaches to the study of governments and societies in different countries. Offered: WSp.
This course introduces students to Comparative Politics by focusing on three of the most important issues in the field: economic development, democratization, and ethnic and nationalist conflict.
Student learning goals
encounter real-world puzzles or problems and learn some of the Comparative Politics theories that explain them
master key concepts that are the building blocks of these theories
hone skills reading scholarly articles for both theory and evidence
learn how to access scholarly resources quickly
General method of instruction
lecture, section, reading selection of articles, and working through applied exercises
intro course; no prerequisites
Class assignments and grading
There are three types of assignments: 1. short conceptual exercises 2. tests 3. final paper not to exceed 6 pages in length
Class participation 20% 3 tests (20% each) 60% 2-page draft & final paper 20%