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
develop arguments based on evidence that account for political and economic outcomes in the world
learn explanations of political and economic development
learn evidence about political and economic outcomes in the world
General method of instruction
lecture, quiz section, textbook, films, novels
Class assignments and grading
Assignments: mid-term exam, final exam, and a writing assignment.
Grading: test 1: 25 %; test 2: 30 %; final paper: 30 %; class /quiz participation: 15 %.