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Anthony J Gill
POL S 204
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Political systems in a comparative framework. Traditional and contemporary approaches to the study of governments and societies in different countries. Offered: WSp.

Class description

Description: This course explores the origins of modern nation-states and the variation in types of governments that have arisen throughout history. We explore different kinds of democracy and dictatorship and how regimes evolve in response to domestic and international pressures. Special attention will be given to the spread of democracy and political freedom over the past 200 years.

Student learning goals

Understand the linkage between Mancur Olson and the Muppets.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Text: Kopstein and Lichbach, Comparative Politics. Chriot, How Societies Change. Sharansky, The Case for Democracy. Selected articles.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments: Midterm exam. Final exams. Short writing assignments.

Grading: Examination: 35 %; Mid-term: 25 %; Worksheets: 20 %; Essay: 20 %. Grading criteria subject to change by first day of class.


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Last Update by Anthony J Gill
Date: 02/08/2007