Focuses on comparison across geographical areas including comparative political economy, comparative cultures, and comparative institutions. Provides familiarity with the comparative method of inquiry, an understanding of the interplay between area studies and cross-regional theories, and skills in conducting comparative research and writing. Prerequisite: ECON 200; ECON 201. Offered: W.
The purpose of the seminar is to familiarize the students with one of the main sub-fields in International Studies. The readings for the seminar come from various disciplines in Social Sciences and they represent distinguished examples of how researchers identify and study questions form a comparative perspective. We will consider the different methodologies people use in approaching their topics in this way and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using a comparative perspective in International Studies. The grades will be based on weakly papers and a short final essay.
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