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James D Long Iv
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

The course will cover topics in contemporary comparative politics in a global perspective, including the sources of democratic transition and consolidation; the impact of voting behavior and elections on the quality of democracy; the sources of ethnic warfare and political violence; the causes and consequences of poverty and economic development; and transitions and reversals with respect to the Arab Spring, Iraq, and Afghanistan; with geographic reference to political development in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Student learning goals

To critically examine and compare regime types, characteristics of democracy, causes of war, causes of poverty, and transition across regions.

General method of instruction

Lecture and quiz section.

Recommended preparation

None.

Class assignments and grading

In-class exams and participation in quiz section.

In-class exams and participation in quiz section.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James D Long Iv
Date: 02/12/2014