Anthony J Gill
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.
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
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.