Introduction to Comparative Politics

What makes a country a country? What make a democracy a democracy? Why do some countries have laws based on religious documents while others do not? Why are some countries wealthy and others are terribly poor? Connecting all of these questions is the study of comparative politics, which seeks to understand the differences and similarities between countries and their governing systems.

In this course, we will compare diverse countries and generalize across types of political systems to answer the questions posed above. In addition to learning about how the domestic politics function in other parts of the world, we will also gain the analytical skills to predict how countries will act in the future.

Most Recently Taught: Fall 2017

Syllabus Fall 2017

Syllabus-Spring 2017