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POLS 071 – FW:TAP:Compar Political Syst

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Examination of political behavior, political structures, and political processes from a cross-national perspective.

Section Description: In this TAP course, we will explore and learn to understand political phenomena in different settings around the world. On the one hand, we will obtain a better grasp of major differences between political systems, building our conceptual vocabulary and research skills so that we can more effectively discuss and describe politics in different countries. On the other hand, we will learn and apply techniques and theories that can account for differences among countries. Questions we will explore include: Why does authoritarianism persist in the Arab world? Why has democracy failed to take hold in Russia? Why does the United States lack a European-style welfare state? Why have some countries achieved peace and stability while others have not? In answering these, students will not only learn about important issues, but also improve their ability to make informed evaluations about politics outside the United States.

CRN: 14777

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 19/19

Days Time Location
MW 15:30 - 16:45 OLD MILL ANNEX A500

Instructor(s): Peter A. VonDoepp

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020