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POLS 071 – Comparative Political Systems

Credits: 3.00

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

Section Description: The goal of this course is to learn about politics by comparing the political systems of different countries. Comparative politics employs the scientific method of comparison to understand how politics works. Scholars of comparative politics believe that we can only understand politics in one country by comparing it with other countries. The main questions that motivate most comparative politics are: Why are some countries rich and other countries poor? Why are some countries democratic and other countries authoritarian? Why do some democracies promote greater equality than others? We will also look at how different types of political institutions (parliamentarism vs. presidentialism, electoral systems, judicial systems) lead to different types of political outcomes. The course includes case studies of the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, Mexico, and India.

CRN: 14778

Section: B

Enrolled/Seats: 56/58

Days Time Location
TR 08:30 - 09:45 LAFAYETTE HALL L403

Instructor(s): Caroline Charlotte Beer

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2020 - 01 May 2020