2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

CPOLS 2410 Comparative Politics

This course is designed to develop students' understanding of the different ways political systems are organized around the world-a fact or content goal; it is also designed to develop students' ability to compare and explain things-a skill or competency goal. To start, students will be introduced to the conceptual foundations of comparative politics. Next, the course will cover the institutions, policymaking processes, political attitudes and political behaviors in countries sampled from around the world. Throughout the course, to better understand the how" and the "why" questions we ask of different political systems we will learn about the political science approach to studying and explaining politics (vs. historical journalistic and normative approaches).