POLSCI 140 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
Section: 101
Term: SP 2008
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Primarily for first- and second-year students.
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F, W.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The intention of this course is to introduce you to the study of Comparative Politics. The course will introduce to you some of the central questions scholars ask in this field, the answers we have developed thus far, and also the method of cross-national comparison. We will explore the nature of the state and how states develop, as well was democratic political systems. We will ask: what makes a polity a democratic one, why we should care about the distinction between democracies and non-democracies, and perhaps most importantly, how do states become democratic? Finally, we turn to varieties of democratic systems. Here, we will ask such questions as: "Why do some countries have more parties than others?" and "What is the difference between a presidentialism and parliamentarism?" We explore how the answers to these questions affect policy. Toward the end of the course, we delve into the question of how all these institutions matter not only in terms of policy, but in terms of socioeconomic outcomes.

POLSCI 140 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
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101 (LEC)
MTuWTh 12:00PM - 2:00PM
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