Students compare and contrast political institutions and processes across six countries (Great Britain, Mexico, Russia, Iran, China, and Nigeria) and analyze and interpret data to derive generalizations. Topics include:
• Introduction to Comparative Politics
• Sovereignty, Authority,and Power
• Political Institutions
• Citizens,Society,and the State
• Political and Economic Change
• Public Policy
We will also cover the European Union and general United States politics as they relate to the 6 core countries.
GOALS OF THE COURSE:
Students successfully completing this course will:
• Compare and contrast political concepts, themes, and generalizations; • Describe and explain typical patterns of political processes and behaviors and their consequences;
• Compare and contrast political institutions and processes across countries and to derive generalizations; and
• Analyze and interpret basic data relevant to comparative government and politics.