GOV 344L • Introduction to Comparative Politics
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
Important changes in the world at the start of the 21st century (the spread of democracy to diverse settings, the reemergence of ethnic conflict, increasing economic interdependence, and the events of September 11, 2001) make it an important time to study comparative politics. The main purpose of this course is to expose students to the field of comparative politics and provide them with the tools they need to evaluate differences between countries and changes in political and economic systems which have implications for the United States as well as the global economy.
To receive credit for the course, students are required to complete all assigned readings, to attend lecture, and to complete all assignments. There will be one midterm and one final exam as well as weekly homework assignments. The breakdown is as follows: Midterm 20% Final Exam 30% Weekly assignments 30% In-class assignments & Participation 20% Total 100%
Charles Hauss, Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges, Fourth Edition, 2003 Other readings TBA