Calendar Description: The course will commence with an overview of the many different and competing theories of comparative politics, and will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each framework. In so doing, discussion will take place on the key issues in comparative politics. The course will also explore the increasing variety of measures employed in comparisons of the major regions and countries of the world. During the latter portion of the course, each student will select one country* as a brief case study.

*In fall 2011 I will teach theory, sources, and methods, and you will confirm this knowledge by presentation of comparative cases.  You will be introduced to theories of structural functionalism, revolution, modernization, devolution, secession, and state failure in preparation for POE322, and you will master most similar systems and most different systems design (MSSD and MDSD) for comparative studies.  Students will select a theory, an issue (e.g. elections, secession, state failure, revolution, modernization) and one or more cases for comparison in time series or cross section.

Prerequisite: POE/F106 or equivalent

Note: For students of the Second, Third or Fourth Year taking Arts.

3- 0- 6

Credit(s): 1

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Comparative Politics I - Theory and Method

Comparative politics is both a subject of study, and a method for answering questions about the real world of politics.  Because we cannot conduct experiments to learn the causes of things, we compare cases to each other, and to themselves over time.