• COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

    WALWIK 2015

     

    Comparative government and politics is not just about learning the difference between presidential and parliamentary, or figuring out how state capacity differs in authoritarian versus democratic states, or memorizing the specific formal leadership patterns in Britain or China. Rather, the introduction to comparative politics is about leaning how to analyze political change. For students, as for scholars, the questions that motivate us are also the questions that shape people's lives on a daily basis all over the globe. How cam we make democracy work/ Under what conditions can equality among people be created and sustained? How do marginalized people become part of a community? Under what conditions does violence erupt and spread?

    Comparative government and politics offers an exciting entrée into understanding a little bit more about the possibilities of, as well as the barriers to, individual opportunity and community development for people who live thousands of miles away, speak a different language, and exist in a very different culture.

     

     

    There are five major goals for this course

    1. Gaining an understanding of major comparative political concepts, themes and trends

    2. Knowing important facts about government and politics in Great Britain, Russia, China, Mexico, Iran and Nigeria

    3. Identifying patterns of political processes and behavior and analyzing their political and economic consequences

    4. Comparing and contrasting political institutions and processes across the countries

    5. Analyzing and interpreting basic data for comparing political systems
     

    While all these goals are important the 3rd goal, political and economic consequences, and the 4th goal, that of comparing and contrasting, will be a major focus.

    Grades/Expectations

    The class structure will be a combination of classroom lecture as well as collaborative opportunities. Class participation is vital and will be expected of all students.

    1. Chapter test (7) ….................................100 points each

    2. Briefing papers (6)…..............................200 points each

    3. Chapter terms and names.......................1 point each term total points vary

    4. Assigned reading...................................This will not be graded unless it is clear the reading is not being done

    5. Final Exam

    All assignments are expected to be turned in on time.

    Briefing papers not turned in on time will not be graded!

     
Last Modified on January 9, 2015