Political Science | Intro to Comparative Politics
Y107 | 3761 | Poloni-Staudinger

Many students have a basic understanding of politics in the United
States, however, often what we learn about politics in the U.S.
doesn’t hold for other countries around the world.  This course
introduces basic terms and concepts used to describe and compare
governments and politics around the world.  This course also
introduces information about government structures and political
activities in selected countries, which are used to gain a
comparative understanding of different political systems.  We will
focus on advanced industrial countries (Great Britain, Germany,
United States); Communist and Postcommunist countries (Russia and
China); Newly Industrializing Countries (Mexico and India); Less
Developed Countries (Nigeria); and the Islamic World (Egypt).

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

Learn basic facts about the organization and operation of politics in
our selected countries.
Define and apply terms and concepts generally used in comparative
Understand and critique widely-used themes and categories used to
describe politics and governments (for example, liberal democracy,
developed nations, left versus right, ect)
Compare the similarities and differences (structure, processes,
political issues) between these countries and also with the United
Analyze U.S. institutions and policies from a comparative and non-
American perspective
Critique and critically analyze news articles on government and

In order to achieve these goals, the course requirements include a
mixture of reading, writing and oral assignments.