Political Science | Intro to Comparative Politics
Y107 | 20436 | Morris MacLean


This course looks at a variety of regions around the world (i.e.,
Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North
America) in order to investigate some of the most important and
fundamental questions about politics: Why are some countries
democratic and others not? Why are some governments able to provide
security for their citizens while others offer little or
disintegrate? Why do some countries prosper economically while many
continue to struggle with widespread poverty? Why does popular
protest and group conflict lead to violence in some cases, but not
in others?  By learning about political life in different countries
and comparing their different experiences, students will develop the
skills to think critically and begin to answer these important
questions.  The course will focus on several countries from the
above regions, including: Ghana, Brazil, China, Democratic Republic
of Congo, Northern Ireland, Russia, Rwanda, U.K., and the U.S.  The
requirements will include: a news journal, four quizzes, midterm,
and final exam.