Political Science | Comparative Politics: Approaches & Issues (3 Cr.)
Y557 | 3393 | Bielasiak


The course serves as the introductory survey in the field of comparative
politics.  This signifies the study of concepts and methods that are
applicable to more than one country in order to test theories about
politics.  The seminar's purpose is to provide an overview of how such
comparison is achieved, through an examination of the principal approaches,
methods, and issues affecting comparative inquiry.  The goal is broad
familiarity across the field, rather than in-depth knowledge of particular
issues or modes of analysis.  The first part of the course deals with
contending paradigms and diverse comparative methods.  The larger part of
the course will be devoted to the study of several approaches in comparative
politics.
Course requirements include active participation in class discussion, weekly
memos on the readings, two review essays (one a defense and one a critique
of the weekly readings), and a final examination.