Political Science | Intro to Comparative Politics
Y107 | 10647 | Razo


This course has a dual purpose: to introduce students to political
science and to show how political scientists compare and contrast
different countries.   Students will gain a basic understanding of
the variety of political systems that different societies have
established throughout history.  We will pay particular attention to
the economic consequences of different types of government to
understand why some countries are rich and others are poor, but will
also explore various other topics such as presidential and
parliamentary democracies, dictatorships, political order and
conflict, political participation, public policies, and social
movements.  Political theories will be illustrated with case
readings and regular short films from selected countries in Europe,
Asia, and Latin America.