|Student Learning Outcomes -|
- Student will be able to research and develop 20 page research paper on any of the contending theoretical formulations in Comparative Government and Politics.
- Compare and contrast governmental systems to understand theories concerning both democratization and social justice (human rights, unemployment, equitable distribution, etc.).
- Critically analyze concepts and apply research to support hypothesis about course content.
|Description - |
|Introductory analysis of comparative governmental systems and politics emphasizing a variety of political forms, theory of political differentiation and development, and patterns, processes and regularities among political sysems in developing and developed world. As an honors course, it is a full seminar with advanced teaching methods focusing on major writing, reading, and research assignments, student class presentations, group discussions and interactions.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- compare and contrast variety of governmental systems and politics.
- identify and distinguish among range of political forms.
- analyze patterns, processes and regularities among political systems.
- compare and contrast models of development strategies.
- analyze theoretical formulations on comparative politics.
- formulate research design of comparative politics study.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Multi-media equipment
- overhead projector
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
B. Some Methodological Issues in Comparative Politics
- Introduction to Comparative Politics: What is it?
- Comparative Politics as a field of study.
- Comparative study of state, society, country, political system
- Comparative politics as different from International Relations
- Defining key concepts in comparative politics: State, Nation, Nation-State, Government
- Historical overview of field since World War II
C. Review of some major studies in Comparative Politics
- The structural-functional approach
- The three legs of comparative analysis: Theory, Evidence, Method
- The systems theory approach
- The historical/structural/dialectical approach
- World Systems theory approach
- The Cold War and its impact on capitalist and socialist societies
- The Stages of Capitalist Economic Growth
- Dependency, Structural Dependency, and Dependent Underdevelopment
- Incorporation of of nation states into Core, Semiperiphery, and Periphery
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Prepared and analytical contribution to seminar
- Oral presentations of assigned topics and continuous participation in seminar
- Development of research project in comparative politics
- Development of critical, analytical, research and writing skills
- Development of significant assigned research paper
- Professors meet with all seminar students in a series of individual and small group learning communities, out-of-class, to work together on students' research and presentation preparation.
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Charles Hauss and Meliss Haussman, Comparative Politics: Domestic Responses to Global Challenges, 8th edition, International Edition: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2013. ISBN: 978-1-111-83255-1. |
Nye, Joseph, Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History. New York: Pearson/Longman, 2009.
|Disciplines - |
|Political Science |
|Method of Instruction - |
|Lecture, Seminar-style discussions. |
|Lab Content - |
|Not applicable. |
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
|Students may be required to read longer, more complex journal articles in political science. Students my be required to write research papers of 12-20 pages in length with 10-20 sources. |