Introduction to Comparative Politics
Traditionally, political science has been divided into a number of subfields: Political Theory, International Relations, Public Policy, and Comparative Politics. This course will provide students with an introduction to comparative politics.
The field of comparative politics may include the study of governing institutions, electoral behavior and procedures, public policy, political economy, social movements and organizations, protest and revolution. Comparative politics is an approach to studying political behavior that focuses on comparing the impact of different features of government, society, and economy to allow us to make generalizations about how the political world operates. Comparative politics focuses on explanation – what are the causes and/or consequences of particular features of the political world.