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POLS 250 Comparative Politics 3 Credits
In this course, some of the critical tools for comparative analysis will be introduced. The units of comparative analysis can vary. Sometimes what is compared is the historical transformation on the road to becoming nation-states which may shed some light onto different political regime outcomes in various countries. Comparative analysis is done through pattern depiction, for instance, in three different countries such as Germany, Italy, and Japan that have experienced fascist regimes. Students learn to see what these cases have in common in terms of their political transformation that explains the rise of fascism in these particular cases and not in others. It is through such analyses that students equip themselves with tools towards making predictions about political regime changes. In sum, it is such tools that make political analysis possible. This course involves an analysis of the major modes of transformation and political modernization leading to various regime outcomes in the twentieth century. In the first part of the semester, the meaning of pre-modern and modern politics will be unraveled and particular state-formation and nation-building processes will be studied in the Western European context. In the second part, some of the critical features of the emerging political ideologies that accompany these processes will be studied. The third part of the course will focus on comparative electoral systems, political party structures, the dynamics among the legislative, executive and judiciary bodies of government in key West European countries throughout the twentieth century.

Last Offered Terms Course Name SU Credit
Spring 2019-2020 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2018-2019 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2017-2018 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2016-2017 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2015-2016 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2014-2015 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2013-2014 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2012-2013 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2011-2012 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2010-2011 Comparative Politics 3
Fall 2010-2011 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2009-2010 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2008-2009 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2007-2008 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2006-2007 Comparative Politics 3
Spring 2005-2006 Comparative Political Analysis 3
Spring 2004-2005 Comparative Political Analysis 3
Spring 2003-2004 Comparative Political Analysis 3
Spring 2002-2003 Comparative Political Analysis 3
Spring 2001-2002 Comparative Political Analysis 3
Spring 2000-2001 Comparative Political Analysis 3

Prerequisite: SPS 101 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
and SPS 102 - Undergraduate - Min Grade D
Corequisite: __
ECTS Credit: 6 ECTS (6 ECTS for students admitted before 2013-14 Academic Year)
General Requirements: