This fully online course is designed as an introductory survey of the field of comparative politics, a subfield of the discipline of political science that analyzes political phenomena and institutions at the domestic (state and sub-state) level. In this course we will explore a broad range of topics such as institutions, the modern state and its formation, autocratic and democratic regimes, varieties of executive-legislature institutional design, state breakdown and regime transition and revolutions, political parties and electoral systems, political conflict and violence, ethnicity and nationalism, and economic development. While these topics do not constitute an exhaustive list, they arguably represent the most important ones that concern the field of comparative politics at large.
Please refer to the course syllabus under 'Files' for more details.
We will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00PM to 2:10PM via Zoom through this link:
My office hours are on Wednesdays, 2:15PM to 3PM via Zoom through this link: