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The major objective of this course is to introduce students to the key concepts, theories and methods of comparative approach to politics. The course aims to familiarize the students with the institutional structures of various political systems.
Key concepts, theories and methods of comparative approach to politics. Research traditions in comparative study of politics. Theory building in comparative politics. Thematic analysis: Democracy, breakdowns and transitions. Policy making structures and institutions (parliamentarism vs. presidentialism; federalism vs. unitarism). Political parties and party systems. Social movements. Case analysis: Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, India, Iran.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Demonstrate an understanding of key concepts, theories and methodologies of comparative politics.
2. Apply conceptual and theoretical knowledge to practical examples.
3. Describe various political systems.
4. Design basic comparative research.
5. Find and use primary and secondary sources in comparative politics.
6. Communicate effectively in writing and speech.