POLI-324 Issues in Comparative Politics

This course focuses on topics relevant to the study of politics and governance outside of the United States. Such topics include the origins, development and current state of party systems in modern democratic governments; the comparison of different modes of political behavior (including public opinion, elections and voting, and protest) in advanced industrial democracies; an examination of how economic policies (including social welfare policies) are developed and implemented under different political systems; and the complex relationship between national identity and the legitimacy of the state. This course is intended to provide students interested in Comparative Politics with a deeper understanding of some of the current lines of inquiry in that field. The course may be repeated for credit if the subtitle (and therefore the course content) is changed.  There are no prerequisites, however POLI-121 is recommended. 4 SH. CC: Social Interactions.