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DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE Political Science 2300R - Comparative Politics (2008/09) MWF 11:30am-12:30pm, Henry Hicks A&A 201 Instructors: Sean Clark, Henry Hicks Rm 353 (494-6609), SN861357@dal.ca Office Hours : Wednesday, 1pm-3pm. Anupam Pandey, Henry Hicks Rm 353, An682646@dal.ca Office Hours : Friday, 9:15am-11:15am. We live in an era of rapid change world-wide, in which political activities and decisions hold striking consequences for peoples' lives. In Western Europe, for example, politicians and citizens are struggling with the implications of deeper and wider European integration for their own nation-states; in Eastern Europe, former Communist countries are attempting the difficult transition to liberal democratic and market-based political and economic structures; in Mexico, citizens are struggling to overcome the legacies of an authoritarian system and secure a democratic future; and in China, Communist leaders are attempting to promote economic liberalization without conceding the demise of their political order. This course proceeds on the assumption that it is fascinating to study diverse political systems and processes in their own right; but further, that through comparison and generalization, we can gain a better understanding of the characteristics of politics everywhere, including our own country. The course surveys the methods and scope of Comparative Politics. It does so through an examination of what have been the three major classifications of political systems in the post-World War II world: western democracies (industrial, capitalist nations); communist and former communist systems (centrally planned economies); and "Third World" countries (an increasingly problematic term encompassing "Newly Industrializing Countries" and "Less Developed Countries"). After a general overview of the nature of these classifications, countries from each will be studied in depth. Concepts and theories which are useful for comparing political life in various countries will be discussed in the second term. FORMAT The class will meet for 3 one-hour sessions per week. Generally speaking, there will be two core lectures per week. Opportunities for questions and discussion will be built into this time. In addition, throughout the year, students will undertake and present group projects linking case studies to the cases and concepts studied in the course. In general, one lecture hour will be devoted to a group presentation every second week. On Fridays, in addition to regular lecture material, there will also be special sessions on Internet and other research methods, as well as reviews of examination techniques. The grading thresholds are: 90-100 = A+ 77-79.9 = B+ 65-69.9 = C+ 50-55.9 = D 85-89.9 = A 73-76.9 = B 59-64.9 = C below 50 = F 80-84.9 = A- 70-72.9 = B- 56-58.9 = C- TEXTBOOKS: Students are expected to purchase the following text , which forms the basic reading requirements of the course: John McCormick, Comparative Politics in Transition
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This note was uploaded on 07/25/2009 for the course POLS 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '09 term at Rutgers.

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