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Berg241.002 - Introduction to Comparative Politics(PO 241...

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1 Introduction to Comparative Politics (PO 241, sec. 2) Spring 2009 (MWF 1:00 – 1:50) Instructor: Dr. Marni Berg Clark Bldg., C-332 Office: 491-3446 e-mail: [email protected] Office hours: Mon. noon – 1 pm, Wed. 9 – 9:50 am, and by appointment Teaching Assistants: Mr. Jean Crissien and Mr. John Hultgren e-mails: [email protected] and [email protected] Office hours: Mr. DiCerbo’s office hours—TBA, Clark C-341A; Mr. Hultgren’s office hours—TBA, Clark C-348 491-7318 Purpose: The purpose of this course is to introduce students to many of the standard concepts used in analyzing governments in the context of comparative politics. Comparing political systems, between countries or over time, helps us to understand how and why political systems work. Moreover, it gives us greater understanding of how our own political system works. In addition to learning basic concepts, we will also discuss the political systems in the United Kingdom, France, China, Brazil, India and Nigeria. Using these countries as examples will give students a greater understanding of such key concepts as political development, political culture, political regimes and the state, political participation, and public policy.
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