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

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1 Introduction to Comparative Politics (PO 241, sec. 1) Spring 2007 (MWF 1:00 – 1:50) Instructor: Dr. Marni Berg Clark Bldg., C-332 Office: 491-3446 e-mail: or Office hours: Mon. 10:00- 10:50, Wed. noon – 1 pm and by appointment 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. Upon completion of this course you should be able to combine factual information with political concepts to analyze political systems. Course Requirements: Students are expected to be conversant with material presented both in class and in the readings . It is important that you attend class, as the lectures will neither summarize nor
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