Comparative Government and Politics POLS 241 Section 1 MWF 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. Spring 2008 Instructor:Dr. Pamela Duncan Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 10 – 11 a.m.; Tuesday 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; and by appointment Office: Clark C-330 Telephone: (970) 491-6083 Email: [email protected]Teaching Assistants:Francesca Clark Ivana Medved Office: 122 Johnson Hall Office: C344-F Clark Office hours: Monday10–12; Wednesday 10-11 Office hours: Wednesday 12:30 – 3:30 Email: [email protected]Email: [email protected]Texts:Gabriel Almond et. al., Comparative Politics Today: A World View, 9thedition. New York: Pearson Longman, 2008. ISBN: 9780205529315. Reserve readings as assigned (please see attached directions on accessing reserve readings). Course Objectives:Comparing political systems, between countries or over time, helps us to understand why and how political systems work. This course introduces students to basic concepts to use in analyzing political systems, and provides introductory level information on five selected countries: Britain, France, Mexico, China, and Iran. The comparative field of political science is both wide and deep, with virtually endless amounts of data and analysis. This course is intended to simply open the door to the field, providing an introductory glimpse. By semester’s end, it is hoped that students will have a general understanding of these five countries, as well as the conceptual tools to begin to analyze and understand additional countries of their own choosing. Course Requirements and Evaluation:You are expected to attend class and keep up with the assigned readings. The lectures will supplement the readings, and willinclude information thatthe readings do not cover.You will be tested on both reading and lecture material.I DO NOT ANTICIPATE CURVING THE GRADES. Students will be evaluated in terms of point totals at the end of the session. You are welcome to see me at any time during the session to assess your progress. There will be a total of 600 points possible, based on the following:
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