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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon ; click on <Undergraduate Program>, then <UNDERGRAD LISTSERV> and ente Introduction to Comparative Politics – 01:790:103:08 1 Fall 2007 Van Dyck Hall, Room 211, College Avenue Campus Instructor: Carolyn J. Craig Contact Information: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday, 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Kreeger Learning Center (behind Brower Commons) Course description: Introduction to Comparative Politics offers students an opportunity to learn about different political systems – in both more and less economically developed countries – and examine them within a comparative framework. This course covers key differences in predominant systems of government – e.g. authoritarian and democratic – and variations in institutional arrangements – e.g. presidential and parliamentary – that affect politics and political outcomes. Additionally, we will explore theories of political development and organization. Learning these theories will entail learning different methodologies for analyzing politics, as well as critiques of the theories and methodologies. As instructor my goal is that you finish the course with an enhanced understanding of the complexity of political issues within and across nation-states, and an improved capacity to analyze political events and processes around the world. Required Reading Material: You are responsible for reading numerous selections from: Kesselman, Mark and Joel Krieger, eds. 2006. Readings in Comparative Politics: Political Challenges and Changing Agendas . New York: Houghton Mifflin Company. I have ordered this book for you through the Rutgers Bookstore, located across from the New Brunswick train station. You are responsible for reading other articles, chapters, and excerpts from textbooks which I have made available to you through the Rutgers Library online reserve system. To access these readings, go to the Rutgers Library homepage, login using your NetID, select “Find Reserves” and then click on the link to connect to Reserves. You can search for the course readings using my last name, the course number, or the course name. I expect you to follow news related to topics and countries we discuss in this course. I strongly encourage you to monitor national and world events through mainstream and alternative sources of news. Following the news will help you understand and retain concepts and facts covered in the course, and it likely will provide information you can use in your group paper and presentation. Assignments and Grading Rubric: Grades will be calculated as follows: Attendance and Reading Notebook: 30% Mid-term Exam: 20% Group Paper and Presentation: 20% Final Exam: 30% I have developed the requirements of this course in accordance with my belief that you will learn more if you are engaged with the material we cover on a continuous basis, and in a variety of 1 The course number for Introduction to Comparative Politics has been changed from 790:210 to 790:103. 1
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