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40syll08posc - POSC 40: Comparative Politics Dr. Giaimo...

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POSC 40: Comparative Politics Spring 2008 Dr. Giaimo Course time and location: Dr. Giaimo's office: MWF 10:00-10:50 AM Wehr Physics 448 Engineering 202 Tel. (414) 288-3356 susan.giaimo@marquette.edu Office hours : MWF 11:00-12:00 PM and by appointment This course covers the basic problems and principles and the major themes, theories, and concepts of political science in the subfield of comparative politics. Some of the major questions we will explore include: What are the components of democracy? What are the prerequisites for and obstacles to democratization? What are the prospects for democracy in developing countries? Are capitalism and democracy inextricably related? How does democracy compare with other kinds of political systems? This course will introduce students to the major theories and approaches of comparative politics and will use selected countries as illustrative cases. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to understand the central concepts, theories, and analytical tools of comparative politics. As part of the University’s Core of Common Studies, this course will follow three learning objectives associated with the knowledge area of Individual and Social Behavior. According to the University, “At the completion of core studies, the student will be able to: Understand central concepts, theories, and methods used to explain individual and social behavior in one of the social and cultural disciplines. 2. Use knowledge of social scientific methods to analyze examples of individual and social behavior. 3. Evaluate the applicability of social scientific knowledge for understanding individual and social behavior in particular contexts.” Course Requirements Your grade will be based on the completion of the following written assignments and on class participation and attendance. The breakdown of the course grade is as follows: 1. Two in-class, multiple choice quizzes: 10% of your grade (5% each). 2. First in-class exam: 25% of your grade. 3. Second in-class exam: 25% of your grade. 4. A comprehensive, in-class final exam: 30% of your grade. 5. Class participation and attendance: 10% of your grade. 1
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This course has a substantial writing component in the in-class exams. I grade written exams primarily on the content and clarity of your argument, but will also consider writing style (grammar rules, punctuation, spelling, etc.). Therefore, I encourage students who wish to improve their writing skills to consult the Writing Center during the course of the semester. The Writing Center is located in Raynor Library R240; tel. 288-5542. (You need to call them to make an appointment.) Attendance at all classes is a requirement of this course. I will take attendance for each class and will follow College of Arts and Sciences policies on attendance. If you have seven (7) or more unexcused absences, your grade will be lowered accordingly.
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