04:30 PM to 05:45 PM TR
Section Information for Fall 2022
This course introduces students to the key concepts of comparative politics, comparative methods, and theoretical and analytical tools used in social sciences broadly. The themes include logical explanations, games of politics, state formation, regime types, democratization, determinants and consequences of differing types of political rules. The course is structured to help students understand the existence of different types of political system; political processes and outcomes based on rational choice of actors involved; and their implications for the globalized world today. It is also designed to encourage students to read cases related to each topic and apply comparative analysis with other similar/different cases. The curriculum includes some exercise and assignments aiming to design comparative research, critically assess causal explanations, and to logically explain the political phenomenon and international politics of today.