David Last, PhD
The course will commence with an overview of the many different and competing theories of comparative politics, and will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each framework. In so doing, discussion will take place on the key issues in comparative politics. The course will also explore the increasing variety of measures employed in comparisons of the major regions and countries of the world. During the latter portion of the course, each student will select one country as a brief case study.
I interpret the course description to encompass the following specific learning objectives related to critical thinking and professional development:
Initial learning objectives (knowledge, comprehension, application)
Advanced learning objectives (analysis, synthesis, evaluation)
The course is normally taken by third year political science students as an introduction to a field of political science with the associated theories, methods, and cases. Military content includes issues and cases related to national security.
Dickovick & Eastwood (2013) Comparative Politics: Integrating Theories, Methods, and Cases. OUP. Issued to studentsBoix & Stokes Eds (2007) The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. OUP. On reserveCaramani (2008) Comparative Politics. OUP. Instructor resources provided onlineOther resources provided online
20 percent quizzes (best 4)
10 percent presentations (best 2)
40 percent Written assignments
Proposal 5; Bibliography 10; Present/discuss 5; Final 20 (or more)
30 percent Final exam
Detailed instructions for each graded component are on the web site.
The college policy on academic integrity governs all work submitted. Written work will be submitted through Turnitin.
Bring materials you need to class, including connected devices (laptop, tablet, cell-phone).
While the course is running, the primary means of communication and dissemination of course materials will be Moodle (the RMC learning management system). The professor’s web site will be used as an alternate, for when students do not have access to Moodle, or for guests and visitors to the class. Moodle is like a classroom. The professor’s website is like a bulletin board. Please be aware of both.