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Comparative Politics (IAI S5 905)

Children holding an earth globeWhy study it?

Have you ever wondered why certain events and developments happen in some countries and not in others? Why have some countries been able to develop stable democratic governments, while others remain or become authoritarian? Or, why do some states have women in powerful political positions while others do not? The world of politics is full of rich and complex factors, which influence the way people vote, which leaders they support, what demands they make on government, and how governments work.  These are the types of issues dealt with in comparative politics and make it such a fascinating and exciting subject.

What is it?

Comparative politics, also called comparative government, is a method of scientific study in the field of political science. Comparative politics compares two or more countries and attempts to draw conclusions based on those comparisons. The course also examines politics from around the world, covering case studies of various countries. These could include the politics of more developed countries such as Great Britain, France, and Germany, the affairs of countries in transition (China, India) and the policies of developing nations, for example, Nigeria, Mexico, and Iran.

Earth IconLong considered one of the most important fields within political science, comparative politics covers a vast research landscape: the entire world. Comparative politics deals with all of the world’s diverse and fascinating political systems along with critical, current, and central themes such as democratization, development, and globalization. What could be more fascinating and inspiring? A student can travel the world and visit exotic and important places right in the online classroom.

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