Fall 2012

Topics in Comparative Politics

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-201


Gizem F. Zencirci (Section 01)


[CP, IR][SC - starting with the class of 2015] This course is designed to introduce students to the basics of comparative politics. We will focus on questions such as: Why are some countries rich while others are poor? Why is democratization a challenge for some countries? Is world capitalism the answer or the problem? Are some countries more prone to violence?  What are the legacies of colonialism in the Third World? Through critical comparative analysis, we will examine the challenges of state-building, nation-formation, economic development and democratization, and globalization. The political systems of a number of countries (Great Britain, Germany, France, Brazil, India, Nigeria among others) will be examined in conjunction with theoretical investigations about the nature of contemporary politics.   The primary goal of this class is to enable students to be able to compare countries in relation to these key themes and develop an analytical eye towards understanding contemporary political problems and their historical background.

Limited to 25 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Zencirci.

Cost: 11.00 ?


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012