POL 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics

This course introduces students to different elements of political systems around the world. Case studies of countries are used to study political, economic, social, ideological, and regional factors. Through an exploration of various manifestations of these factors, including authoritarianism, totalitarianism, democracy, theocracy, capitalism, communism, and secularism, this course employs the comparative method in an effort to make broad generalization and to uncover political, economic, and ideological patterns.