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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Dec 17, 2017
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

POLS 003. Introduction to Comparative Political Systems

This course provides an introduction to the comparative, cross-national study of states, focusing on the origins of the contemporary system of nation-states, the nature of revolution, political and economic development processes, the theory and practice of democratization, and the role of ideas, philosophies, ideologies, and religious beliefs in shaping patterns of political development.  We will examine contemporary examples of political conflict and political violence, and discuss the ways in which international politics, globalization, and technological innovation impinge on domestic politics. The course also provides an introduction to the theories and methods used by political scientists who engage in the art of comparative politics. To illustrate these themes, we will examine a wide variety of countries, cases, and topics.
Social sciences.
1 credit.
Fall 2017. Balkan, Dobbs.
Spring 2018. White, Balkan.
Fall 2018. Balkan.
Spring 2019. Balkan.
Catalog chapter: Political Science  
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