POLS 003. Politics Across the World (CP)
This course teaches students how to analyze and compare the politics and societies of countries around the world. Topics vary by instructor but may include the origins of the contemporary system of nation-states, the consolidation and breakdown of democratic and authoritarian political regimes, the ways that the “rules of the game” in politics structure competition and favor certain groups over others, the politics of economic development and globalization, the nature and dynamics of social movements, revolutions and civil wars, and the role of identities, ideologies, and religious beliefs in shaping patterns of political development, and conflict, and inclusion/exclusion. The course also provides an introduction to some of the main theories, concepts, and methods used by political scientists who engage in the art of comparative politics. To explore these themes, we draw examples from a variety of countries and regions across the world.
Eligible for GLBL-Core
Fall 2020. Handlin.
Spring 2021. White.
Fall 2021. Balkan.
Spring 2022. Balkan, White.
Catalog chapter: Political Science
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/political-science
Check the Fall 2020 Schedule of Courses
Check the Spring 2021 Schedule of Courses