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Course Description:

Comparative Politics is the study of different political systems. In this course students will learn about different methods and approaches to the comparative study of political systems, institutions and forms of government. Some themes explored in this course include globalization, political economy, political violence, and the division between developed and developing countries. Students will gain a real world understanding of global studies and be able to analyze and evaluate past, present and future geopolitical issues in an informed manner. This course will both compare countries and regions, as well as specific institutions. Students will be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different political systems by studying the evolution of each political system. Using a combination of careful analysis, critical thinking, and the synthesis of information presented in texts and online course materials, students will be asked to present a case study comparison of two countries or regions. Students will be given the opportunity to tailor this case study to match their own interests and academic goals.

This course fully meets the general education requirement in Social Sciences.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Social Sciences-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Fall 1.

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