Comparative Politics

PLSC 1340 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Analyzes and contrasts different patterns of national political development in Western, Marxist-Leninist, and Third World countries. Political dilemmas confronting each type of system will be examined. (Cloward, Lusztig (Honors), Lusztig, Wong)

PLSC 3340 Western European Politics

The political development of Britain, France, and Germany. Topics include: the emergence of parliament and parties; democratic breakdown and the rise of fascism; modern parties and interest groups; state economic planning; corporatism; extra parliamentary oppositions.  (Hollifield)

PLSC 3341 Politics of Participation and Representation in Western Democracies

This course focuses on the numerous avenues through which citizens influence politics and policy making in advanced industrial democracies. The course will consider the implications of formal institutional structures, such as electoral and party systems, the impact of organized groups, as well as more informal forms of participation, such as protest movements and citizen initiatives.

PLSC 3342 Making Democracy Work 

This course aims to answer the fundamental questions of why democracy thrives in some nations while in others in struggles, and in many more it has not yet taken root.

PLSC 3345 Government and Politics of the Middle East

A survey of modern Middle East governments and politics; historical, ideological, and economic and social influences on their domestic and foreign policies; analysis of emerging political forms; some emphasis on modernization problems.

PLSC 3346 Japanese Politics and Society

A study of political institutions, foreign policies and international relations, and the economic and social problems of Japan.  (Takeuchi)

PLSC 3347 Government and Politics of Africa

The politics of sub-Saharan Africa in an international context, emphasizing the problems of race, nationalism, and economic development.

PLSC 3348 Government and Politics of Latin America

The structure, functions, and operations of government in Latin American countries with emphasis on political practices and institutions.  

PLSC 3349 Politics of Major Latin American Countries

An introduction to the problems of political development in some of the major countries of Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. 

PLSC 3352 Chinese Politics 

The purpose of this course is twofold: 1) to give students a general familiarity with Chinese political history since the Opium Wars and 2) to consider some of the major challenges confronting the People's Republic of China today. 

PLSC 3355 The Political Economy of the Welfare State 

Focuses on the origins, evolution, and management of industrial democracy in Europe and America. It emphasizes the interconnections between politic and economic challenges inherent in policy making, and the economic implications of public policy.

PLSC 3358 Government and Politics of Russia

Examines attempts to reform the Soviet Union since 1985. In particular it analyzes the social and political processes behind the demise of the Soviet system. Emphasis is placed on sources for support of, as well as obstacles to, political, economic, and social reform in post-communist Russia.

PLSC 3359 From Communism to Democracy

The rise and fall of communist regimes and the transition to democracy in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, emphasizing social, economic, and political influences affecting divergent paths to democracy.

PLSC 4340 Special Studies in Comparative Governments and Politics: Southeast Asian Politics, Economy and Security

This course explores the politics of a region critical to global trade and security. Previously a major battleground for imperialist ambitions and for Cold War power struggles, Southeast Asia continues to occupy the international crossroads.

PLSC 4340 Special Studies in Comparative Governments and Politics:  Politics and Islam 

This course explores the politics of Islam in Asia and the Middle East.  We study the context for the rise of Islam as a political force in different societies, paying attention to cultural and ideological diversity in the Muslim World. 

PLSC 4340 Special Studies in Comparative Governments and Politics:  Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective 

This course surveys classic and contemporary scholarship on women and gender in world politics.  It will introduce students to feminist theoretical frameworks for thinking about politics, as well as to the empirical exploration of a variety of key topics within the larger field of gender and politics.  These topics include women's political participation and representation, their role in the family and the state, and their experiences with war, human rights and globalization.

PLSC 4340 Special Studies in Comparative Governments and Politics:  Politics of India

Modern India is a great case study of two great political experiments.  transition from colonial rule to home rule is never easy.  Building and sustaining a democracy is difficult, and is made the harder in the face of poverty.  India has achieved success in self-government and nation-building.  India has built and sustained  democratic government. Find out how India met these tests.

PLSC 4340 Special Studies in Comparative Governments and Politics:  India's Political Economy 

This course will focus on the political economy of post-independent India. Different stages of relationship between the state and market will be analyzed.  Special emphasis will be given to the politics of economic reform in the post-1991 India.

PLSC 4341 Rights and Representation

This course will examine the tension that exists between rights and democratic representation. Issues explored include judicial social policy making, individual versus collective rights, aboriginal rights, and affirmative action.   (Lusztig)

PLSC 4342 Why Nations Revolt

This course provides an introduction to revolutions by surveying the major theories that have been developed to explain the occurrence of revolutions. Various revolutions will be examined in case studies, including the French, Russian, Nazi and Chinese revolutions. In addition, at least one peasant revolution in the Third World will be covered.

PLSC 4344 Gender in World Politics

This course surveys classic and contemporary scholarship on women and gender in world politics, focusing on theoretical and empirical exploration of political participation, representation, activism, democracy, war, and human rights. (Cloward)

PLSC 4348 Seminar: Comparative Government and Politics

An overview of the central questions in the study of comparative government and politics 

PLSC 4353 Government/Politics of East Asia

Analysis of various aspects of social change and modernization and their effects on mass and elite political behavior and political processes in selected countries of East Asia

PLSC 4354 The Third World and North-South Relations 

An inquiry into problems and theories of political economy of development and dependency in the Third World countries.

PLSC 4356 Latin American Political Economy

This course focuses on the challenges facing public policy in the Latin American region and how to interpret that region's politics and economic frustrations. Attention is paid to the basic rules of the Latin American political game and the lack of agreement on them.   

PLSC 4358 Soviet Politics: Revolution to Revolution

A survey of Soviet political history from 1971 to 1991. Special attention is devoted to the way in which each Soviet leader attempted to change the political and economic system.