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.

PLSC 3340 Western European Politics

The political development of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. Topics include the emergence of parliament and parties, democratic breakdown and the rise of fascism, modern parties and interest groups, state economic planning, corporatism, and extraparliamentary oppositions.

PLSC 3341 Introduction to Comparative Law

An introduction to the comparative study of different legal systems. Topics may include the following: civil law, European Union law, and comparative approaches to individual rights.

PLSC 3342 Making Democracy Work 

Aims to answer the fundamental question of why democracy thrives in some nations while in others it 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, including historical, ideological, economic, and social influences on their domestic and foreign policies. Also, analysis of emerging political forms, with some emphasis on modernization problems.

PLSC 3346 Japanese Politics and Society

A survey of the major political and social trends in Japan, focusing on popular attitudes, political participation, and the government's response.

PLSC 3347 Government and Politics of Africa

The politics of 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 

A survey of Chinese political history since the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 and the major challenges confronting the PRC today, evaluating the positive and negative aspects of China's socialist experiment by using a working knowledge of Chinese politics.

PLSC 3358 Government and Politics of Russia

Examines attempts to reform the former Soviet Union since 1985, and 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

Special studies course in Comparative Governments and Politics, topics vary.

PLSC 4341 Comparative Rights and Representation

Examines the tension that exists between rights and democratic representation. Explores judicial activism in making social policy, individual versus collective rights, aboriginal rights, and affirmative action.

PLSC 4342 Why Nations Revolt

Survey of the major theories that have been developed to explain the occurrence of revolutions. Examines various revolutions as case studies, including the French, Russian, Nazi, and Chinese revolutions, and at least one peasant revolution in the Third World.

PLSC 4344 Gender in World Politics

A survey of classic and contemporary scholarship on women and gender in world politics, focusing on theoretical and empirical explorations of political participation, representation, activism, democracy, war, and human rights.

PLSC 4345 Islam and Politics

Examines how Islamic political philosophy, institutions, and actors have evolved in diverse ways as Muslims have responded to challenges from inside and outside their societies both historically and in contemporary times.

PLSC 4346 Movements and Protests

Examines why social movements, protests, and revolutions occur, and explores their impact on culture and political processes. Focuses on non-democracies and transitional regimes in Eastern Europe, East Asia, and the Middle East.

PLSC 4348 Seminar: Comparative Government and Politics

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

PLSC 4350 Game Theory for Political Science

Politics is about conflict. When there is conflict, there will be strategy. This course examines the complicated strategic interactions within the framework of game theory.

PLSC 4353 Political Economy of East Asia

Analysis of the interplay between politics and economics in East Asia, examining in what ways and to what degree the growth experiences of the high-performing economies in East Asia shed light on the prospects for long-term success of reforms currently underway in China.

PLSC 4354 The Third World and North-South Relations 

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

PLSC 4355 Comparative Political Economy of Industrialized Democracies

Examines the nature and workings of the political economies of industrialized democracies of North America, Europe, and the Pacific in comparative perspective. Recommended: Prior completion of one introductory political science and/or economics course.

PLSC 4356 Latin American Political Economy

Focuses on the challenges facing public policy in the Latin American region and ways to interpret that region’s politics and economic frustrations. Attentive to the basic rules of the Latin American political game and the lack of agreement on them.