POL208 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
The course content involves providing an understanding of the key concepts and issues related to comparative politics and regional studies. Here, comparative politics is mainly understood as “politics within the State,” while through the regional studies approach students will also learn about political processes occurring at a sub- and supra-state level. Introduced to what comparative politics is, how to organize and design comparative research in political science, and debates on comparative politics methodologies. Introduction to the main concepts concerning the modern State, liberal democracy, and authoritarianism. Challenges to the Modern State and the erosion of State power from within and from the outside, thus introducing the concepts of localism and regionalism. Final part of the course will focus on analyzing political developments around the world through a number of regional case studies, focusing on Europe, the United States, the Middle East, the Post-Soviet Space, Asia, and Africa.