This unit examines major concepts and theories of comparative politics. Employing a range of theoretical perspectives and drawing on diverse cases from around the world, it explores topics such as the state, political regimes, development, institutional design, and state-society relations. Several major research traditions, schools of thought, and methodological approaches will be considered, and students will acquire the basic tools of comparative analysis. The unit will also explore some of the major debates and controversies among scholars working in this area.
2x1500wd writing assignment (40%), 1x3000wd research paper (50%), participation (10%)