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1 POLITICAL SCIENCE 2300 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS Dr. Steven Wolinetz

2 What is comparative politics? Systematic study of the differences and similarities among political systems? –Why some political systems are similar to each other –Why others differ from each other

3 Why compare? A way of systematically examining something, explaining or accounting for it. A device for understanding certain things – e.g. foreign countries (but also provinces, cities), putting them in context As a means of understanding your own country better

4 What do we compare? Political systems…. Countries…. Provinces or regions Local governments Political parties…… Apples, oranges…

5 Can we compare? Is each case unique? Or are there facets which are similar? Comparing apples and oranges

6 How do we can compare? Looking at most similar cases vs. looking at most different The use of concepts Classificatory schemes, typologies –We v they –Good guys v. bad guys –Democracies vs. non-democracies –Two party v. multiparty system

7 This course: POSC 1000 on steroids ? Expectations: –Completing assigned readings on schedule –Attending class –Actively engaging the material

8 Evaluation Research paper (due April 7 th )20% Midterm (Thursday, Feb. 27 th )20% Final Exam40% Net Assignments, short projects, 20% In-class exercises

9 How do well in this course: Do your readings on time Come to class Read newspapers, follow the news on line ACTIVELY ENGAGE THE MATERIAL

10 No-brainers Cut classes Don’t read – fall way behind Don’t think about the material Don’t submit net assignments Ask the prof: “Sir. I missed your class. Did you do anything important?

11 STUDENT INFORMATION CARD Political Science 2300 Name Student number Local address Home address (if different) Telephone Year of study Major minor


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