Introduction to Comparative Politics
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
International Politics, Political Science
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits5
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units7
Hours & Credits
What can we learn by comparing the politics and government of different countries? This course examines competing explanations for democratic and authoritarian regimes including economic, cultural and institutional theories of state development. These theories are then applied to several case studies. 50% internal assessment, 50% examination. See major requirements for details.
Students who pass this course should be able to:
1. understand theories of state and regime development
2. identify the purpose and limitations of the comparative method and be able to use this
method in their own research to analyse cause and effect
3. be familiar with the political regimes of selected countries and be able to apply this
knowledge as evidence to support theoretical arguments
4. develop their capacity to question as they read, critically engaging with arguments and
evidence rather than accepting them without challenge
5. distil and synthesise definitions of key concepts and interpretations of central ideas from
lectures, tutorials and readings
6. conduct independent research on their own country case studies
7. construct persuasive arguments and express these clearly and concisely
Essay one- 25%
Essay two- 25%
Final Exam- 50%
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