Introduction to Comparative Politics

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Comparative Politics

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    International Politics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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.

    Learning Objectives
    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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