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Introduction to Comparative Politics and Policy

Introduction to the internal politics and policies of various countries throughout the world. Themes of the course include: methods and approaches of comparative analysis; democratic vs. authoritarian systems; political culture and state traditions; political attitudes and ideologies; executive, legislative, and judicial systems; electoral and party systems; interest groups and other civil society actors; political economy; and selected domestic and foreign policy issues. Students may elect to use this course as part of their preparation for study abroad.

Course Number

POLS 130 B1


Ellett, Rachel L.





Course Format


Course Format Description

Synchronous online course meetings two to three times a week. Students must attend at the assigned course time. Asynchronous work will include small group assignments, videos, lectures, discussion posts and other short writing assignments. Students will also meet in small groups by themselves.

Time Slot

Mid Morning



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