POLS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics • 5 Cr.


Introduces how societies and cultures organize their political, economic and social lives. Through comparison of political systems, students discover unique characteristics, challenges and opportunities as well as how political authority operates focusing on policy process, the economy, the role of citizens, and overall performance in a time of globalization.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Apply the comparative and case study methods to the study the politics.
  • Categorize different political, economic and social systems, institutions and processes.
  • Evaluate the ways in which countries differ politically, economically, and socially.
  • Apply concepts and theories from the field of comparative politics to the real world.
  • Compare and contrast diverse viewpoints and articulate well-reasoned arguments regarding contemporary political issues.
  • Distinguish comparative politics from international relations.
  • Comparatively evaluate the political and economic system of their home country.