This course, including major topics in comparative politics, is designed for the students who wanting to familiarize themselves with the subfield, its evolution, and emerging research questions and controversies. Upon completion of this course, students should have an understanding of the historical development of intellectual trends in the study of comparative politics and ability to articulate the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
This course considers works of theoretical importance dealing with politics in the developed and developing world and examines the main theoretical and conceptual building blocks of the sub-field. The course proceeds thematically and each week we discuss a subsection of the pertinent scholarly literature. Critical thinking is stressed throughout the course. Because this is a reading and discussion seminar, active student participation is essential.
There is an enormous amount of material that is not on the list due to time constraints. In order to complete your training as a comparativist, you will need to take additional courses in the field and regularly browse the recent journal literature.