DEMOCRACIES AND DICTATORSHIPS: INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Credit points: 15
Why are some countries democratic, but others are not? What is the best institutional framework for multi-ethnic societies? Why are corruption and clientelism rampant in some countries, but not in others? And how do we explain the changing nature of political activism across the globe? This unit answers these and other questions as it introduces students to some key concepts and analytical tools in the field of comparative politics. Using examples from a wide range of countries, it examines how institutions, ideas and social structures affect the nature of political systems and shape processes of socio-political change. Upon completion, students will be equipped with a firm grounding in important analytical skills required for more advanced subjects in political science, international relations and international development.
FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG
Special conditions Core subject at first-year level for a politics major in Bachelor of Arts (ABA)
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Comparative Government and Politics (9th edition)||Prescribed||R.Hague and Harrop, M||HOUNDMILLS, PALGRAVE MACMILLAN 2013|
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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDirk Tomsa
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
|Online Activity (equivalent to 800 words)||20|
|Research essay OR Take-home exam (1600 words)||40|
|Short assignment (800 words)||20|
|Tutorial-based activity (equivalent 800 words)||20|