POL 210 - Comparative Politics

Without comparisons to make, the mind does not know how to proceed.


--Alexis de Tocqueville

Text: Hauss, Charles. Comparative Politics; 8e (2013) 

Practice Quizzes:

Be sure to take practice quizzes : I plan to take questions from these quizzes for my "regular" quizzes & exams

Go here for the textbook practice Quizzes for chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4

Extra Credit Opportunities

UK Background & Clips


-- includes readings and assignments

Midterm Study Guide-- will be updated throughout the semester

Final Study Guide -- will be updated throughout the semester

Course Description & Objectives:

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of comparative politics.   The study of the political and social experiences of other countries heightens our understanding of politics in general as well as here in the United States. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental structure of the governments of several key countries (the US, the UK, China and Russia, among others).  Students will also demonstrate understanding of the institutional workings within these countries and how various personalities and forces interact with these countries’ political institutions and processes to shape policies.  Students should be able to compare systemic and policy differences between countries in the hopes of obtaining some fundamental truths about politics in general.  

To help you illustrate the similarities and differences around the globe, you will write a paper comparing some aspect of public policy.  This would not be a ‘traditional’ research paper, but would be in the form of a policy proposal.  The goal of the paper (and of the class) is for you to learn about an aspect of comparative politics as well as improve your understanding the relevance of comparative politics.