PSC180.1 Introduction to Comparative Politics

As a major sub-field of political science, comparative politics seeks to offer a better understanding of the world we live in through an examination of the key aspects of political systems such as the nature of their regimes, governmental institutions, and party systems. As its name suggests, comparative politics also involves the systematic comparisons of politics in various countries around the world. The comparative method is an important means to analyze a variety of critical issues and questions in politics. How are democratic systems established and maintained? What are the major differences between democratic and authoritarian regimes? What are the sources of political conflicts? What types of political institutions are best suited to meet the demand of citizens? How do economic and social factors influence political life? What are the main reasons for military interventions and breakdown of democracies? SU students cannot earn credit for both this course and PSC 123.(POL 2352)

Department: Political Science

Location: Istanbul

Credits: 3