University of Notre Dame

World Politics: An Introduction to Comparative Politics

Course Number: POLS10400

We will study politics within different states around the world: how countries are similar to one another and how they differ. How did anti-authoritarian protests spread across the Middle East? Why are some states prone to ethnic conflict while others are not? What happens to former dictators after they are ousted from power? Why do some countries have just two parties, which are stable, while others have tens of fragile ones? How do attitudes about gender and religion influence politics? These are some of many questions we will discuss using cases studies from the Afghanistan, India, Mexico, Poland, China, Nigeria, France, Germany, Japan, and New Zealand. This introductory course fulfills the comparative politics breadth requirement for the Political Science major.