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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative Politics Introduction to Course Winter 2007 January 2, 2007 Introduction to Course Foundations of Comparative Politics Useful Information CourseSite : http :// instructional1 . calstatela . edu / tclim E - mail :* tclim@calstatela . edu

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pols 373 foundations of comparative politics

POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative Politics

Introduction to Course

Winter 2007

January 2, 2007

introduction to course foundations of comparative politics
Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

UsefulInformation

CourseSite:http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/tclim

E-mail:* tclim@calstatela.edu

*Alwaysthebestwaytocontactme

Appointments: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Lim_csla

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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Addendum to Syllabus

  • Mastering Course Material: It’s not easy, but it is possible and should be the goal of every student
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Addendum to Syllabus: Cellphones

  • No “instant” or “text messaging” in the classroom
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Addendum to Syllabus: Documentation

  • The need for written documentation: if it’s important, write it down, save it, and deliver it to the instructor
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Addendum to Syllabus: Arriving Late

  • If you’re late, you will miss the day’s quiz, but you can receive partial credit
  • Policy on late arrivals will bestrictly enforced
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • Why are there so many gun-related homicides in the United States?
  • Why do so many peoples and countries around the world remained mired in poverty and economic misery? Conversely, how have some peoples and countries been able to become “rich” and prosperous in only a generation or two?
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • Can the United States successfully impose democracy on Iraq or other countries? Or, are all such efforts doomed to failure?
  • What are the causes of“terrorism” and other forms of political violence? Is anyone capable of becoming a terrorist, or are terrorists the product of a particular type of society and culture?
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • What are the reasons for the relatively poor math and science skills of American teenagers?
  • Can a national health care system work?
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • How do you know if you’re right?
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • Finding the right answer requires …

testing

Two types of testing:

Experimentation or the experimental method

Comparative analysis or the comparative method

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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • What is comparative politics?

Is it just studying foreign countries?

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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • What is comparative politics?
    • One (very broad) answer: comparative politics is both a subject of study…
    • … and a method of study
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • What is comparative politics?
    • Point of clarification: Comparative Politics is not the same as International Relations (IR), although the distinction between the two fields has become blurred in recent times
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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • What is comparative politics?

Amended Definition

Comparative politics is based on comparative analysis and …

… focuses on the interplay of domestic and external forces on the politics of a given country, nation-state or society

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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • What is politics?

Is politics what happens in national governments? Is politics what political parties do?

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Introduction to CourseFoundations of Comparative Politics

Introductory Lecture: Questions

  • What is politics?

A process-oriented definition

Politics is about more than what governments chose to do or not do; it is about the uneven distribution of power in society, how the struggle over power is conducted, and its impact on the creation and distribution of resources, life chances and well-being