PSCI 440 Fall 2014 Senior Seminar in Comparative Politics: Political Development

The role of the United States in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and its adventures and misadventures in reconstituting order in those countries, have directed attention back to the dynamics, approaches, and debates in political development. This senior seminar in comparative politics critically examines the theories and problems of political development by focusing on three major topics in the sub-discipline: state formation, nationalism, and democratization. Drawing on both historical and contemporary cases, we consider the conditions that lead to strong and weak states, inclusive and exclusive nationalist mobilization, and democratic and autocratic government.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation; three short papers; ten weekly responses; and an oral exam covering two of the three topics
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: PSCI 204 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: senior Political Science majors concentrating in Comparative Politics
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 15
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1700
PSCI 440 - 01 (F) SEM Sr Sem: Political Development Division 2: Social Studies Ngonidzashe Munemo
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Hollander 258 1700
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