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The USA in Comparative Perspective
Politics in the USA is often considered unique and incomparable, and US political science separates the study of American politics from comparative politics. This course overcomes this divide, considering politics and society in the United States comparatively, from a variety of viewpoints and by authors foreign and American, historical and contemporary. Important topics include: the colonial experience and independence; race relations and the African diaspora; nationalism and national identity; war and state-building; American exceptionalism, religion, and foreign policy; the role of political and economic institutions; and the origins and shape of the welfare state. (As the list suggests, the most common comparisons are with Latin America and Western Europe, but several of our authors look beyond these regions.)
Format: tutorial; a lecture in the first week; then ten weeks of tutorial; then a discussion class in the final week
Grading: no pass/fail option,
no fifth course option
five 5- to 6-page papers, five 1- to 2-page responses, and one 1-page essay for the final class
sophomores and students who have been denied enrollment in the course previously
Assignments are graded and returned weekly. After each student has written one long paper and one response, professor meets with them individually to discuss the composition and presentation of each genre.
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
PSCI American Politics Courses
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses