PSCI 248
The USA in Comparative Perspective Fall 2021
Division II Writing Skills

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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; national identity and authoritarian populist nationalism; 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.)
The Class: Format: tutorial; a lecture in the first week; then ten weeks of tutorial; then a discussion class in the final week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1671
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: five 5- to 6-page papers, five 1- to 2-page responses, and one 1-page essay for the final class
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and students who have been denied enrollment in the course previously
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: 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. For the final class, students bring a one-page response written in "E-prime," English without the verb "to be."
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
PSCI American Politics Courses
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses

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