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Democracy and Dictatorship: Politics in the Contemporary World

GOVT 157
Fall 2009
Section: 01   02  
Certificates: International Relations

In this introduction to politics in industrialized capitalist, state socialist, and developing countries, we explore the meaning of central concepts like democracy and socialism, the strengths and weaknesses of different kinds of political institutions (e.g., presidentialism vs. parliamentarianism in liberal democratic countries), the causes and consequences of shifts between types of political systems (e.g., the collapse of state socialism), and the relations among social, economic, and political changes (e.g., among social justice, economic growth, and political democracy in developing countries).

Essential Capabilities: Effective Citizenship, Intercultural Literacy
Questions of effective political action are central to many of the topics covered in the course. A main purpose of the course is to advance the understanding of political systems around the world, which involves the analysis and comparison of societies and political cultures.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Polit Econ)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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