World Politics: Intro to Comp

Primary Number: POLS 10400-01

ConStudies Number: CNST 20200

ConStudies CRN: 32396

Primary CRN: X

Instructor: McAdams III, A. James (AMCADAMS)

Day/Time: MWF 9:25am-10:15am

Attributes: SOSC - old Core Social Science; WKSS - new Core Social Science

Location: X

This course will focus on the relationship between democratic institutions, peace, and economic/human development. While drawing on lessons from North America and Europe, we will focus largely on countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. During the semester, we will discuss and debate the merits of various explanations or hypotheses that political scientists have proposed to answer the following questions: Why are some countries more "developed" and democratic than others? Is development necessary for democracy or democracy necessary for development? What is the relationship between culture, development, and democracy? How do different types of political institutions affect the prospects for development and democracy? Should/how should U.S. and other established democracies promote democratization? By the end of the course, the objectives are that students (1) learn the most important theories intended to explain why some countries are more democratic and "developed" than others, (2) understand the complexity of any relationship between democracy and development, and (3) grow in the ability to think about and intelligently assess the strengths and weaknesses of strategies intended to promote democracy and development.