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Comparative Politics

  • POLI 109: Comparative Politics

    This course explores cross-nationally, the processes and institutions of nation-states. Students are introduced to the comparative method and to competing theories and approaches to political development, political culture and ideologies, participation, and civil-military relations. Case studies of specific countries are included.  This is one of the four "core courses" in the NJCU Political Science curriculum.

    POLI 209: Government and Politics of South America

    This is an introduction to government and politics of the Republics of South America with an emphasis on characteristic themes and issues; such as, militarism, power contenders, revolt and revolution, the role of the Church, population growth and the international debt crisis.

    POLI 210: Government and Politics of Mexico and the Caribbean

    The focus of this study is the nations of the Caribbean Basin, with emphasis on Mexico and the Spanish-speaking islands (Cuba, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico). Central America is also considered; with emphasis on the long-range implications for U.S. policy.

    POLI 221: Government and Politics of Africa

    This course is a survey of the sub-Saharan states, emphasizing problems of economic and political development.

    POLI 222: Government and Politics of Europe

    This course focuses on the political institutions and processes of European governments. Emphasizing domestic politics, students will examine the evolution of political institutions from World War II to the present.

    POLI 223:  Government and Politics of Asia

    This course explores leadership, government, and politics in Indonesia, Japan, India, China, Burma and Southeast Asia.

    POLI 224:  Politics of the Middle East

    This course explores the political dynamics of one of the world's perennial trouble spots. Particular attention is given to the rise of political Islam in the region.

    POLI 226:  Politics of Central Asia

    This course presents an overview of the politics and policies of the successor states to the Soviet Union and examines such factors as their geostrategic importance and the role of political Islam.

    POLI 322:  Advanced Studies in European Politics

    This course examines the regional politics of European governments.  Selected topics include the future of European integration, the Balkan conflicts, and Europe's refugee problem.  Prerequisite:  POLI 109 or permission of the Political Science Department Chair.