Field Seminar in Comparative Politics

A balding, middle-aged man wearing a tunic and sandals, sits against a monument with a pen in his hand.

Aristotle (1811) by Francesco Hayez. Aristotle's Politics is one of the most influential and enduring texts of political philosophy. (This image is in the public domain. Source: Wikipedia.)


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Fall 2013



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This course provides an introduction to the field of comparative politics. Readings include both classic and recent materials. Discussions include research design and research methods, in addition to topics such as political culture, social cleavages, the state, and democratic institutions. The emphasis on each issue depends in part on the interests of the students.

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Chappell Lawson. 17.588 Field Seminar in Comparative Politics. Fall 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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