Title: Introduction to Comparative Politics (790:103:H1)
Instructor: Brian Cramer
Instructor's email: cramer@rci.rutgers.edu
Days, Times, Location: On-line course; Session III (07/11/2011-8/17/2011)
Office Hours: By appointment
Synopsis: This course will introduce students to many of the leading research topics and theories 
in the field of comparative politics. Since the focus will be on theories, the scientific method, and
cross-national comparison for understanding various research topics in the field, the course will
not provide an in-depth analysis of the political systems of specific countries. Alternatively, the
course will examine the theories and research findings dealing with the causes of variation in
political regime type, various types of political institutions found within democracies, and the
economic performance and policies of different countries.