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Title: POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative Politics


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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative Politics
  • Introductory Class Meeting
  • Winter Quarter
  • January 2, 2008
  • Professor Timothy C. Lim
  • CSU Los Angeles
  • tclim_at_calstatela.edu

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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Basic Information

The best method of contacting me is by e-mail. In
fact, when contacting me about any issue of
importance, make sure to send me an e-mail. This
provides written documentation.
CourseSite instructional1.calstatela.edu/tclim
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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Course Overview
  • Key Objective Becoming a good comparativist
  • Learning to explain/understand big events and
    processes in various countries and societies
    throughout the world
  • Big events and processes include
    democratization, state-building, ethnic and/or
    domestic conflict (including terrorism),
    national poverty and capitalist development
  • Learn to think about and analyze issues--both
    big and small--in a systematic and scientific
    manner using the tools of comparative political
    analysis

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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Course Overview Key Questions and Issues
  • Methodological Questions
  • Why compare? How should we compare? What can or
    should we compare?
  • Substantive Questions
  • Why are poor countries poor? Why is East Asia
    rich?
  • What makes a democracy?
  • What makes a terrorist?

In this course, we will examine in depth these
and other important questions
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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Course Requirements
  • Your grade in this class will be based on
    several major requirements, as follows
  • Daily Quizzes (25) No make-up quizzes!
  • Midterm Examination (20)
  • Final Examination, which
    includes both an in-class (25) and
    take-home component (30)

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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Course Textbook
  • Doing Comparative Politics An Introduction to
    Approaches and Issues (Boulder Lynne Rienner
    Publishers, 2006)
  • Available in the universitybookstore or online

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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Special Note
  • On January 7, 9 and 14 we will have a special
    guest lecture at the beginning of the class
    period
  • The lecturers are all candidates for a full-time
    position in Latin American Politics in the
    Department of Political Science
  • Your attendance for these lectures is, of
    course, required. Even more, you should
    make every effort to arrive on time and to
    assist in the process of selecting a new
    faculty member for the Department of
    Political Science!

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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Addendum to Syllabus Policies
  • Policy on Electronic Devices
  • Prior to the beginning of class
  • Turn off your cell phones and other electronic
    devices, and
  • Remove all such devices from your desktops
  • Laptops computers are permissible for note
    taking, but you may not use them during quizzes
    or for any other activities during class

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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Addendum to Syllabus Policies
  • Policy on Electronic Devices
  • Please (!) refrain from texting or instant
    messaging at your desks
  • This is always noticeable, even when youre
    sitting in the back row of the classroom
  • If you cannot help yourself, dont come to
    class
  • Violations of this policy may result in a
    reduction of your quiz score for that day

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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Synopsis Documentarian Michael Moore takes a
    look at handgun violence in America, using the
    massacre at Columbine High School and the case
    of a six year old boy shooting a fellow student
    in Michigan as focal points. Over the course
    of almost two hours, Moore covers a lot of
    social ground as he attempts not only to paint a
    portrait of the problem, but to look into those
    things that drive it
  • (Source http//www.reelcriticism.com/)

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POLS 373 Foundations of Comparative
PoliticsIntroductory Class Meeting Professor
Timothy Lim CSU Los Angeles
  • Bowling for Columbine Questions
  • What is the basic argument being put forth by
    Moore? In other words, what is his thesis?
  • Does Moore have a theory ofgun violence? What
    is it?
  • What sort of comparisons does Moore use to
    support his thesis?
  • What type of evidence does Moore use to support
    his argument?

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