Power and Politics in the Modern World: Comparative Perspectives
This information is for the 2017/18 session.
Dr David Woodruff
Other members of Government Department staff will also teach on the course.
This course is available on the BSc in Government, BSc in Government and Economics, BSc in Government and History, BSc in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, BSc in Politics and International Relations and BSc in Politics and Philosophy. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
This course is capped at 4 groups.
Students must have completed Introduction to Political Science (GV101).
Other background in political science will be considered as a substitute for GV101 for students outside of Government.
This course will acquaint students with the contemporary study of comparative politics, focusing on theories susceptible to testing with narrative historical evidence. Students will learn to address the methodological challenges of developing and testing such theories. The course will treat a wide variety of themes, including ethnic and political violence, the political impact of natural resources in developing countries, social movements and revolution, the political economy of distribution, and political ideologies. With respect to each theme, students will receive a grounding in theories of the topic and and samples of application to empirical cases drawn from throughout the developed, developing, and post-Communist world.
10 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of classes in the ST.
Classes will run from Weeks 2-5 and 7-11 in MT and Weeks 1-5 and 7-11 in LT. There will be a reading week in Week 6 of both terms.
The Week 11 lecture in LT will be a revision lecture and there will be one revision class per group in Week 1 of ST.
Students will be expected to produce 2 essays in the MT and 2 essays in the LT.
Skocpol, Theda. States and Social Revolutions. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979
Cederman, Lars-Erik, Nils B. Weidmann, and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. 2011. Horizontal inequalities and ethnonationalist civil war: A global comparison. American Political Science Review 105 (03): 478-495
Hertog, Steffen. "Shaping the Saudi State: Human Agency's Shifting Role in Rentier-State Formation." International Journal of Middle East Studies 39, no. 4 (2007): doi:10.2307/30069487. http://www.jstor.org/stable/30069487.
Weyland, Kurt. "The Rise of Latin America's Two Lefts: Insights From Rentier State Theory." Comparative Politics 41, no. 2 (2009): 145-164. http://www.jstor.org/stable/40599207
Hacker, Jacob S, and Paul Pierson. "Winner-Take-All Politics: Public Policy, Political Organization, and the Precipitous Rise of Top Incomes in the United States." Politics & Society 38, no. 2 (2010): doi:10.1177/0032329210365042
Orloff, Ann Shola. "Gender and the Social Rights of Citizenship: The Comparative Analysis of Gender Relations and Welfare States." American Sociological Review 58, no. 3 (1993): doi:10.2307/2095903
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Student performance results
(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Total students 2016/17: 53
Average class size 2016/17: 14
Capped 2016/17: Yes (45)
Lecture capture used 2016/17: Yes (MT & LT)
Value: One Unit
- Team working
Course survey results
(2014/15 - 2016/17 combined)1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score
The scores below are average responses.
Response rate: 60%
Reading list (Q2.1)
Course satisfied (Q2.4)