CPOL-1100 Introduction to comparative politics

Comparative politics is one of the core areas within Political Science. The explanation for this lies on the fact that a considerable amount of the academic production comes precisely from this field, as well as from numerous theoretical and methodological innovations that have come up in Political Sciences as a result of comparative studies. Unlike other areas within the same discipline, comparative politics is not defined under a topic-based criteria but rather by a methodological criteria, thus the study of comparative politics implies an approach to a methodology of political analysis. This course intends to familiarize the student with the comparative analysis on Political Science. To this end, during the first classes, we will discuss the usefulness of comparisons and their logic. Afterwards, through the discussion of the different compared studies, we will introduce to the students the diversity of comparative politics, its scope, and some of the theoretical and methodological debates from this field.