This course is an introduction to the nature and scope of comparative political analysis, the structure of political systems, and theories which explain their function or dysfunction. Selected regional and national studies (including the U.S. and U.K, Japan, China, India, Vietnam, South Africa, and Ghana) will focus on major concepts in comparative political theory, such as: the impact of the past, the nature of political change and the forms of political legitimacy, political culture and political socialization, and the structure of governments and the politics of modernization.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Day: 1 - Tema (Accra) - 10 April
We will visit Ghana’s Center for Democratic Development, “an independent, non-partisan and non-profit. . .think tank dedicated to the promotion of democracy, good governance and the development of a liberal political and economic environment in Ghana in particular and Africa in general.” There will be a presentation describing their function and goals by Dr. Franklin Oduro, the Deputy Director and Head of Research and Programs followed by a visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park to observe the significance and legacy of Ghana’s first elected president. If time permits, a bus tour of significant political buildings in Accra will be included. Academic Objectives:
- To gain an understanding of the challenges that Ghana faces as an emerging democracy
- To learn more about Kwame Nkrumah and his role in Ghana’s shift from colony to independence
- To better understand the political and economic issues which are important to Ghana