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: South Africa
Day: 1 - Cape Town - Friday, 28 March
We will hear a presentation by Dr. Fanie DuToit, the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, about the Institute’s important role in post-apartheid South Africa. Established in 2000 in the aftermath of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Institute’s goal is to apply lessons learned to build fair and democratic societies throughout Africa. After lunch we will visit District 6 Museum, followed by a walking tour of the area guided by the Reverend Professor Peter Storey who personally lived through the struggle against apartheid. Academic Objectives:
- To examine the role of the functions and powers of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- To understand the process of reconciliation and the problems of transitioning from apartheid to democracy
- To gain a better understanding of District 6 as an example of apartheid