The course framework is based on an introduction to important core concepts employed in the comparative study of politics and government. These concepts include: political culture; democracy and authoritarianism; state, nation and society; political institutions; political participation; political economy; globalization; political violence; and development. These concepts will be applied by focusing on particular political systems, especially the countries and regions on our voyage.
Field WorkCountry: Ghana
Ghana will hold its national election shortly after our visit. Students will meet with staff at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development. The presentations and discussion will focus on the election as well as the broader issues regarding the process of consolidating democracy in Ghana. This will be followed by a guided visit to the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, which documents the political legacy of Dr. Nkrumah, the first president of Ghana and a key leader in the independence movement in Ghana and an articulate spokesperson for independence in the shift from colonialism. The bus will also make brief stops at several of the most significant political buildings in Accra.