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: South Africa
Professor Reverend Peter J. Storey will lead a rich tour and discussion of key sites relevant to South Africa's apartheid period and the resistance struggle to overcome it in Cape Town. This field lab includes a visit to the District Six Museum, the most significant site providing information and artifacts related to apartheid in Cape Town, a walking tour of such other relevant sites as the Slave Memorial, Old Slave Market, Parliament, the Dutch East India Company Gardens, lunch and the exhibition at St. George's Cathedral Crypt, and a visit to the Castle of Good Hope, a 17th century fortification and the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company. Professor Reverend Storey was himself an active participant in the struggle against apartheid.