(Introduction to Comparative Politics.) This course is an introduction to main concepts and theories of comparative politics. Students explore central questions of comparative politics research such as: under which conditions do authoritarian regimes persist or collapse? Why do some states succeed at democratization and others not? What causes democratic backsliding? Do variations in political institutions (constitutions, elections, party systems) matter and why? What are the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict and civil war? How do social movements get started? Why are some countries wealthy and others poor? How does possession of natural resources affect a country's politics? In addition, students learn about fundamental principles and methods of comparative political analysis. Lastly, case studies of developing and industrialized countries around the globe help students apply abstract theories, concept, and methods and thereby develop strong analytical and critical thinking s