• Unit 7: Comparative Case Studies

    In this unit, we introduce methods of comparative analysis used in political science and international studies. Note that the case studies we will explore are hardly geographically or topically exhaustive. We apply factor analysis and comparative methods to examples from four world regions – Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East – which is the classification of area studies and standard geopolitical organization American political scientists use.

    For example, we divide Asian politics into four regions: East, South, Southeast, and Central Asia. We also divide Africa into two regions: the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and sub-Saharan Africa. We will explore how political elites and policymakers hold distinct views on democratization and modernization, and how these views impact political conflict in these regions.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 16 hours.

    • 7.1: Africa

    • 7.2: Latin America

    • 7.3: Asia

    • 7.4: The Middle East and the Islamic World

    • Unit 7 Assessment

      • Receive a grade
      • Receive a grade