Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics

POL20009 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2021 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

8 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22

8 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
21 Nov 21

3 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
31 Dec 21


50 Credit Points at Level 1



Aims and objectives

This Unit introduces the comparative study of politics. It provides an overview of the world’s political systems. It develops a conceptual framework for the analysis of political systems, and introduces students to the use of case studies to test hypotheses.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse key concepts of political science and comparative politics.
2. Critically assess competing models of political systems, both democratic and non-democratic.
3. Critically evaluate the political systems of at least two case study countries.
4. Articulate and test general claims through the use of case-studies and focused comparisons.

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