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.

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23


50 Credit Points

Aims and objectives

This Unit is an introduction to 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.
Unit Learning Outcomes (ULO) 

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Understand key concepts of political science
2. Critically differentiate types of political systems
3. Demonstrate critical understanding of the political systems of at least two case study countries
4. Coherently articulate general claims through the use of case-studies and focused comparisons

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