An introductory survey of major political systems around the world, and of the theory and methods of the field of comparative politics. The ultimate objective is to develop a theoretical background to understand and explain variations in political culture, political behavior, political institutions, and other aspects of national politics. Topics include democratization, ethnic conflict, and globalization. This course focuses on different political systems and cultures, rather than specific countries or regions. This course fulfills the Core Curriculum requirement in Cultural Perspectives. Formerly POSC 267. Not open to students who have received credit for POSC 267. Prerequisite: POSC 100 or permission of the instructor.