Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

Comparative Politics

PLSC 337: Terrorism
Professor Schumacher
MWF 1:40 / LSC


PLSC 342: African Politics
Professor Mbengue
MWF 2:45 / LSC


This course is an introduction to contemporary African politics. Drawing from a wide range of academic disciplines including political science, history, economics, and anthropology, it reviews such issues as the contemporary African state and its challenges, dominant ideologies in post-colonial Africa, structures of African economies, civil society in Africa, and external interests.



PLSC 343: Latin American Politics
Professor Sanchez
TTh 10:00 / SC

This course provides an introduction to the fascinating politics of Latin America. First we will look at the history of Latin America to examine the social forces, key events, and actors that have influenced the region’s politics. We will then study eight of the most interesting and important countries in the region – Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Students will select one of these countries on which to develop a Power Point presentation and write a research paper. By the end of this course, you will have acquired a general understanding of the key political forces in the region, specific knowledge about seven countries, and detailed understanding of the politics and democratic development of one country.


PLSC 355C: Women & Politics
Professor Matland
Tue 4:15 / LSC

In many countries women hold 30-40% of the major political positions and female heads of state are increasingly common; on the other hand there are countries (such as the United States) where there has never been a female head of state and representation is far lower.  Why are women so poorly represented in some countries?  Does political representation matter?  We spend time on both of these questions looking at explanations for the considerable variation in women's access to positions of formal political power across countries The course will also look at the impact women have when they are in office.  That is, does it really matter what level of representation women have and in what manner does policy output change when women are present. The course considers these questions not just in the developed countries, but also in the developing world.


PLSC 359: Revolutions
Professor Dobbs
MWF  9:20 / LSC

This course will examine the factors that influence the rise of revolutions and their outcomes starting with the French revolution of 1789 to the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011. Investigative questions such as "Why do individuals rebel," "What turns a social or political movement into a full-blown revolution," and Why do some regimes (monarchies and dictatorships) crumble due to revolutionary forces while others do not" will be investigated. A special focus on youth (ages 18-30) as agents of revolutionary change will also be a component of the course.


PLSC 360: Western European Politics
Professor Mahler
TTh 11:30 / LSC

This course begins with an introduction to the comparative politics of developed democracies.  It then offers a closer look at political institutions, processes, behavior and policy in the three representative Western European countries, Britain, France and Germany.  Finally, the course compares several major policy issues in the context of Western Europe as a whole, including the macroeconomy; education, health and social policies; political participation and institutions; demographic trends; defense and foreign policy; and “moral” issues.