Singapore University of Social Sciences

Introduction to Comparative Politics

Introduction to Comparative Politics (POL203)

Applications Open: 01 May 2024

Applications Close: 15 June 2024

Next Available Intake: July 2024

Course Types: Modular Undergraduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1391.78 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: Alumni Continuing Education (ACE)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


This course presents the perspectives, frameworks, and methodological tools necessary for the study of comparative politics. Students must sit for POL103 before enrolling in this module, as it will provide the necessary information needed for comparisons with the countries being studied. Areas of focus include examining functions of similar institutions, which may differ in different political systems. This has implications with regard to how issues like income inequality or ageing are resolved, and how policies formulated address such concerns across different countries.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY
E-Learning: BLENDED - Learning is done ENTIRELY online using interactive study materials in Canvas. Students receive guidance and support from online instructors via discussion forums and emails. There are no face-to-face sessions. If the course has an exam component, this will be administered on-campus.


  • What is comparative politics?
  • Rise of the Modern State
  • Nations and Society
  • Political Economy
  • Democratic Regimes
  • Nondemocratic Regimes
  • Political Violence
  • Communism and Post-Communism
  • Less-Developed and Newly Industrialising Countries
  • Globalisation and the Future of Comparative Politics

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the characteristics of the major political systems, with emphasis on liberal democratic and comparative authoritarian systems.
  • Analyse using frameworks taught to understand the changes occurring in the different political systems globally.
  • Compare and contrast the Singapore political system with other political systems.
  • Identify the opportunities and limitations of the sub-field of comparative politics.
  • Explain social and political settings one is located in by employing comparative politics as a method of analysis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write coherent essays on comparative politics.
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