Comparative Politics, as one of the subfields of Political Science in particular as well as Social Science in general, studies why and how governments in different countries around the world are organized and functioning the way they are.Specifically, Comparative Politics involves the systematic study and comparison of the world’s political systems. It is systematic in that it looks for patterns, regularities, and trends among all these political systems; it is comparative in seeking to explain similarities, differences, as well as developmental changes among and between these systems. This course is an introduction to Comparative Politics, which is designed for undergraduate students with or without any prior training in the field. The fundamental goal of the course is twofold. First, it is to introduce students to one of the sub-fields within the discipline of Political Science—Comparative Politics. Second, it is to provide students with opportunities to apply theoretical frameworks and concepts of Comparative Politics to comparing and studying different political systems in different countries.