POL20009 Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics

Unit code: POL20009

Duration: 1 Teaching Period

Contact hours: Recommended 8 hours of study per week

About this unit

After completing this unit of study, students will have an understanding of key concepts of Political Science, such as: democracy and authoritarianism; state institutions and processes; power and legitimacy; political participation, voting behaviour, and electoral systems; parties and interest groups; nationalism, political culture and ideology; dissent and revolution; political economy and political development.


This unit of study provides an introduction to the comparative study of politics. It provides an overview of the world's political systems and a conceptual framework which enables systematic analysis and comparison. The emphasis in the delivery of the unit of study is on concepts and theory, but it relates these to real-world situations through a variety of case studies.

This unit is found in the following courses:
Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism
Bachelor of Social Science With a Major in Security and International Relations