INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
2015-2016

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 106 Comparative Politics Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 1 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Adis Maksić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Adis Maksic, PhD Adis Maksić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course will introduce students to main concepts used in contemporary comparative political analysis. It will examine the reasons for why some states provide better living conditions for their citizens. Are these differences due to political institutions, parties and party systems, or social forces such as culture? Class lectures will focus on developing adequate explanations for why states vary so substantially in their performance.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
Understand different political units, systems and practices in the current international order.

Identify and discuss the principles of comparative politics with the goal of understanding the political implications of diverse systems, cultures and practices.

Understand the interplay of institutional, economic and cultural factors through case studies of selected cases.

Develop effective writing skills.

Develop critical thinking skills.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Rethinking Science and Politics
  2. The Uses and Challenges of Comparative Politics
  3. Defining Political Systems; Economic Determinants of Democracies and Dictatorships
  4. Democracies vs. Dictatorships: Cultural Determinants
  5. Varieties of Dictatorships and Democracies
  6. Electoral and Party Systems
  7. Veto Players: Federalism and Bicameralism
  8. Mid-Term Exam
  9. Case Study: Germany
  10. Case Study: United States
  11. Case Study: Brazil
  12. Case Study: Russia
  13. Case Study: Iran
  14. Case Study: China
  15. Course Summary

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Total: 0
    Learning outcomes
      TEXTBOOK(S)
      • Roberts Clark, W., Golder M. and Nadenichek Golder S. (2013) Principles of Comparative Politics, Sage
      • Kesselman, M. Krieger, J & Joseph, W. (2010) Introduction to Comparative Politics. Wadsword Cengage Learning

      ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
      Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
      Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
      Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
      Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
      Final Examination(1 week) 0
      Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
      Preparation for Final Examination 0
      Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
      Seminar / Presentation 0
      Total Workload: 0
      ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0