INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
|| Comparative Politics
||Number of ECTS Credits
||Class Hours Per Week
||Total Hours Per Semester
||2 + 1
|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.
|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.
- Rethinking Science and Politics
- The Uses and Challenges of Comparative Politics
- Defining Political Systems; Economic Determinants of Democracies and Dictatorships
- Democracies vs. Dictatorships: Cultural Determinants
- Varieties of Dictatorships and Democracies
- Electoral and Party Systems
- Veto Players: Federalism and Bicameralism
- Mid-Term Exam
- Case Study: Germany
- Case Study: United States
- Case Study: Brazil
- Case Study: Russia
- Case Study: Iran
- Case Study: China
- Course Summary
- Interactive Lectures
- Practical Sessions
- Discussions and group work
- Case Studies
- Use of educational films
- 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
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|Midterm Examination (1 week)|| || ||0|
|Final Examination(1 week)|| || ||0|
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