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.
|This course aims to introduce students to basic concepts and methods of comparative politics.
On a theoretical level it aims to help them understand the differences between democratic and authoritarian regimes, and different elements of a political system.
In a practical sense it aims to equip them with skills to comparatively analyze and evaluate political systems of countries in the world.
- Introduction to comparative politics: Multiple meanings of comparison
- Comparative research methods: Qualitative and quantitative methods
- The origin and development of states and regimes
- Legislatures and judicial power
- Governments and bureaucracies
- Mid-Term Exam
- Elections and referendums
- Federal and local government institutions
- Political parties and party systems
- Interest groups and social movements
- Political culture and political participation
- Globalization and the nation state
- Course Summary
- Methods practice
- Case study: UK
- Case study: France
- Case study: Russia
- Case study: USA
- Case study: China
- Case study: Germany
- Case study: India
- Case study: Brasil
- Case study: Switzerland
- Case study: TBD
- Case study: TBD
- Interactive Lectures
- Discussions and group work
- Student debates
- Case Studies
- Use of educational films
| Midterm Exam(s)||1||30|
| Term Paper||1||20|
| Final Exam||1||30|
- Caramani, Daniele, Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Newton, Kenneth & Jan W. van Deth, Foundations of Comparative Politics. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- Landman, Todd, Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics. London: Routledge, 2008.
- O\'Neil, Patrick H., Essentials of Comparative Politics. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2010.
- O’Neil, Patrick H., Karl Fields, & Don Sher, Cases in Comparative Politics. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 2010.
- Schlager, Neil & Jayne Weisblatt, World Encyclopedia Of Political Systems And Parties. New York: Facts On File, 2006.
- Schmitter, Philippe C & Terry Lynn Karl, What Democracy is...and is not. Journal of Democracy 2(3), 1991. (pp. 75-88)
- Zakaria, Fareed, The Rise of Illiberal Democracy. Foreign Affairs 76(6), 1997. (pp. 22-43)
|ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
|Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)||14||2||28|
|Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)||14||1||14|
|Midterm Examination (1 week)||1||2||2|
|Final Examination(1 week)||1||2||2|
|Preparation for Midterm Examination||1||22||22|
|Preparation for Final Examination||1||22||22|
|Assignment / Homework/ Project||1||10||10|
|Seminar / Presentation|| || ||0|