INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies
2016-2017

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 301 Comparative Political Analysis Undergraduate 3 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
5 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Adis Maksić, Assist. Prof. Dr. Adis Maksic, PhD Adis Maksić, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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The course surveys major topics in comparative politics, including democratization, state formation, identity politics, political economy and role of political institutions. It studies both theoretical and methodological perspectives that comparativists have applied toward advancing our understanding of politics. The course evaluates major works of political theory through a comparative perspective.

COURSE OBJECTIVE
The course is designed to equip students with a conceptual framework required for an advanced comparison of the various aspects of different political systems. It is intended to give students an advanced knowledge of political issues and perspectives that will enable a critical evaluation of benefits and weaknesses of different political arrangements.

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Introduction: A Review of Basic concepts
  2. Methodology
  3. Marx and Weber
  4. Institutions
  5. State Theory and State Formation
  6. Parties and Electoral Systems
  7. Federalism
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Political Behavior and Public Opinion
  10. Democracy
  11. Totalitarianism
  12. Social Movements and Mobilizations
  13. Case Study: Post-Soviet Conflicts in Georgia
  14. Case Study: TBD
  15. Course Summary

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
      Description (%)
      Method Quantity Percentage (%)
      Quiz520
      Homework115
      Midterm Exam(s)30
      Final Exam135
      Total: 100
      Learning outcomes
      • Gain an advanced understanding of issues with democratization, state formation, identity politics, political economy and political institutions.
      • Understand the theoretical and methodological approaches that comparativists have used to advance our understanding of politics.
      • Deepen an understanding of commonplace terms in political science, such as state, democracy and totalitarianism.
      • Apply major works of political theory through comparative analyses
      • Improve critical thinking skills
      • Develop effective writing skills
      TEXTBOOK(S)

        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