Comparative Analysis of Political Systems

Course description Comparative Analysis of Political Systems
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 6442CAPS
Teacher(s):
  • Prof.dr. I.C. van Biezen
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 5
Level: 200
Period: Semester 1, Block II
Hours of study: 280:00 hrs
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • Yes Exchange
  • Yes Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Political Science is recommended to take this course. This implies that students have followed at least 10 EC of courses on government and politics.

Course objectives

Objective 1: General introduction to the study of comparative politics with a global and long-term view.
Objective 2: The core concepts of the field are analysed within the context of informative case studies.

Content:

This course builds on the themes discussed in Introduction to Political Science and the Introduction to Comparative Politics. The core concepts and theories in the field of comparative politics are analysed and discussed within the context of specific European and non-European case studies. The main focus will be on the institutional architecture of political systems and the relevant political cleavages, such as class, ideology, ethnicity and religion. Topics covered include state-building, nation-building, economic development, ethnic politics, party structures, electoral politics and government formation.

Mode of instruction

Lectures

Course load

Total course load for the course is: 5 EC

Students retaking this course from the previous academic year will need to do an additional assignment to complete the 10EC

Assessment method

Final written exam

First opportunity for an exam: Thursday 21 December 2017, 13.00-16.00 at the USC

Second opportunity for an exam: Thursday 25 January 2018, 13.00-16.00 at the USC

Blackboard

Students can find the course syllabus and additional course materials on Blackboard.

Reading list

• Patrick O’Neil, Karl Fields, and Don Share (2015). Cases in Comparative Politics. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 5th ed.
• Other reading materials will be available via Blackboard or in the library.

Registration

Course

Students need to register for lectures in uSis. It is not possible to take a course without a valid registration. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

Minor students, please see the tab meer info for information on how to apply.

Exam

Students are not automatically registered for exams. You can register yourself in uSis until 10 calendar days before the exam date at the latest. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the exam. More information can be found on the exam registration website.

Registration Exchange and Study Abroad students

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Schedule

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