Comparative Politics

Course NameComparative Politics
Course CodePOS102
DescriptionThis course aims to help students understand and explain political outcomes, processes and systems through the lenses of main theoretical approaches in comparative politics such asthe institutional approach (historical institutionalism, neo and new institutionalism), Marxist approach, cultural approach and rational choice approach. The comparative method is emphasized throughout the course while applying the theories to contemporary case studieson topics ranging from revolutions, political protests, democratization, electoral politics, state formation and social policies.
Learning OutcomesUpon completion of this course, students will be able to:
– Understand the main theoretical approaches in the study of political science;
– Compare and contrast, critically assess the weaknesses and strengths of the main theoretical approaches of political science;
– Write academic essays combining theories with empirical research.
SchoolSchool of International Relations and Diplomacy (IRD)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS