POLS204 Comparative Political Analysis

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
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POLS204 Comparative Political Analysis 3 0 6 Mon: 09:00-10:50 Wed: 09:00-09:50
Prerequisite POLS102 It is a prerequisite to
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Assistant Endris Mekonnen Faris Assistant E-mail efaris@ius.edu.ba
Course Objectives This courses aims to familiarize students with the traditional and contemporary approaches to comparative politics, explain importance of comparative politics methodology in the field of political science, provide students a basic understanding of the scope of comparative politics, introduce to students basic advantages of comparative politics, introduce to students the structure and operation of certain major political systems, emphasize on the importance of different historical development of political systems, elaborate similarities and differences among various political systems.
Textbook Mahler, G. S. (2013). Principles of comparative politics. Boston: Pearson. Hague, R., Harrop, M., & McCormick, J. (2016). Comparative Government And Politics: An introduction (10th ed.). London: Palgrave. Bill, J. A., & Hardgrave, R. L. (1981). Comparative politics: The quest for theory. Washington, D.C.: Bell & Howell. Sodaro, M. J. (2008). Comparative politics: A global introduction (3rd ed.). Boston: McGraw-Hill. Powell, G. B., Strøm, K., & Manion, M. (2014). Comparative politics today: A world view (11th ed.). NY: Pearson. Thaib, L. (1990). The Notion of State in Islam. Kuala Lumpur: Quill. Akturk, S. (2015). Religion and Nationalism: Contradictions of Islamic Origins and Secular Nation-Building in Turkey, Algeria, and Pakistan. Social Science Quarterly, 96(3), 778-806.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe the field of comparative politics and its key concepts and approaches
  2. Compare and contrast similarities and differences between political systems
  3. Discuss the role of elected political elites in providing and crating stability to the political system
  4. Analyze the importance and impact of political culture on the political system
  5. Relate the role of the electoral procedure on the structure and function of the political system
Teaching Methods The teaching methods will include lecturing and class discussions.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Comparative Political Analysis: Introduction Mahler, pp.1-23.
Week 2 Comparative Politics: Definition, Nature, and Scope; Traditional and Transforming Study of Comparative Politics James A. and Hardgrave, pp.1-21.
Week 3 Comparing government and politics (Chapter), Religion and Nationalism (Article) Quiz 1 (Week 3) Hague and Harrop, pp. 90-107; Sener Akturk, pp.778-806.
Week 4 Comparing government and politics (Chapter), Religion and Nationalism (Article) Quiz 1 (Week 3) Hague and Harrop, pp. 90-107; Sener Akturk, pp.778-806.
Week 5 Analytical Techniques in Comparative Politcs Sodaro, pp.60-97.
Week 6 Political Culture Gabriel and Powell, pp.39-55 and Sodaro, pp.293-311.
Week 7 Constitutions and Courts MID-TERM EXAM (Centralized) Hague and Harrop, pp.108-126.
Week 8 State: Institutions, Types of Political Parties and Electoral Systems. Western and non-Western Approach Sodaro, pp.194-220. and pp. 270-292. Lukman Thaib,60-83.
Week 9 Politics in the USA-Presidential System: Case Study USA Quiz 2 (Week 10) Gabriel and Powell,679-725.
Week 10 Politics in the USA-Presidential System: Case Study USA Quiz 2 (Week 10) Gabriel and Powell,679-725.
Week 11 Parliamentary System: Case Study UK Sodaro, pp.395-443.
Week 12 Semi-presidential System: Case Study France Sodaro, pp.444-497.
Week 13 Bosnia and Herzegovina's Political System Quiz 3 (Week 14) Constitution of BiH and Electoral Law of BiH
Week 14 Bosnia and Herzegovina's Political System Quiz 3 (Week 14) Constitution of BiH and Electoral Law of BiH
Week 15 Review and Discussion
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 2,4,5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm Exam 1 20 2,3,4,5
Quizzes 3 15 1,3
Questions 10 10 1,3,4,5
Attendance & Participation 25 1,3
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Midterm exam 16 1 16
Individual Learning 4 15 60 Individual Learning 4 15 60
Questions 1 10 10
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 04/03/2020
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