POLS204 Comparative Political Analysis

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
POLS204 Comparative Political Analysis 3 0 6 TU-15:00-17:50
Prerequisite POLS102 It is a prerequisite to

None

Lecturer Mirsad Karic Office Hours / Room / Phone
Monday:
14:00-16:00
Tuesday:
13:00-14:00
Wednesday:
9:00-10:00
Friday:
9:00-10:00
A F1.7 - 033 957 420
E-mail mkaric@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
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 in-class and online lecturing and class discussions.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Comparative Political Analysis: Introduction, Definition, Nature and Scope Mahler, pp.1-23;James A. and Hardgrave, pp.1-21.
Week 2 Political Culture, Constitutions and the Legal Framework Gabriel and Powell, pp.43-59 and Sodaro, pp.293-311. Hague and Harrop, pp.259-280.
Week 3 Political Culture, Constitutions and the Legal Framework, cont Gabriel and Powell, pp.43-59 and Sodaro, pp.293-311. Hague and Harrop, pp.259-280.
Week 4 Presidential System: Case Study USA Gabriel and Powell, pp.713-754.
Week 5 Presidential System: Case Study USA, cont. Gabriel and Powell, pp.713-754.
Week 6 Parliamentary System: Case Study UK Sodaro, pp.395-443.
Week 7 Parliamentary System: Case Study UK, cont. Sodaro, pp.395-443.
Week 8 Mid-term Exam No Reading
Week 9 Semi-presidential System: Case Study France Sodaro, pp.444-497.
Week 10 Political System of Bosnia and Herzegovina Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Electoral Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Week 11 Political System of Bosnia and Herzegovina, cont. Constitution of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Electoral Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Week 12 The Advantages and Difficulties of Comparisons; Comparative Techniques Hague and Harrop, pp. 83-98; Sener Akturk, pp.778-806.
Week 13 Analytical Techniques in Comparative Politics Sodaro, pp.60-97.
Week 14 Project Presentations No reading
Week 15 Project Presentations and Course Revision No reading
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 LO 1, LO 2, LO 3, LO 4, LO 5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Attendance and Participation 1 10 LO 1, LO 2, LO 3, LO 4, LO 5
Mid-term exam 1 35 LO 2, LO 3, LO 4
Project 1 15 LO 5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 Final exam 10 4 40
Individual Learning 5 7 35
Midterm exam 10 3 30 Midterm exam 10 3 30
        Total Workload Hours = 180
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 06/11/2020
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