POLS212 Political Participation

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
POLS212 Political Participation 3 0 6 TU: 15:00-15:50 TH: 12:00-13:50
Prerequisite It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer TBA Office Hours / Room / Phone
E-mail tba@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives The aims of this course are to introduce key terms and concepts pertaining to political participation, regimes, democracies and non-democracies, democratic transitions, political culture, political parties and political party-systems, social movements, interest group political communication, electoral systems and elections and voting, campaign strategies and tactics.
Textbook Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; 2. Sodaro, Michael J., Comparative politics a global introduction, McGraw-Hill, Boston, 2008; Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, LeDuc, Niemi, Norris, London, 1996
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss key terms and concepts about of political participation, democratic and non-democratic regimes.
  2. Discuss social, economic and political conditions conducive to democracies.
  3. Analyze various forms of political participation: political parties, social movements, interest groups.
  4. Discuss basic concepts of electoral competition.
  5. Explain key concepts of political communication.
Teaching Methods This course employs a range of teaching and learning methods (lecturing, written assignments, presentations, peer presentation analyses, essays, group discussions, article, presentation/analysis). Students are also expected to realise two different projects (to be arranged with professor).
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Political participation and political culture - Introduction to the course, expectations and requirements
Week 2 Democracy. Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J., Comparative politics a global introduction, McGraw-Hill, Boston, 2008;
Week 3 Democratic and non-democratic regimes. Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J., Comparative politics a global introduction, McGraw-Hill, Boston, 2008;
Week 4 Political parties and party systems. Student presentations. Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, LeDuc, Niemi, Norris, London, 1996, Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J.
Week 5 Political parties and party systems (continued). Student presentations. Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, LeDuc, Niemi, Norris, London, 1996, Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J.
Week 6 Social movements and interest groups. Student presentations. Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; 2. Sodaro, Michael J., Comparative politics a global introduction, McGraw-Hill, Boston, 2008;
Week 7 MIDTERM EXAM
Week 8 Voting and Voter Turnout. Student presentations. Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, LeDuc, Niemi, Norris, London, 1996, Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J.
Week 9 Elections and Electoral Systems. Student presentations. Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, LeDuc, Niemi, Norris, London, 1996, Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J.
Week 10 Political communication. Student presentations. Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, LeDuc, Niemi, Norris, London, 1996, Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J.
Week 11 Political communication. Conference Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, LeDuc, Niemi, Norris, London, 1996, Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J.
Week 12 Elections and political communication (continued). Student presentations. Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, LeDuc, Niemi, Norris, London, 1996,Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J.
Week 13 Election Campaigns. Student Presentations. Response paper. Comparing Democracies: Elections and Voting in Global Perspective, LeDuc, Niemi, Norris, London, 1996, Hague, Rod and Harrop, Martin, Comparative government and politics, Palgrave, 2004; Sodaro, Michael J.
Week 14 Future prospects of political participation. Student Presentations
Week 15 Review
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 40 1,3,4,5
Semester Evaluation Compenents
In term exam 1 20 1,2
Research Project and Presentation 1 20 3,4
Presentation 1 20 5
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture Hours 3 15 45 In-term Exam Study 11 1 11
Assignments 5 2 10 Final Exam Study 24 1 24
Quizzes 5 2 10 Term Project/Presentation 10 2 20
Home Study 2 15 30
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 21/02/2020
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