Comparative politics

A.A. 2014/2015
9
Crediti massimi
60
Ore totali
SSD
SPS/04
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
The comparative method, in its widest meaning, represents the mainstream method for testing hypotheses in the field of political science. Comparisons may be both implicit or explicit, employ different techniques and range from intensive within case study analysis to complex multivariate quantitative models. The course aims at introducing the student to the major topics of the current debate in the field of comparative politics and will provide a detailed understanding of how the main political processes operate within democratic countries.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Responsabile
Periodo
Terzo trimestre
STUDENTI FREQUENTANTI
Informazioni sul programma
Students have to follow at least 80% of the classes in order to be considered attendant. Attendant students are expected to take the mid-term and the final exam duting the course, and they will have a limited number of opportunities to take it with the same program after the end of the course.
Please note that the program and the evaluation for non-attendant students is completely different.
Propedeuticità
An introductory course in political science and comparative politics is highly recommended. Basic statistical competences and the knowledge of the methodological problems of research design in the social sciences are another prerequisite.
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Students will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Attendance: 10%
Presentation and discussion: 30%
Intermediate written exam: 30%
Final written exam: 30%
Written exams will take different forms, but they will be mostly based on open questions.
Unità didattica 1
Programma
The first module is devoted to the analysis of the major methodological issues in comparative politics.
Metodi didattici
Classes, presentations, discussions.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
A complete syllabus will be prepared for the beginning of the course. To have an idea of its organization, take a look at last year's syllabus in the web pages of the course.
Unità didattica 2
Programma
The second module will approach the comparative analysis of the problem of representation in comparative democracies, and will touch specifically topics such as electoral systems and party systems.
Metodi didattici
Classes, presentations, discussions.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
A complete syllabus will be prepared for the beginning of the course. To have an idea of its organization, take a look at last year's syllabus in the web pages of the course.
Unità didattica 3
Programma
Finally, the third module will explore the impact and performances of different types of political systems.
Metodi didattici
Classes, presentations, discussions.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
A complete syllabus will be prepared for the beginning of the course. To have an idea of its organization, take a look at last year's syllabus in the web pages of the course.
STUDENTI NON FREQUENTANTI
Prerequisiti e modalità di esame
Students will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Written Exam: 60%
Short paper (4000 words): 40%
The written exam will take different forms, but it will be mostly based on open questions. Four different types of potential papers are illustrated and exemplified in the webpages of the course.
Unità didattica 1
Programma
The first module is devoted to the analysis of the major methodological issues in comparative politics, and to the critical review of the most important approaches and paradigms of the discipline.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
T. Landman and N. Robinson (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Comparative Politics, London, Sage, Ch. 1-10
Unità didattica 2
Programma
The second module will approach classic issues in comparative politics (democratization, institutional design, government formation, etc.)
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
T. Landman and N. Robinson (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Comparative Politics, London, Sage, Ch. 11-19
Unità didattica 3
Programma
Finally, the third module will explore new and emerging issues in comparative politics and will focus on the impact of the process of democratization
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
T. Landman and N. Robinson (eds.), The Sage Handbook of Comparative Politics, London, Sage 2009, Ch. 20-28
P. Norris, Making Democratic governance work, Cambridge, Cambridge UP 2012
Moduli o unità didattiche
Unità didattica 1
SPS/04 - SCIENZA POLITICA - CFU: 3
Lezioni: 20 ore

Unità didattica 2
SPS/04 - SCIENZA POLITICA - CFU: 3
Lezioni: 20 ore

Unità didattica 3
SPS/04 - SCIENZA POLITICA - CFU: 3
Lezioni: 20 ore

Siti didattici
Docente/i
Ricevimento:
Giovedì: 10.00-13.00
Stanza 305 - 3° piano