Comparative politics

A.A. 2016/2017
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 introduces the students 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.

Knowledge and understanding: The course aims at improving the knowledge and understanding of the main institutional mechanisms and dynamics of modern democracies. It will focus mainly on electoral systems, party systems and issues of political economy.

Applying knowledge and understanding: Through the critical review of recent research articles published in the best international journals, students are expected to learn how to apply their knowledge to specific research questions, and how to cope with the methodological problems of empirical research. Political issues that could emerge during the course, or the own experiences of students coming from different countries, will be used in order to verify and apply the understanding of modern democracies.

Making judgements: Students will learn how to confirm or to falsify hypotheses, how to avoid fallacies and the major problems in understanding causal relationships. This will help them in making judgements that are consistent with the empirical evidence.

Communication skills: During the course, students will have to present and/or discuss the research articles included in the syllabus, thus further developing their communication skills through oral presentations, and the preparation of slideshows. Non-attendant students will have to prepare a brief paper as part as their overall evaluation, thus developing a capacity of synthesizing correctly the relevant literature and/or presenting correctly an empirical issue or research question.

Learning skills: At the end of the course, students should be more autonomous in the evaluation of scientific evidence, and should have developed or improved analytical skills and capabilities that could be applied in a range of situations and environments.
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 attending. Attending students are expected to take the mid-term and the final exam during 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-attending students are 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
Attending 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.
Metodi didattici
Lectures, presentations, exercises with statistical packages.
Unità didattica 1
Programma
The first module is devoted to the major methodological issues in comparative politics and to an introduction to the analysis of electoral 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 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 turnout, congruence and responsiveness.
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
Non-attending students will be assessed according to the following criteria:
Written Exam on the first 2 modules: 60%
Oral Exam on the third module: 40%
The written exam will take different forms, but it will be mostly based on open questions.
The oral exam will check the knowledge of six country-cases at your choice according to the program of the third book.
Unità didattica 1
Programma
The first module is devoted to the introduction of comparative political analysis and to the following issues: the State; Nations and Society; Political economy; Democratic regimes; Nondemocratic regimes.
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
P.H. O'Neil and R. Rogowski (eds.), Essential Readings in Comparative Politics, 4th edition, Norton 2012, chapters 1-6
Unità didattica 2
Programma
The second module will presents the analysis of the following issues in comparative politics: Political violence; Advanced democracies; Communism and Postcommunism; Less-developed countries; Globalization
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
P.H. O'Neil and R. Rogowski (eds.), Essential Readings in Comparative Politics, 4th edition, Norton 2012, chapters 7-11
Unità didattica 3
Programma
Finally, the third module applies the concept studied to a series of country cases
Materiale didattico e bibliografia
P.H. O'Neil, K. Fields and D. Share, Cases in Comparative Politics, Norton, 5th edition, 2015, 3 chapters at your choice among chapters 2-6 + 3 chapters at your choice among chapters 7-14
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