Comparative Political Systems

Faculteit Campus Fryslân
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode CFB024A05
Vaknaam Comparative Political Systems
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Responsible Governance: Political Science: 200-level: Comparative Political Systems
Leerdoelen This courses focuses on the development of the following learning outcomes, as stated in the degree profile: A3, A5, B3, C4, D4.
Omschrijving With the rise of populism in Western democracies, the digitalisation of the election campaign process, the appearance of new actors in the political arena, and the 24/7 immediate (social)media culture, comparative research seems as valuable as ever. Nations the world over have been impacted by this ‘turbulent’ political era, however in various and differing ways. By comparing political systems between and amongst each other, the basic workings, beliefs and climate of political regimes can be exposed in turn allowing for a fuller comprehension of contemporary (global) politics and society.

Amid this backdrop that political scientists and public administration experts deem to be a ‘turbulent political era’, the course Comparative Political Systems looks into the various institutional, systemic and cultural traits of political systems globally, and observes how these features differ from nation to nation. The course first will guide students in identifying the various characteristics that compose various political systems. Building upon this, the course shall then secondly equip them with the necessary tools to then compare and contrast political systems amongst and between each other (majoritarian vs consensus democracies, global vs local governance, national vs EU level). Thirdly, by examining various themes such as democracy, populism, authoritarianism, and polarization, to name a few, students shall be accompanied in reflecting upon how various political systems embrace or are confronted with such phenomena. Finally, in a more hands-on manner, the methodologies used in comparative political research shall be elaborated upon providing students with the basics for conducting their own comparative research.

This course is part of the Responsible Governance track that builds upon the knowledge and foundations from the Politics, Power & International Responsibility (PPIR) and Key Political Thinkers courses. In particular, the course will address the Sustainable Development Goals 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities); 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions); and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).
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Toetsvorm Assignment, Exam, Participation, Presentation
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator prof. dr. C.F. van den Berg
Docent(en) A.C. Belloir, MA. ,prof. dr. C.F. van den Berg
Entreevoorwaarden Major: Key Political Thinkers (100-level)
Opmerkingen A course folder with selected literature will be provided.
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Global Responsibility and Leadership 2 semester II b keuzegroep
BSc Global Responsibility and Leadership  (Major Responsible Governance) - semester II b Political Science