Introduction to Political Science II

Course Information
TitleΕισαγωγή στην Πολιτική Επιστήμη ΙΙ / Introduction to Political Science II
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorEftichia Teperoglou
Course ID100001141

Programme of Study: UPS School of Political Sciences (2014-today)

Registered students: 277
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course215

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The successful completion of the course will offer to students an understanding of the main theoretical concepts in the field of Political Science. They will be familiarized with the study of political parties, party systems, political regimes as well as issues related to political behaviour and pressure groups. The courses are complemented by extensive references to different political and electoral systems in the world, offering students the basis for a broader conceptual analysis of the political phenomenon.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is a continuation of the respective course of the previous winter semester. After introducing the students to key conceptual issues in the field of Political Science, the main objective of the current course is to provide a more in- depth analysis of various topics in Political Science both by presenting an overview of its main subfields, and through the analysis of the different facets of the political phenomenon. Among the main themes of the course is the study of political parties and typologies of party systems. Moreover, emphasis is given to acquiring knowledge regarding the executive power. The course also focuses on political behavior and in particular on electoral behavior and political culture issues. We examine the unconventional forms of political behavior, with emphasis on pressure / interest groups and social movements. Finally, the course is also framed by the theme of multi-level and global governance, aiming to offer to the students an understanding of the multifaceted approach of political analysis. The main themes of the course are listed below: 1. Introduction: the ‘science’ in political science 2. Study of political parties 3. Typology of party systems 4. Party systems: sociological and institutional approaches 5. Typology of regimes 6. Main schools of electoral behaviour 7. Political Culture 8. Turnout in elections 9. Pressure Groups and social movements 10. The executive power 11. Multi-level government 12. The example of the European Union and the study of European elections 13. Global governance The course is offered to Erasmus students: please contact the instructor for further information
Political Science, parties, voters, party systems, political culture, multi-level government, executive power
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Laboratory Work27.51
Reading Assigment552
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1) Hague, Rod/ Harrop, Martin (2011) Συγκριτική Πολιτική και Διακυβέρνηση, Κριτική, Αθήνα. Λοιπή Ενδεικτική Βιβλιογραφία 2) Heywood, Andrew (2014) Εισαγωγή στην Πολιτική, 4η Έκδοση, Επίκεντρο, Θεσσαλονίκη.
Additional bibliography for study
Roskin, Michael /Cord, Robert/Medeiros, James/ Jones, Walter (2008) Εισαγωγή στην Πολιτική Επιστήμη, 10η Έκδοση, Επίκεντρο, Θεσσαλονίκη. Carnoy, Martin (1990) Κράτος και Πολιτική Θεωρία, Οδυσσέας, Αθήνα. Βall, Alan / Peters, Guy (2001) Σύγχρονη πολιτική και διακυβέρνηση. Εισαγωγή στην Πολιτική Επιστήμη, Παπαζήσης, Αθήνα.
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