Comparative Political Analysis

Course Information
TitleΣυγκριτική Πολιτική / Comparative Political Analysis
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorEftichia Teperoglou
Course ID100001775

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

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
POLITIKĪ ANALYSĪCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)1110
DIAKYVERNĪSĪElective Courses1110

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
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
pon successful completion of the course the students will have a good overview of the literature on the relevant subfield of Comparative Policy but also more generally of other relevant themes; they will have gained advanced knowledge of research questions, methodological approaches and explanations and methodological and analytical capacity to compare political systems. They will have integrated the basic prerequisites in reading and understanding scientific articles and will be able to prepare and elaborate a complete original scientific work. They will be able to understand, analyze and compare the key features of political systems and to associate and to distinguish the essential from the secondary elements of a political system.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course comprises two separate but inter-related parts. In the first part, it initially attempts a methodological, theoretical, thematic and research evaluation of the branch of the"comparative political analysis" and in particular the research focus of each general theme. Comparative politics is a branch of political science that developed particularly after the postwar period. In this context, it is especially important to understand the incorporation of the inherent conflict in the comparative political approach, namely the effort of articulation of a mapping of specific political structures, discourses and practices observed in different countries, geographical regions and cultures, on the one hand, and the elaboration of a coherent conceptual framework with universal validity that allows the single interpretation of the various relationships therebetween, on the other. Furthermore, the course will refer to modern efforts to reconcile the research difficulties arising from this contradiction. In the same section, students are taught how to prepare a scientific paper with emphasis on the concept of work hypothesis and the manner of its formulation as well as the importance of the organization of scientific student's work.   
comparative politics, political systems
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
  • scientific papers
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment1104
Written assigments1234.5
Student Assessment
A very good knowledge of English (and other languages) is a prerequisite for the successful completion of the course since the literature is mainly in a foreign language.  The presence in class is mandatory and documented by signing the attendance form. Each student can be absent (justifiably or not) for up to three classes, among which can cannot be that of the presentation of his/her paper. The final grade is calculated as follows: Final paper: 40% Participation (which includes the papers produced during the course): 30% Presentation of the paper and leading the relevant debate: 30%.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
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