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.
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.