Comparative Politics

Course Information
TitleΣυγκριτική Πολιτική / Comparative Politics
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorIoannis Papageorgiou
Course ID600016443

Programme of Study: Prógramma Metaptychiakṓn Spoudṓn "Politikī Análysī

Registered students: 8
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSCompulsory Course1110

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Category
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
Following successful conclusion of the course, the students will: Have a good overview of the literature in the various subfields of Comparative Politics; Have acquired advanced knowledge of research questions, methodological approaches, and explanations and methodological and analytical skills of comparing political systems; We have developed the basic conditions for reading and understanding scientific articles and will be able to prepare and complete an original scientific paper; Will be able to understand, analyze and compare the key features of the political systems, to associate and to distinguish basic and secondary elements in a political system.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course comprises two distinct but inter-related parts. The first involves a methodological, theoretical, and thematic assessment of traditional forms of ‘comparative political analysis’ as it was developed after the Second World War. Within this framework special emphasis is given to the constitutive antinomy of the comparative approach in political science. Comparative politics attempts to combine a mapping of the particular political structures, discourses and practices pertaining to different countries, geographical locations and cultures, with the elaboration of a consistent conceptual and theoretical apparatus claiming universal validity and permitting a single interpretation of the complex relations between them. The course also presents a variety of recent attempts to overcome the difficulties produced by this antinomy in comparative research. In its second part, the course shifts its focus onto the examination of a particular political phenomenon from a comparative perspective which changes each year. Thus, during past years the subjects discussed were among others: • Religion, secularization and democracy in Europe • The role of leadership in the world today, • Immigration and integration in Europe • The role of direct democracy in legitimizing political systems This year the course will focus on the development of illiberal democracy
comparative method, illiberal democracy
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
use of e-learning.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment802.9
Written assigments802.9
Student Assessment
The grade for the course is allocated on the basis of the individual presence, participation and response to the various tasks in class (40%), presentation of final paper (30%) and the content of the paper (30%). Students will select a topic in comparative politics from the thematic field that will be discussed during the course. All papers will be delivered by the end of the examination period of February and will be corrected and given a grade. Students who wish to improve their grade or failed will be able to resubmit it during the examination period of September. Attendance is compulsory.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Γενικά περί συγκριτικής πολιτικής: Ελληνική βιβλιογραφία: Διαμαντούρος, Νικηφόρος, Πολιτισμικός δυϊσμός και πολιτική αλλαγή στην Ελλάδα της μεταπολίτευσης, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια, 2000. Ζορμπάς, Κνωσταντίνος, Πολιτική και θρησκείες, Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης, 2007. Λυριντζής, Χρήστος, Σύγκριση και ερμηνεία: Η πορεία και οι προοπτικές στη σύγχρονη πολιτική ανάλυση, Αθήνα: Νήσος, 2001. Meny, Yves, Συγκριτική πολιτική, 2 τόμοι, Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης, 1996. Μοσχονάς, Γεράσιμος, «Η ‘λογική’ της συγκριτικής πολιτικής ανάλυσης», εισαγωγικό δοκίμιο στο Meny, Yves, Συγκριτική πολιτική, 2 τόμοι, Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης, 1996. Sartori, Giovanni, Σημασιολογία, έννοιες, συγκριτική μέθοδος, Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης, 2004. Σεφεριάδης, Σεραφείμ, «Πολιτική επιστήμη, συγκριτική πολιτική: Κρίση στην ‘κανονική επιστήμη’;», εισαγωγή στο Sartori, Giovanni, Σημασιολογία, έννοιες, συγκριτική μέθοδος, Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης, 2004. Ξενόγλωσση βιβλιογραφία: Almond, Gabriel & Powell, G. Bingham, Comparative Politics: A Developmental Approach, Βοστόνη: Little Brown, 1966. Apter, David, Some Conceptual Approaches to the Study of Modernization, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1968. Apter, David (επιμ.) The Legitimization of Violence, Λονδίνο: Macmillan, 1997. Kopstein, Jeffrey & Lichbach, Mark (επιμ.) Comparative Politics: Interests, Identity and Institutions in a Changing Global Order, 2η έκδοση, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Landman, Todd, Issues and Methods in Comparative Politics: An Introduction, 2η έκδοση, Λονδίνο: Routledge, 2003. Lewis, Paul, Potter, David & Castles, Francis (επιμ.), The Practice of Comparative Politics, 2η έκδοση, Λονδίνο: Open University-Longman, 1978. McIntyre, Alasdair, ‘Is a Science of Comparative Politics Possible?’, Against the Self-Images of an Age, Λονδίνο: Duckworth, 1971.
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