Module: Comparative Politics
Lecturer: Alicja Curanović, PhD
The range of comparative politics is very broad due to the ambition to answer the meta-questions: What is politics? How does it function? How can we interpret it? The underlying premise of research in the field of the comparative politics is to test theoretical concepts by using examples.
The limited time frame of the course requires narrowing the scope of the problems to the most essential issue of comparative politics – political systems. The object of the classes is to improve students’ understanding of the nature of political systems in a wider context of various political phenomena and processes, inter alia, political culture (race, religion, language etc.), perception and images, identity and nationalism, civil society, political violence, regime, mechanisms of interdependency and cooperation.
During the course the following three-step approach shall be applied: (1) defining a particular problem, (2) analyzing the chosen cases (states), (3) comparing the cases with the emphasis on possible patterns, similarities and differences. The crucial ability to be developed during the course is critical thinking.