MAN-MPOL043
Theories of Comparative Politics: Structure, Identity and Choice
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MPOL043
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Political Science;
Lecturer(s)
Lecturer
dr. A.R. Lehr
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Examiner
dr. A.S. Zaslove
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Lecturer
dr. A.S. Zaslove
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Coordinator
dr. A.S. Zaslove
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Contactperson for the course
dr. A.S. Zaslove
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Academic year2023
Period
1  (04/09/2023 to 05/11/2023)
Starting block
1
Course mode
full-time
Remarks-
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Pre-registrationNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
Aims

Learning Goals

  • This course prepares you for your specialisation in comparative politics by focusing on core themes within comparative politics, especially related to democracy, political mobilisation, political parties, social movements and cleavages

  • This course prepares you for your specialisation in Conflict, Power and Politics (CoPoPo) by focusing on conflict, political mobilisation, and possible consequences of resolving conflict.

  • You will develop your knowledge of concept building, textual analysis, and the course will use literature with a wide range of methodologies, both quantitative and qualitative.

    The course also has a series of knowledge and pedagogical goals:

  • students will enhance their critical skills by reading complex texts and actively discussing these texts in class

  • students will be encouraged to apply the knowledge and concepts that we address in class to current social and political events (in class discussions and by reading and writing in class).
Content
This course addresses the core themes and theories within the field of comparative politics. The course begins with a discussion of the three most important theoretical approaches to comparative politics: rational choice, culture and structural approaches. After this introduction, we focus on a series of the most important texts within the field of comparative politics. In the process we discus core themes from comprative politics such as: democracy, authoritarianism, power, cleavages, political parties, and social movements. We do so through an engagement with foundational texts within the field. 
Level

Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
There will be two forms of examination. During the block there will be a written assignment. At the end of the course there will be a final exam. 
Partial results do not remain valid.
Specifics

Level
Ma 1

Instructional modes
Seminar

Tests
Exam
Test weight70
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock 1, Block 2

Assignment
Test weight30
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock 1, Block 2