Politics and Societies in the European Countries
- To familiarize students with the political life of European countries
- To closely scrutinize concepts from comparative politics that are overrepresented in the European continent
- Able to conduct professional activities internationally
- Can pose research problems relevant to the study of political phenomena and political processes; set particular research tasks; and put together a research design
- Chooses research methods appropriate for resolving the professional tasks.
- Can retrieve, collect, process and analyze information relevant for achieving goals in the professional field.
- A brief political history of Europe, 1945-
- Majoritarian democracies: Great Britain and France
- Fragmented parliamentarism: is there a ‘Mediterranean model’?
- Consensus and cooperation I: consociationalism and its variants (Alpine and Benelux countries)
- Consensus and cooperation II: moderate parliamentarism and minority cabinets
- Democracy by design: Germany
- Patterns of democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe
- Democratic backsliding and illiberalism: Hungary and Poland (+Bulgaria? Slovenia?)
- The politics of conflict and reconciliation in post-war Europe
- The state of democracy in Europe
- Position paper
- Group presentation
- Preparation for short test 1
- Preparation for short test 2
- In-class participation- Meaningful engagement with the mandatory readings demonstrated - Own critical approach to the reading and lecture materials elucidated - By bringing in concepts and empirical examples from other fields of study, the student demonstrates a complex understanding of the introduced concepts - Contribution to the class dynamics: by reflecting on earlier points and comments, students can again demonstrate a practical understanding of the discussed concepts, as well as their abilities to understand the dynamics of ongoing discussions. Conversely, redundant and self-serving comments will lower the participation grade. - In case someone finds participation in discussions challenging, there is also an opportunity to send questions and comments related to the mandatory readings before the respective class sessions.
- Group presentationContent-wise the same requirement apply as in the case of individual position papers. In the oral presentation, you are similarly encouraged to present an argument for the class, but in addition: - You can explicate your idea more thoroughly if your time allows so - You can provide more background information/empirics - You should prepare questions and discussion points In your presentation, please be attentive towards the following elements: - Your power point or handout should complement your presentation, but should not include its content 100% - Should not be overloaded with information - Visual tools should be preferred over text; when you use text, keywords should be preferred over sentences - Do not read out your presentation; it is boring for the audience and problematic for the instructor (as it implies worrisome questions about the even participation of everyone). Anyway, you should also communicate more simply in verbal communication which doesn’t really work if you stick to your pre-written text.
- Position paperThe position paper shall be a problem-based, argumentative text demonstrating the student’s capacity to identify academically relevant problems, finding avenues to tackle it, and communicating her/his arguments in a persuasive, transparent, and succinct manner. The position paper should also demonstrate the student’s firm understanding on the differences between epistemic and methodological traditions. The position paper’s extent shall not exceed 1,000 words, including foot/endnotes, excluding the bibliography. The review part of the essay shall not exceed 40% of the position paper. The deadline for sending a position paper linked to each specific topic is the beginning of the following seminar session. Essay structure: 1. Short and general formulation of answer, outline of structure 2. Review of relevant claims in the literature 3. Critical review of relevant positions. 4. Core of argument, supported by analytical and/or empirical claims. 5. Conclusion, summarizing the core points of the argument.
- Short test 130 minutes, on week 6. It will reflect on the students’ familiarity with the core readings and factual knowledge on the discussed countries
- Short test 230 minutes, on week 10. It will reflect on the students’ familiarity with the core readings and factual knowledge on the discussed countries
- 2021/2022 2nd module0.2 * Short test 1 + 0.2 * Group presentation + 0.2 * Short test 2 + 0.1 * In-class participation + 0.3 * Position paper