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 after 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 (Nordic countries).
- Democracy by design: Germany.
- Patterns of democratic transitions in Central and Eastern Europe.
- Democratic backsliding and illiberalism: Hungary and Poland (+Bulgaria? Slovakia?).
- The politics of conflict and reconciliation in post-war Europe.
- Ideologies, Populism, and Polarization in Contemporary Europe
- Position paper
- Group presentation
- Preparation for final exam
- Book reviewA book review will offer a critical review on an academic monograph addressing one of the course topics, countries, or regions.
- Final examA final exam will reflect on the students’ familiarity with the core readings and factual knowledge on the discussed countries
- Position paperDuring the term, students are expected to submit a position paper, critically reflecting on one of the core readings
- Class participationRecommendations for 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.
- 2023/2024 2nd module0.2 * Book review + 0.4 * Final exam + 0.3 * Position paper + 0.1 * Class participation
- Adam Fagan, & Petr Kopecký. (2018). The Routledge Handbook of East European Politics. Routledge.
- Comparative politics / ed. by Daniele Caramani. (2011). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.330675516
- José M. Magone. (2015). Routledge Handbook of European Politics. Routledge.
- The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. Edited by Carles Boix and Susan C. Stokes. Oxford University Press, 2009.