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School of Economics and Political Science
EUROPEAN STUDIES
Course unit
COMPARATIVE POLITICS
SPL1001408, A.A. 2016/17

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EUROPEAN STUDIES
SP1866, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2016/17
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Degree course track POLITICHE DELL'UNIONE EUROPEA [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge PAOLO ROBERTO GRAZIANO SPS/04

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
EPP5073277 COMPARATIVE EUROPEAN POLITICS PAOLO ROBERTO GRAZIANO SP1866

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Practice 2.0 15 35.0 2
Lecture 4.0 30 70.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 27/02/2017
End of activities 10/06/2017
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Syllabus
Prerequisites: None
Target skills and knowledge: The course provides the main analytical tools needed to understand the nature of comparative European politics, both at the supranational and comparative national level.
Examination methods: Written exam. Two options are offered:
a) a general exam and class presentation during a scheduled session;
b) a general exam and submit your essay on the day of the exam.
Assessment criteria: a) Group (max 3 people) or individual assignment (written or oral) is worth 30% of the overall grade.

b) Final exam: worth 70% of the final grade.

The written assignment (paper) is expected to be 2,500 words long.
Course unit contents: The first part the course addresses issues such as the evolution of European comparative politics, the description of the main features of various political regimes and the role of power relations in contemporary European democracies. Furthermore, political institutions, political actors and decision making processes are discussed using political science methodological tools and analytical approaches. In the second part, country focuses will be presented and discussed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be organized both in lectures provided by the responsible of the course and by international guests. Students' presentations will also be included (and encouraged).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Arend Lijphart, Patterns of Democracy, Yale, Yale University Press, 2012.

Scientific articles provided during the class.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Lijphart, Arend, Patterns of democracygovernment forms and performance in thirty-six countriesArend Lijphart. New Haven: London, Yale university press, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo