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Master 2018/2019

Modern Political Science

Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Category 'Best Course for New Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Compulsory course (Comparative Politics of Eurasia)
Area of studies: Political Science
When: 1 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Master’s programme: Comparative Politics of Eurasia
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Generally, the course is about the theory and practice of comparative politics. The first part (Block 1) covers the major concepts of political science, and comparative politics in particular. The students learn how to work with the major concepts like “power”, “authority”, “institutions”, “development”, “modernization”, “political regime”. They also learn how to methodologically correctly apply comparative method at different scales. The second part (Block 2) covers the basic issues and political process at the Eurasian region in comparative perspective, in particular state and nation-building processes, institution-building, increasing state capacity, enhancing regional integration. The teaching format is traditional and innovative at the same time. Students will learn through lectures and through class-led debate. Most of the intellectual work on this course will be done in the seminars, where students will discuss the assigned readings for the course and link them to major theories and policy dilemmas of comparative politics.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main goal of this course is to introduce students to the theory and practice of comparative politics
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Student understands the importance of politics studies
  • Student is familiar with comparative method
  • Student is familiar with notion of institutionalism
  • Student is familiar with theories of international development
  • Student is familiar with politics in region of Eurasia
  • Student is familiar with democratic transitions
  • Student is familar with variations of authoritarian regimes in Eurasia
  • Student is able to compare nations and statebuilding strategies in Eurasian countries
  • Student is familiar with concepts of state capacity and state quality
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • What is politics and why study politics?
  • Comparative method and comparative politics
  • Institutionalism: sources, versions, results and constraints
  • Politics and theories of international development
  • The Region of Eurasia
  • Democracies and democratic transitions: evidence from Eurasian countries
  • Variations of authoritarian regimes in Eurasia
  • Comparing nation and statebuilding strategies in Eurasian countries
  • Measuring state capacity and state quality: The cases of Eurasian countries
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class activity
  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.15 * Class activity + 0.35 * Essay + 0.5 * Exam
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Dahl, R. A. (2006). On Political Equality. New Haven: Yale University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=188013
  • Gelʹman, V. (2015). Authoritarian Russia : Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes. Pittsburgh, Pa: University of Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=992110

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Fukuyama, F. (DE-588)119203685, (DE-576)168597780. (2013). What is governance? / Francis Fukuyama. Washington/D.C: Center for Global Development. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.40721349X
  • Irina Busygina. (2017). How Does Russian Federalism Work? Looking at Internal Borders in the Russian Federation. Journal of Borderlands Studies, (1), 105. https://doi.org/10.1080/08865655.2016.1197790
  • Ravallion, M. V. (DE-588)12381393X, (DE-627)620873922, (DE-576)165957484, aut. (2016). The economics of poverty history, measurement, and policy Martin Ravallion (Georgetown University). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.434723606
  • Rist, G. (2008). The History of Development : From Western Origins to Global Faith (Vol. 3rd ed). London: Zed Books Ltd. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=276737
  • The Oxford handbook of comparative politics / ed. by Carles Boix . (2007). Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford Univ. Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.253058961