Introduction to Political Science and International Relations

Course Code: 
Compulsory Courses

Number of credits allocated: 6 ECTS Credits

Objective of the course (expected learning outcomes and competences to be acquired)

Understanding of the basic concepts in political science and international relations.
Familiarization with the dynamic analysis of political interactions at the national and international level.
Introductory comparative analysis of alternative options related to the organization of domestic polities.
Understanding of the key features of the international system

Prerequisites: None

Course contents

  1. Politics and Government: clarification of key concepts (government, governance, nation, state, power, legitimacy)
  2. The State and the International System: elaboration on the origins and evolution of the state, state relations with international organizations, role of state in the globalized economic and political system.
  3. Democracy and authoritarianism: direct, representative, liberal democracy, waves of democratization, traditional and new forms of authoritarian governance
  4. Constitutions: content and structure of constitutions, role of the judiciary, international law.
  5. Legislatures: structure and functions
  6. Executives: Presidential, Semi-presidential and Parliamentary systems
  7. International System: overview, historical evolution, key features

Recommended reading

  • N. Kenneth and J. W. Van Deth, Foundations of Comparative Politics, 3rd Edition, 2017
  • R. Hague and M. Harrop, Comparative Government and Politics, 10th Edition, 2016

Teaching methods:  Lectures.

Αssessment methods:  Final written exam (100%)

Language of instruction: Greek