Introduction to Political Science and International Relations
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
- Politics and Government: clarification of key concepts (government, governance, nation, state, power, legitimacy)
- 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.
- Democracy and authoritarianism: direct, representative, liberal democracy, waves of democratization, traditional and new forms of authoritarian governance
- Constitutions: content and structure of constitutions, role of the judiciary, international law.
- Legislatures: structure and functions
- Executives: Presidential, Semi-presidential and Parliamentary systems
- International System: overview, historical evolution, key features
- 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