Comparative Politics - Fundamentals (Basic modul)
This Module is offered by TUM School of Governance.
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective
POL10500 is a semester module
in German language
at Bachelor’s level
which is offered in winter semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of soft-skill courses
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The module introduces the fundamentals of comparative analysis of political systems. It focuses on the main concepts, theories and methods of comparative analysis of political systems. Different political system types, and particularly democracies, will be systematically presented and analyzed comparatively in terms of their structures and institutions (polity), actors and processes (politics) and policies and policy content (policies). The content emphasized is thus: the methods of comparison, system theory, comparative political regimes, majority and consensual democracies, parliamentary and presidential democracies, veto players theory, electoral and party systems, political values and attitudes, interest group and social movement influence, and policy analysis in selected policy areas.
After participating in the module’s courses, students will be able to: define basic terms, concepts, theories and questions found in comparative political system analysis; to use basic scientific methods of comparative analysis; to identify structural elements of political systems; to understand fundamental operating logics of political systems; and to be able to identify the general conditions and factors determining system dynamics of political communities; and to reconsider criteria to the evaluation of political processes in different contexts.
Courses and Schedule
Learning and Teaching Methods
In a lecture format, basic concepts, theories and methods of comparative analysis of political systems will be presented using general examples. In accompanying exercises, these contents will be deepened and extended with the help of specific examples. As part of the course, students have the opportunity to consolidate the material learned with in-depth discussions and comments and to put it into practice themselves with concrete examples.
Course reserve readings, Online-Reader, PowerPoint, Exercises
Detlef Jahn: Einführung in die vergleichende Politikwissenschaft. 2. Auflage. VS Verlag, Wiesbaden 2013. Hans-Joachim Lauth, Gert Pickel, Susanne Pickel, Vergleich politischer Systeme. Schönigh, Paderborn 2014. Kenneth Newton, Jan van Deth, Foundations of Comparative Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2009.
Description of exams and course work
The evaluation for this module will consist of a 120-minute exam in which students will be expected to recall and apply basic theories, methods and empirical findings from the field of Comparative Political Systems without the use of aids (with the exception of foreign students who may use a German dictionary). Content and knowledge application questions will be asked and questions should be answered in the student’s own words. The examination questions will relate to the content of the lectures, readings, and exercises.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.