Comparative Analysis of Political Systems

Introduction to the comparison of political systems using the examples of Germany, Italy and Austria, methodical procedure in conducting a political comparison, presentation and analysis of selected political fields (head of state, government, parliament, political parties, elections, interest groups, etc., including their historical depth dimension in the field of tension between democracy and dictatorship) and their normative control mechanisms (constitution), as well as foreign policy problems.

Mode of delivery

face to face

Type

compulsory

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources/tools

Ismayr, W. (Hrsg.) (2008): Die politischen Systeme Westeuropas, 4. Aufl. Opladen: VS Verlag;
Köppl, S. (2007): Das politische System Italiens. Eine Einführung. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag (BEWU)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture, group work, presentations, discussions.

Assessment methods and criteria

Continuous assessment, group assignment

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of the modules “Global Studies – Fundamentals” and “Global Studies – an Institutional Framework”

Infos

Degree programme

European Economy & Business Management (Bachelor)

Cycle

Bachelor

ECTS Credits

2.00

Language of instruction

German

Curriculum

Part-Time

Academic year

2023

Semester

3 WS

Incoming

No

Learning outcome

After successful completion of the course, students can:

  • describe and analyse the differences and similarities of political systems on the basis of selected political science criteria
  • identify political science questions and assign them to corresponding theories
  • research and evaluate empirical facts
  • analyse different political systems
  • interpret scientific texts and derive and evaluate central statements from them, as well as develop and evaluate scientific arguments
  • prepare scientific thesis papers.
The learning outcomes of this course contribute mainly to the following (international) programme learning outcomes:
LG: 2 / LO 2.1.

Course code

0389-20-01-BB-DE-28