Course Title : Introduction to Political Sciences
Code Course
Type
Regular
Semester
Lecture
(hours/week)
Seminar
(hours/week)
Lab
(hours/week)
Credits ECTS
PLS 101-2 C 3 3 0 0 3.00 5
Lecturer and Office Hours Ferdinand Xhaferaj, PhD
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language Albanian
Course Level Bachelor
Description In a world where the importance of politics is increasing, many questions arise that need to be answered. In this context why we will aim to study the most important questions related to politics and attempt to find relevant answers. This course is an introduction to politics in a globalised world, with a particular focus on how political science tries to understand and explain cross-country differences and cross-time differences between countries.
Objectives The course aims to provide students with the basic concepts in politics; to inform students about government and non-governmental institutions; to introduce them to the main differences between democratic and non-democratic regimes, and between different models of democratic government; introduce students to how political preferences are formed, how voters behave, how parties compete, how interest groups are formed, and how electoral systems shape behavior. In addition during this course the students will learn how politics works nowadays. At the end of this course the students will be informed about the structure of politics and politicians in modern times.
Course Outline
WeekTopics
1Introduction to the course
2What is the Political Science? Aim and Objectives
3Scientific Methodology in politics: (A historical development in the political science)
4Scientific Methodology in politics: (Thought in a scientific methodology for politics)
5Main Concepts in political Science: Power and its way to exercise
6Main Concepts in political Science: Nation and State
7Political Theory: explanation of ethics in politics
8“Wise man” in political science
9Midterm Exam
10Political Ideology: Liberalism; Conservators and Socialism
11Political Ideology: Fascist and Nazism
12Feminist, postmodernism and environment
13Comparative Politics 1: Governance Systems: Democracy and Non-Democratic Regimes
14Comparative Politics 2: Interest Groups, Political Parties and Elections
15Comparative Politics 3: Interest Groups, Political Parties and Elections
16Final Exam
Prerequisites
Textbook
  • Andrew Heywood, “Key Concepts in Politics” Andrew Heywood, “Politics, 3e” S. Hix and M. Whiting, “Introduction to political science”
Other References
  • Lawson Kay, “Introduction to Political Science 1e”, San Francisco State University Ben Duprè, “50 political ideas you really need to know”
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Other
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Students will get to know the main concepts in politics, the nature of politics, government and state based on the modern theories of political science.
2Students will be informed on the models of political and rational behavior of political “actors”.
3Students will be able to obtain knowledge on the principles of the International Law and Human Rights
4Students will be prepared for further in-depth studies in political science
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Midterms140
Quizzes00
Projects00
Term Projects00
Laboratory00
Attendance00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade40
Contribution of final examination to overall grade60
Total100
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
(hours)
Total Workload
(hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14456
Assignments 000
Midterms 11010
Final examination 11111
Other 000
Total Work Load 125
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5
ECTS 5

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