Course Title : Introduction to Political Sciences
Code Course
Credits ECTS
PLS 101-3 C 3 3 0 0 3.00 5
Lecturer and Office Hours
Teaching Assistant and Office Hours
Language Albanian
Course Level
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
1Presentation of the syllabus. Explaining the idea of politics
2What is political science?
3Scientific Methods in Politics. (The range of political science: Historical developments)
4Scientific Methods in Politics. (Thinking scientifically about politics)
5Key Concepts in Political Science: Power
6Key Concepts in Political Science: State
7Political Theory: Examining the Ethical Foundations of Politics
8Political Thinkers
9Mid – Term Exam
10Political Ideologies: Liberalism, Conservatorism, Socialism
11Fascism and Nazism
12Feminism, Environmentalism, and Postmodernism
13Comparative Politics 1. Governmental Systems: Democracy and Non-democracy
14Comparative Politics 2. Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections
15Comparative Politics 2. Interest Groups, Political Parties, and Elections
16Final Exam
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
Learning Outcomes and Competences
1Substantial Knowledge: Upon the successful completion of the PLS 101 students will: a. Understand the field of Political Science as an academic discipline b. Understand the institutions, processes and values that shape politics within and among states c) Understand the major concepts and methodologies used in the study of politics d. Compare and contrast different political and electoral systems
2Critical Thinking: Upon the successful completion of the course students should be able to: a. Think critically for political concepts and political ideologies b. Examine issues in the area of Political Science c. Identify, analyze, and compare the major types of political regimes, party systems, and electoral systems d. Critical thinking and analysis of contemporary political issues and problems.
3Engagement in Politics: Upon the successful completion of the course students should be able to: a. Understand that events around the world effect our everyday lives b. Understand the importance of political participation c. Apply Political science in everyday life d. Understand the importance of active participation in politics
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Term Projects00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade50
Contribution of final examination to overall grade50
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
Total Workload
Course Duration (Including the exam week : 16 x Total course hours) 16348
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 14456
Assignments 100
Midterms 11010
Final examination 11111
Other 000
Total Work Load 125
Total Work Load / 25 (hours) 5

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