Course Title : Introduction to Political Sciences
Code Course
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Regular
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Credits ECTS
PLS 101-1 C 3 3 0 0 3.00 5
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Language Albanian
Course Level
Description In a world where the importance of politics is increasing, many questions arise that need to be answered. Politics have become nowadays an inevitable part of the life of the individual, making it impossible the lack of conflict between human rights and collective decisions. The answer to these questions and the overall study of this science becomes naturally a necessity not only for the students of political science and those of communication sciences in the framework of their overall education, but also for every individual as a natural actor of the political life of the country. In this context, in this course 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 globalized world, with a particular focus on how political science tries to understand and explain cross-country differences and cross-time differences between countries.The course is designed in a manner that provides appropriate knowledge to those students who intend to pursue their studies in the field, as well as to those who are interested in creating a better understanding of the political world
Objectives The course aims to provide students with the basic vocabulary of this science and in particular 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
1The Science of Politics
2Basic Concepts in Politicl Science
3Culture and Ideology in Politics
4Values in Politics
5Media and Public Opinion
6Systems and Ideologies; Democracy
7States and Nations
8Midterm Exam
9Politics and Government
10Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns
11Legislative and Excecutive Process
12Administrative and Judicial Process
13International Relations and Human Rights
14Non Governmental Organizations
15Repeat
16Final Exam
Prerequisites
Textbook
Other References
Laboratory Work
Computer Usage
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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
5Students will get acquainted with the basic vocabulary of the political science
Course Evaluation Methods
In-term studies Quantity Percentage
Midterms125
Quizzes210
Projects00
Term Projects120
Laboratory00
Attendance00
Contribution of in-term studies to overall grade55
Contribution of final examination to overall grade45
Total100
ECTS (Allocated Based on Student) Workload
Activities Quantity Duration
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Total Workload
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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
ECTS 5

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