Početna Undergraduate StudiesSocial Policy and Social WorkFourth year of studies – Social PolicyComparative Politics

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Comparative Politics

  • Study programme/study programmes: Social Policy and Social Work – module Social Policy
  • Type and level of studies: Undergraduate academic studies
  • Name of the course: Comparative Politics
  • Teacher (Surname, middle initial, name): Zoran Z. Krstić, PhD, Assistant Professor (50%) and Jovan V. Teokarević, PhD, Assistant Professor (50%), exercise by Nikola R. Beljinac, Teaching Associate
  • Status of the course: Elective
  • Number of ECTS: 8
  • Teaching methods: Lectures, exercise, written essays, tests
  • Number of classes: 4+1

Aim and outcome of the course

The course in Comparative Politics is dedicated to analysis and research of “large” contemporary political systems – models. By using the comparative method, the course enables an insight into the manner of functioning of political systems, their institutions and other political actors. The course is aimed at getting students acquainted with basic principles of horizontal and vertical organization of government. It shall particularly analyze similarities and differences, i.e. advantages and disadvantages of certain institutional and systemic governmental arrangements. Apart from political decision-making, it shall also examine actual social-political processes and developmental tendencies of certain political systems in the world.

The course enables students to obtain knowledge and insight in the nature, character and manner of functioning of the most important political systems of the countries of contemporary world based on comparison and actual reach of theoretical concepts. By applying comparative method students are enabled to understand diversity of organization and institutionalization of political system and politics in general. By using the mentioned method of observation and explicatively-prospective approach students gain necessary knowledge which enable them to comprehend comparative advantages as well as disadvantages of certain institutional and systemic solutions.

Content of the course

Theoretical teaching

Concept, determinants and classification of contemporary political systems, Basic models of horizontal organization of government, Modes of vertical organization of government, Contemporary theories and models of democracy, Contemporary non-democratic political regimes, Comparative processes and waves of democratization, British parliamentarism and parliamentary system, German chancellor democracy, Presidential system of the United States of America, Semi-presidential system of France, Consociation in political system of Belgium and Switzerland, Model of regional state in Italy and Spain, Political system of the Russian Federation, Political systems of the developing countries

Practical teaching: Exercise, Other modes of teaching, Study research work

Literature

а) basic:

1.Vučina Vasović, Savremene demokratije, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade, 2006 (41-133, 143-263, 317-406. 471-553, 599-664) 2. Savremeni politički sistemi – hrestomatija (2005), editors: Zoran Krstić, PhD and Jovan Teokarević, PhD (chapters written by: M. Jovičić; Z. Krstić; J. Teokarević; S. Huntington; A. Lijphart; J. Linz – A. Stepan; V.Kutlešić) 3. Marcel Prelot, Političke institucije, Politička kultura, Nakladno-istraživački zavod, Zagreb, 2006, pp. 223-268 4. Zoran Krstić, Savremeni politički sistemi zemalja jugoistocne Azije, Službeni glasnik, Belgrade, 2007, pp. 153-209.

b) additional:

2. Hag, R. Harop, M. Breslin S., Komparativna vladavina i politika, Fakultet političkih znanosti Sveučilista u Zagrebu, Zagreb, 2001 (pp. 153-181, 293-321) 2. Jirgen Hartman, Politički sustavi Velike Britanije, SAD i Francuske, Politička kultura, Nakladno-istraživacki zavod, Zagreb, 2006 (pp. 13-138) 3. Đovani Sartori, Uporedni ustavni inženjering, „Filip Višnjić“, Belgrade, 2003 (pp. 103-162) 4. Arend Lajphart, Modeli demokratije, Službeni list SCG, CID, Podgorica, 2003 (pp. 106-170)

Assessment of knowledge

Pre-examination commitments

  • Colloquim(a) 20
  • Seminar(s) 10

Final examination

  • Oral examination 60