1624 Comparative Politics

1624 Comparative Politics

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1st Cycle
  • 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 45
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 45
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Mitja Durnik, PhD



1. Objectives and competences



  • student understands and uses basic methods of comparative policies; 
  • student understands and uses research approaches to examine comparative policies in contemporary world; 
  • student discovers and relates different information on comparative policies; 
  • student discovers new phenomena and policies in contemporary world;  
  • student compares countries and public policies in an interdisciplinary way.


  • ability to search, use and organize information about public policies in contemporary world;
  • ability to perceive and understand public policies in contemporary world; 
  • ability to analyze comparative politics;
  • ability to research with application of basic methods and research approaches in comparative politics;
  • ability to combine theory and practice;
  • ability to formulate and analyse problems in the area comparative politics.


2. Content

  • Introduction to comparative politics
  • Research methods in comparative politics
  • Theoretical approaches
  • Comparative electoral systems
  • Comparative party systems
  • Political language and electoral campaigns
  • Democratic and autocratic regimes
  • Brics countries and conventional powers
  • Comparative security policies
  • Systems of government
  • Economic/societal development indicators
  • Multilevel governance

3. Readings


  • Caramani, D. (2017) (eds.): Comparative politics (4th edition). Oxford: Oxford University Press (izbrana poglavja cca 150 strani).
  • Chilcote, R. H. (2019). Theories Of Comparative Politics: The Search For A Paradigm Reconsidered,( 2nd edition). Routledge (izbrana poglavja cca. 100 strani).
  • McCormick, J. Hague, R., & Harrop, M. (2019). Comparative Government and Politics (11nd edition). Palgrave (izbrana poglavja cca 100 strani).


4. Intended learning outcomes


Knowledge and understanding:

  • ability to use a comparative analysis in countries' analysis;
  • combination of  methodological and theoretical approaches for the purpose of analysis;
  • ability to write policy papers and dcuments;
  • ability to make decisions based on data and policy  content;
  • ability to advise on the basis of data and policy content.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • student preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • student preparations for tutorials
  • tutorials
  • e-learning
  • case study
  • problem based learning
  • research work

6. Assessment

  • written or oral exam (60%)
  • assignments and active participation in lectures and tutorials (20%)
  • research work (20%)