5,310 Comparative Politics Bachelor of International Affairs (BIA) Goals of the course The course is taught in English. The course combines macro and micro political structures and processes. It aims to give an overview of the diversity and commonalities of political systems world-wide focussing on industrialised states. First, the course consists of a description of structures and processes. This is done empirically based on evidence in the form of historical events and developments, institutional and legislative information, quantitative data on electorates and parties, as well as typologies and taxonomies. Second, the course introduces explanations of the variations of state structures, institutions, administrative traditions, and policies between "cases", the nation-states, that is the main unit of analysis of comparative politics. This is done theoretically and the course introduces the main models which have been formulated to interpret variations between countries – historical institutionalism, rational choice, international political economy being the main ones. The course provides the instruments to interpret common changes over time. Insofar as the search for explanations of variations between cases needs to be guided by a rigorous comparative method, methodological problems are also discussed. Course organisation The course is structured into three modules: The nation-state and its institutions Cleavages, party systems and representation Welfare state, types of capitalism and public policies Each of the three modules of the course consists of four lectures (each accompanied by textbook chapters) and three tutorials (each accompanied by a compulsory reading). In total there are 12 lectures and 9 tutorials. For details, please refer to the syllabus and StudyNet2.0. Course material Syllabus: Please download the pdf. Textbook: Caramani, D. (eds.)(2011). Comparative Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press (second edition). The textbook can be purchased from the Skriptenkommission, the Rösslitor bookstore or Amazon. Online Resource Centre (ORC): The textbook is accompanied by a comprehensive companion website with learning features, mock exams, preparation tools and databanks. The website can be accessed here. Slides: Slides for each lecture can be downloaded from the webpage on StudyNet 2.0. Tutorial texts: The 9 compulsory texts are included in the Reader which can be purchased from the Skriptenkommission. Tutorials Tutorials consist of 2-hour weekly sessions with student introductions to the texts of about 15 minutes. Texts are available in the reader at the Skriptenkommission. Course Organization Lectures: Wednesday, at 12.15 (venue: 09-011). For details about tutorials, textbook chapters, compulsory reading and the exact schedule and rooms, please refer to the syllabus and to StudyNet2.0. Contact Responsible: firstname.lastname@example.org Tutors: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org Office Hours Monday, 14.00–16.00, Rosenbergstrasse 51. Examination The final examination is divided into 3 parts: 1. Multiple choice: 10 points Students are asked to answer 10 multiple-choice questions. 2. Three questions: 30 points Students must answer three questions. For each question they should not use more than a page. 3. Text reviews: 20 points Students are asked to write critical reviews of two out of the compulsory tutorial texts. The examination is in English. For visiting students ("exchange students" in St. Gallen) a separate examination will be organised in December before the end of term and before students travel back to their home universities. The form of the examination is the same as described above.