Introduction to Political Science
|Course code module||1BPSW-06|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||semester exam in January|
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2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The course intends to stimulate an understanding of the logic of the political processes so as to avoid an unwarranted distrust of the various actors involved in political decision-making and to enhance the capabilities to participate in democratic politics as citizens and intellectual observers.
3. Course content
The first part of the course proposes a definition of politics that distinguishes and elaborates the essential elements of any political process: the definition of the problem, the definition of the objectives, the conduct of conflict, the use of power, and the implementation of policies.
The second part deals with the structures that constrain and institutionalize these (dangerous) process: the political system, the rule of law, and the democratic regime;
The final part examines what contemporary empirical political science has to say about the main actors in the democratic political arena: the political elites, the people (and the public), the interest groups, and the administration.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: Lectures
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationMultiple choice
Continuous assessment: (Interim) tests
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Dierickx, G. (2005), De Logica van de Politiek. Antwerpen: Garant.
7. Recommended reading - study material
Dierickx, G. (2005),De Logica van de Politiek. Antwerpen: Garant.
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