Introduction To Political Science


Degree Program: Social Administration (1st semester – elective)

Degree Program : Political Science (1st semester – compulsory)

Teaching hours: 3 per week

Course tutors:Dr. Costas Dikeos, Ass. Professor cdikeos@socadm.duth.gr

& Dr. Apostolos Pantazis, Lecturer apantaz@socadm.duth.gr

 

The course consisting of two broad modules (one more closely relevant to political theory –Pantazis-, and one more closely relevant to comparative politics and political sociology –Dikeos-) aims at acquainting first semester students with key issues in politics and political science, initially via a presentation of its spectrum and as the course progresses of key basic concepts and theories.

Students acquire foundation knowledge that will assist them in their further study of political science. The first module gives emphasis on issues such as: the concepts of freedom, democracy, modernity and modern state, political participation, power, authority, legitimacy, political economy, division of labour etc; the ideas of utilitarianism, and liberalism, and theorists like Mill and Marx; the transformation from liberal ‘watchdog’ state to welfare state. The second module gives emphasis on the key institutions (government-executive, parliament and the relation between the two), the predominant players (parties, pressure groups) and their functions (staff selection, ideology formation, interests representation etc); party systems (single party systems, two party systems etc); voting systems and voting behaviour.

Assessment:

Compulsory exam at the end of term.

Goals:

Acquainting first semester students with elementary issues related to political theory, comparative politics, and political sociology; alongside issues on the relation of political science to other disciplines. Giving the ‘stepping stone’ knowledge for the continuation of their studies.