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Comparative Governement L1-S1


Faculté de Droit ( FLD )

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Niveau Année de formation Période Langue d'enseignement 
Professeur(s) responsable(s)Kalliopi Kyriakopoulou
Intervenant(s)Pas d'autre intervenant

    Ce cours apparaît dans les formations suivantes :
  • Faculté de Droit Lille - Licence 1 Européenne de Droit - S1 - 3 ECTS

Pré requis

This is an introductory course and there are not specific requirements prior to the course. However, throghout the term, following national and international news, keeping up-to date with current affairs and following the assigned bibliography are necessary éléments for the successful completion

Objectifs du cours

The course provides a framework for thinking about politics and the institutions of governance. It discusses and analyses some of the vocabulary necessary for political analysis.

It focuses mainly on the politics within the state by starting with the very essentials of the state operation and moves towards challenging the very principles of state;

As an introductory course it provides a firm grounding in the basics. It considers questions such as:

what is politics

why government exists

what is the meaning of the state in the 21st century

how the state is challenged by forces of globalisation

The course introduces the students to the key structures, institutions and processes in political life. It examines different political ideologies, various political systems, contemporary institutional arrangements, their impact on the decision-making process, the structure of the contemporary state, the role of the political parties nowadays and the new challenges in contemporary politics.

This course also prepares the students for the course to be taught in the winter term on International Relations in which the students will be called to focus on the politics beyond and across the states

Contenu du cours

The creation of polis and the meaning of the political animal

The creation of the state and its main principles

The notion of sovereignty and the main challenges nowadays

Main political idéologies and their représentatives

The dominant political idéologies in the 21st centrury

The notion of the ‘liberal democracy’ and its critics

Classfification of political systems and regimes

The relation between forms of governments and électoral systems

The evolution of the political parties and party politics

The essence of Constitution and constitutional forms and variations

The challenge of globalisation for the state and state politics

Modalités d'enseignement

Organisation du cours

Lectures and présentations in class followed by discussion.

Commentary upon articles to be assigned by the instructor in advance

Mini présentations by students’ groups during class time

Méthodes pédagogiques


    Examen : coeff. 1


    • Axford et al., Politics, An Introduction, 3rd édition, London, Routledge, 2014||
      Heywood, A., Politics, 4th édition, London, Palgrave, 2013||
      Heywood, A., Political Ideologies, An Introduction, 5th édition, London, Palgrave, 2012

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