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The main objective of this course is to explain the students the basic political concepts and approaches. The course aims to demonstrate their modes of application in various countries and regions both in institutional and functional terms.
The relationship between language and politics. Political participation. Political parties and interest groups. Political culture. Political socialization. Forms and systems of government. Power, authority and legitimacy. Notions of equality, freedom and justice. Rights and obligations. State and bureaucracy. Nations and nationalism. Approaches to citizenship. Reform, revolution and reaction. Theories of democracy. Perspectives on human nature.
Upon succesful completion of this course, a student will be able to
1. Describe basic political concepts and approaches.
2. Understand nature and significance of politics.
3. Understand political processes and dynamics at the international, national and local levels.
4. Carry out (comparative) political analysis through collection and interpretation of political and sociological data.
5. Evaluate the importance of notions such as equality, justice, freedom, power, legitimacy and estimate the significance of such notions in a democratic regime.
6. Recognize the significance of active citizenship for the establishment and consolidation of democratic politics.
7. Identify and consider ethical implications of politics.
8. Communicate effectively in writing and speech.