Course Syllabus


Comparative Studies in Politics Ⅰ(比較政治専門研究Ⅰ)




Yasushi KONDO

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Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Spring
Year: M1・2
Course Periods: Tuesday 13:00-14:30
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: no

This course will be delivered online. Students are requested to abstain from coming to the university.

Outline of Lecture Course

This course aims to provide students  with a basic understanding of contemporary European politics.

From the view point of comparative politics, it focuses on political institutions, political parties, and various domestic and international political issues facing European states and citizens today.

The course tackles such aspects of parliaments; electoral systems and elections; parties and party systems; European Union; Welfare states and Neo-liberalism; immigration and multi-culturalism.

Course Objectives

No textbooks. Handout will be provided in the course.

Course Materials/Supplementaries

Major references books are following.

- Paul Kubicek, European Politics 2nd ed., Routledge, 2017 .

- Tim Bale, European Politics: A comparative Introduction 4th ed., Palgrave,2017.

- Jose M. Magone, Contemporary European Politics: A Comparative Introduction 2nd ed., Routledge, 2019.


Short Paper in each lecture (30%)

final paper (70%)



Instructions for Out-of-Class Study See the handouts.
Responding to Student Questions Answer student questions after class or in the next class.
Other Notes

This course goes online via NUCT. 

If you can't access NUCT course site, please tell me about your NAGOYA university ID number by email.

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Introduction Why study Europe? See the handouts. *
2 Brief History The historical development of European politics As above. *
3 Framework Patterns of Democracies As above. *
4 Institution (1) Parliaments As above. *
5 Institution (2) Executive systems and Governments As above. *
6 Institution (3) Regional and local government As above. *
7 Institutions (4) Electoral systems and Elections As above. *
8 Political Party (1) Party organizations and party family As above. *
9 Political Party (2) Party systems As above. *
10 EU (1) The Development of the European Union As above. *
11 EU (2) Institutions and Policies of the European Union As above. *
12 Policies (1) Welfare states As above. *
13 Policies (2) Neo-liberal reforms As above. *
14 Policies (3) Immigration and multiculturalism As above. *

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