This course is an introduction to the comparative politics - sub-field of political science. It focuses on comparing the theoretical concepts in political science in the context of selected countries around the world. During the classes, the students will learn about key theoretical concepts in contemporary politics such as political ideologies, governance structures, electoral systems, political culture etc. These concepts will then be presented in relation to four case countries: Russia, USA, Germany and Iran. These countries represent diverse regions of the world and range from authoritarian and communist regimes to newly democratic states and long-established democracies.


Course Description:

This is a practical course where students make critical analysis of international and national news.  The goal is learning to think clearly and logically about political events, to be systematic in examining ideas, opinions and arguments. In order to achieve such results the course is divided into sections: 1) cross reading of newspaper articles, 2) watching/listening of audio, video material, 3) class discussion, 4) writing short comments and analytical essays.

Objectives:

·         Critical examination and evaluation of different sources of information

·         Improving English language skills (reading, listening, speaking and writing)

·         Learning terms related to International Relations



This course is for the bachelor fourth-year students of the department of international relations. This course will touch such issues as theories of nationalism, the role of nationalism in the rise of nation-states, nation-building processes in the modern age, ethnic problems and minority issues in international perspective at an introductory level with a reference to national identity issue in Kyrgyzstan.

The primary object of History of International Relations is to introduce the students of the Department of International Relations to the origins of modern nation-state system and international relations, so that they will get familiar with basic concepts such as nationalism, liberalism, socialism, imperialism, and decolonization that have underlined some modern institutions; and with significant developments and events such as the French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, Industrial Revolution, Bolshevik Revolution, World Wars, Cold War, and disintegration of the Soviet Union that have shaped modern international system.

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the study of politics. It focuses on the political systems and governmental institutions which are functional in the contemporary world. Through lectures, discussions, readings and various assignments students are expected to get familiarized with the following concepts: power and its dimensions; the state, its role and functions; constitutions and legal systems; political ideologies and political culture; political parties and governance structures.


The United States of America is the only superpower in the current political world. Throughout its history the US has had an enormous impact to the world affairs. This course is aimed at exploring two dimensions of the US politics:

 

  • American political system and the organization of the government
  • Issues in the US foreign policy

 

Thus, this course provides a framework for understanding both the structure of the United States’ political system, and it’s influence on the wider world.  The course explores the political, economic, military, social and cultural dimensions of the US political system and its interaction with the world since the 18th century.