The course Comparative Political Systems is an online class provided by Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II through edX. The skill level of the course is Introductory. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.
Explored through the lens of different political systems, this course provides the insights needed to understand Democracy today and the challenges faced by democratic governments.
Course description This course is part of the IPSAMOOC project, a joint venture Federica Weblearning – IPSA, the International Political Science AssociationIf you’ve ever asked the question, “What is Democracy?” this course is for you. This comparative study of politics covers a wide variety of topics and themes. The course begins with a definition of the comparative method and a special focus on concept formation and historical and institutional approaches. It highlights the way in which democratic regimes are governed, and the way electoral rules impact not only on parties and the party system but also on citizens. We will study the different forms of government, their structure and role, leading to an understanding of the dynamics of governing coalitions and their rotation in office. Together we will evaluate the assets and liabilities of the different institutional structures and approaches. The last part of the course will focus on the effectiveness of different democratic regimes and evaluate proposals for change. The emerging overall picture will show the existence of several institutional solutions to the challenges and the problems of contemporary democracies.
To obtain a verified certificate from edX / Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II you have to finish this course or the latest version of it, if there is a new edition. The class may be free of charge, but there could be some cost to receive a verified certificate (59.00 USD) or to access the learning materials. The specifics of the course may have been changed, please consult the provider to get the latest quotes and news.
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