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250Haupt09w - West European Politics(PSC 250 Department of...

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Syllabus West European Politics (PSC 250) Department of Political Science DePaul University Winter 09 Professor: A. B. Haupt Email: [email protected] Office Location: Office 2217; Political Science Department (990 W Fullerton, 2 nd floor), Phone: 773-325-4571 Office Hours: Wednesdays 3pm-5pm and by appointment Class Meeting Time and Location: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:40-10:40am in Room 2403 (990 W Fullerton) ******* 1. Course Learning Objectives This course introduces students to the politics of Western European countries. We will compare the differences in governmental institutions, electoral and party systems and examine how they affect political representation. Focusing on various theories, we seek answers to the following questions: who is represented and how? In what way do institutions influence representation? The course also introduces students to comparative political economy, such as the institutional features of the European welfare states. Lastly, we will briefly consider how the European Union influences national-level politics. Course lectures and discussions will incorporate current events. Therefore, students are required to keep up with the daily news. Suggested news sources include The New York Times , the Washington Post , the Chicago Tribune , The Los Angeles Times , The Economist and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). 2. Course Information 1 A. Contact Information This course has a Blackboard site, which provides general information about the course as well as course announcements. You will also find links to numerous readings for the class. If you have question about the course or about an assignment you should first visit the Blackboard site. You may contact me by visiting my office hours or by sending me an email. Since most questions are discussed more effectively in person, I prefer that you visit me in my office. In addition, you are always welcome to talk to me after class. Regarding email, I will do my best to respond speedily to your emails, but please note that I rarely check my email during evening hours or on the weekends. 1 Please note that some revisions to this syllabus might be made during the quarter. 1
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B. Prerequisites No formal prerequisites for this course exist. Prior knowledge about comparative politics (such as obtained DePaul’s 150: Political Systems of the World) is very welcome. 3. Requirements, Assignments & Grading A. Required Reading/Texts The following text is required and is available for purchase at the bookstores on or near the DePaul, as well as from various internet sellers such as Amazon ( www.amazon.com ) and Barnes and Noble ( www.bn.com ): o Gallagher, Laver and Mair. Representative Government in Modern Europe. 4 th Edition. McGraw, Hill In addition, various required readings will be posted on the course Blackboard site. (Please note: you can choose to read these online, though I suggest you print them). In addition, various short articles, e.g. related to current events, will also be handed out in class periodically and constitute required readings.
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