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IFCO 2300 - Advanced Political Analysis

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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Course Description

This module deals with the use of theory and meta-theory in the analysis of political systems. It begins with a consideration of the nature of explanation and understanding in the social sciences before examining a series of key theoretical and meta-theoretical debates within the discipline. Amongst the topics to be covered are the relevance of and relationship between ontology and epistemology, the structure-agency debate and the role of ideas in political analysis. Whilst the course is structured thematically, each sessions reviews the theoretical and meta-theoretical choices of influential schools of thought within the discipline.


  • HAY, Colin (Professeur des universités, CEE)
  • WAGNER, Paulus (Doctorant)

Pedagogical format

One two-hour lecture per week for 12 weeks.

Course validation

1. A journal article review of 1500 words 2. An essay of 2000 words (in which students are asked to explain how a concept or theory explored in the course might inform the analysis of a topic of their choice).

Required reading

  • Hay, C. (2002) Political Analysis: A Critical Introduction London: Palgrave
  • Marsh, D. and Stoker, J. (eds.) (2010) Theory and Methods in Political Science. Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • Dowding, K. (2015) Philosophy and Methods of Political Science. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

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