Political science

The plan of the course POLITICAL SCIENCE 

Topical Module 1. Politics and political power

  1. Political science as a subject of study
    • Subject and tasks of political science
    • Definition, structure and functions of politics
  2. Political power
    • Conception and structure of political power
    • Political elites and political leadership

Topical Module 2. Political system of society

  1. Theory of political system
    • Definition, structure and functions of political system
    • Political regimes
  2. Political institutions
    • State in political system
    • Political parties and the party system
  3. Political culture
    • Definition, structure and types of political culture
    • Political ideology
  4. Political processes
    • Conception and types of political processes
    • Political conflicts and crises
    • International policy
    • International policy and international relations
    • Geopolitics

Political Sciencequestions for examination

  1. Subject and method of political science. Place of political science in the system of social sciences.
  2. Definition and functions of politics.
  3. Political relationship, political consciousness and political organization as constituents of politics.
  4. Political thought of antiquity and medieval religious and political conceptions.
  5. Political thought of Modern Times.
  6. Definition of political power. Modern conceptions of political power.
  7.  Structure of political power. Resources of political power.
  8.  Principles of organization and functioning of political power.
  9.  Conception of political elite. Classical and modern theories of elites.
  10. Political leadership. Classification of political leaders.
  11.  Definition and mechanism of political system functioning.
  12.  Typology of political systems.
  13.  Political stability and political risk.
  14.  Totalitarian political regime: definition and features. Historical types of totalitarianism.
  15.  Conception and types of authoritarian political regime.
  16.  Democratic political regime: definition and features.
  17.  Peculiarities of post-totalitarian political regimes functioning and development.
  18.  Conception and structure of civil society.
  19.  State: conception, features and place in political system.
  20.  Monarchy as a form of government. Peculiarities of monarchic institution in modern world.
  21.  Conception and types of republic form of government.
  22.  Unitary state system: conception and features.
  23.  Federation: conception and main types in modern world.
  24.  Legal state. Principles of legal state. Social orientation of legal state.
  25.  Definition, features and functions of political party. Typology of political parties.
  26.  Party systems in modern world.
  27.  Groups of interests and groups of pressure.
  28.  Social and political organizations and movements.
  29.  Definition, features and functions of political culture.
  30.  Typology of political cultures.
  31.  Political stereotypes, political myths and political symbols.
  32.  Political subcultures: conception and types.
  33.  Definition, features and functions of political ideology.
  34.  Classification of modern political ideologies.
  35.  Conception and mechanisms of political socialization.
  36.  Stages of political socialization.
  37.  Political conduct: conception and types.
  38.  Main forms of political participation. Electoral conduct.
  39.  Conception and types of political protest.
  40.  Political terrorism: substance and causes of beginning.
  41.  Conception and main motives of political non-participation.
  42.  Conception and types of political process.
  43.  Political development and political modernization. Types of modernization.
  44.  Political conflict: substance, structure and typology.
  45.  Conception of political crisis. Models of crisis development of political conflicts.
  46.  Ways of political conflicts solving.
  47.  Elections: conception, functions and types.
  48.  Conception and main types of electoral system.
  49.  Conception and principles of international politics.
  50.  International relations nowadays: characteristics and trends of development.
  51.  Structure, functions and categories of geopolitics.
  52.  Geopolitical analysis of modern international relations. Main geopolitical regions in modern world.
  53.  Conception and classification of global problems of the present. Political ways of solving of global problems of mankind.
  54.  International security and global political process: problems of new international political order forming.

LITERATURE to the course

  1. Arendt H. The Origins of Totalitarism. N.Y. 1951.
  2. Arendt H., Brzezinski Z. The Totalitarian Mind. N.Y., 1955.
  3. Barrow Clyde. The Intellectual Origins of New Political Science. – Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, IL, Aug 30, 2007.
  4. Carl B. Stokes: And the Rise of Black Political Power.
  5. Carter, April Direct Action and Liberal Democracy (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 6)Taylor&Francis, 2012.
  6. Carter, April Authority and Democracy (Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 5)Taylor&Francis, 2012.
  7. Datta, Amlan   Socialism, Democracy and Industrialization Routledge Library Editions: Political Science Volume 53 – Taylor&Francis, 2012.
  8. David Hume Political Essays – Cambridge University Press, 2010
  9. Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, Susan F. Marseken Political System – 2010
  10. Martin A. Miller The Foundations of Modern Terrorism: State, Society and the Dynamics of Political Violence – Cambridge University Press, 2013
  11. Political power essence, basic features and types of power. Concept of powerhttp://www.philosofy.dsmu.edu.ua/_doc/eng/Lecture 3 POLITICAL POWER.doc
  12. Political Science Lectures (in English) by Dept. of Political Science, Lund University – https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/political-science-lectures/id410318363
  13. Political Science. Archive of All Online Issues: Sep 1948 – Dec 2013 // http://pnz.sagepub.com/
  14. Robert E. Goodin, Hans-Dieter Klingemann The New Handbook of Political Science – Oxford University Press, 2012
  15. The Encyclopedia of Political Science, Volume 1-5 , By George T Kurian, James E Alt, Simone Chambers, Geoffrey Garrett, Margaret Levi, Paula D Mcclain – Oxford University Press, 2010. – 1801 р.
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