DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000070

Parties and Party Systems in Europe

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Dr. Vidutis Pečkys (pmi@mruni.eu)

a. o: Dr. Vidutis Pečkys

Institute of Political Sciences


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

face-to-face

2 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Political science, EU studies

History, political geography, basics of law

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

The purpose of this course - indoctrinate students with types of party systems, organization and structure of political parties, origins of political parties, difference between right, left, pragmatic, conservative, liberal, socialist, green, religious, nationalist parties. The program consists of the three chapters. In the first part we discover and explain history of political parties, multiparty systems, two-party systems, and one-party systems. In the second part we study political systems in various countries (West, Central Europe, Scandinavia and Baltic States). In the third part we debate about parties and electoral campaign financing.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

To be able to reveal the reasons for the changes of political parties

Lectures, problem teaching

Advice


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

The types of party systems

2

2

4

10

Party systems change

Political parties in Scandinavia

2

4

6

12

Parties with official representation

Political parties in Central Europe

2

4

6

10

Changes in party systems in the post-communist countries

assesment

2

2

Political parties in Germany

2

2

4

10

Parties represented in the Bundestag

Political parties and fractions in European Parliament

2

2

4

10

Political parties in Italy

2

2

4

10

The People of Freedom and Democratic Party

Baltic States

2

2

4

10

Organization and structure of political parties

2

2

4

10

Models of party organization

Political parties in the UK

2

2

4

10

Major and minor parties in the House of Commons

Political parties in France

2

2

4

10

Right – wing and left – wing parties

Origins and evolution of political parties

2

2

4

10

Social, economic and political preconditions for political parties to appear

Overall

22

26

2

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

30

During the semester

Test contains of 30 questions. Minimal positive result - 10 correct answers 7: Excellent knowledge and skills. Assessment level. 28-30 correct answers. 6: Good knowledge and skills. May be . some of wrong answers. Synthesis level. 25-27 correct answers. 5: Knowledge and skills are above average. 20-24 correct answers. 4: The average knowledge and skills, there are incorrect answers. Level of analysis. 16-19 correct answers. 3: Knowledge and skills below average, the substantive mistakes. Knowledge of the application level. 13-15 correct answers. 2: Knowledge and skills still meets the minimum requirements. A lot of mistakes. 10-12 correct answers. 1: Dissatisfied with the minimum requirements. 5-9 correct answers.

Participation in debates

20

Semester course

The cumulative score (20 per cent.) Consists of a seminar attendance and active participation in seminars

Examination

50

At the end of semester

This is not required, but active students often try to introduce one or another subject. Usually this is done by mini-groups