Political Parties and Electoral Systems is a course taken by the students of the second year (BA) of Political Science. The course is divided into three parts: the first part deals with the functions and typology of political parties, the second part deals with the functions of electoral systems and how they are linked with political parties and the third part covers the typology of political parties and events in post- communist countries with a focus on Albania. The students have to analyse the dynamics of the political parties using the theoretical frameworks provided in the lessons. Problem Based Learning techniques are used to motivate the students to analyse the events and then they are supplied with theory in order to understand whether their previous analysis was solid and valid. The students have to analyse current events in the political space and prepare the OpEd of the Magazine. During the seminars the students will analyse the political parties’ attitudes towards policy making, the laws these parties propose and the actions they take in the political sphere. The debate in the classroom with be organized around these topics. The Front Page will take a final shape at the end of the course. Based on the number of the students it is foreseen to have around 15 Front Pages. The students work will be exhibited in the hall of the University. During the exhibition, the students will have the opportunity to defend their work. An external committee will evaluate the students’ products and arguments and will choose the winner. The best Front Page will be published.
Less than 5 students
up to 1 semester
more than 1 semester
- Internet connection necessary
- English, Shqip
Front Page - OpEd(Resource ID: 337)
– Students learn to learn to solve real-life relevant problems
– Students practice and develop skills of listening, discussion and persuasion
– It encourages greater understanding taking the focus off rote learning
– Develops lifelong learning skills
– Promotes inter-disciplinarity
- Group dynamics issues may compromise the effectiveness of the method.
- For Instructors - creating relevant problem scenarios may be difficult, however this is not the case for the course of Political Parties and Electoral Systems.
– To develop creativity and skills to think independently
– To foster imagination
– To develop discussion and co-operation skills.
Krauss, J., Boss. S. (2013) Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry. Sage Publications.
Central Election Commission: www.cec.org.al
International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance: http://www.idea.int/db/countryview.cfm?id=7#Political Finance
Qota Project: Global Database of Quotas for Women
Inter-Parliamentary Union: http://www.ipu.org/parline-e/reports/2001_A.htm
UET - European University of Tirana
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