2019-2020 / SPOL0100-1

Methodological issues in Political Science


15h Pr, 15h Lect.

Nombre de crédits

 Cours supplémentaires destinés aux étudiants d'échange - Erasmus5 crédits 


Antonios Vlassis

Langue(s) de l'unité d'enseignement

Langue anglaise

Organisation et évaluation

Enseignement au deuxième quadrimestre


Horaire en ligne

Unités d'enseignement prérequises et corequises

Les unités prérequises ou corequises sont présentées au sein de chaque programme

Contenus de l'unité d'enseignement

- Ontology and epistemology in Political science
- Behaviouralism
- Rational choice theory
- Institutionnalism and neo-institutionnalism
- Structuralism, marxism and neo-marxism
- Constructivism
- Post-modernism

Acquis d'apprentissage (objectifs d'apprentissage) de l'unité d'enseignement

The course focuses on some methodological and theoretical issues in Political Science.
First, the aim is to analyse in historical and comparative perspective key theoretical approaches both in Political Science - such as behaviouralism, institutionalism and neo-institutionalism, rational choice theory, interpretive theory, structuralism - and in International Relations, such as realism, liberalism, neo-marxism and constructivism.
Second, the goal is to highlight how different theoretical perspectives deal with key methodological issues in Political Science.  

Savoirs et compétences prérequis

The course will be taught entirely in English. Students will be required to read scientific articles, to write critical analysis note, to participate in class and to pass a written exam, all in English. Therefore advanced notions of English are required    

Activités d'apprentissage prévues et méthodes d'enseignement

Ex-cathedra course based on interaction with students

Mode d'enseignement (présentiel ; enseignement à distance)

Lectures recommandées ou obligatoires et notes de cours

David March and Gerry Stoker, Theory and Methods in Political Science, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. 

Christopher Lamont, Research Methods in International Relations, London, SAGE Publication, 2015. 
Peter Hall and Rosemary Taylor, Political Science and the Three Institutionnalisms, Political Studies, XILV, 1996: 936-957. 
Stephen Walt, International Relations: One World, Many Theories, Foreign Policy, 1998: 29-45. 
Martha Finnemore and Kathryn Sikkink, The Constructivist Research Program in International Relations and Comparative Politics, American Review of Political Science, 2001: 391-416. 
Andrew Bennett and Colin Elman, Case study methods in the International Relations Subfield, Comparative Political Studies, 40(2), 2007: 179-195. 

Modalités d'évaluation et critères

- Final written exam and
- Article Reviews


Remarques organisationnelles

Thursdays, 2pm-4pm


Dr. Antonios Vlassis  avlassis@uliege.be