COURSE INFORMATION
Course Title: GOVERNMENT, POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY IN ALBANIA
Code Course Type Regular Semester Lecture Recit. Lab Credits ECTS
PIR 261 B 3 - - - 4 5
Lecturer and Office Hours: Lisen Bashkurti
Teaching Assistant(s) and Office Hours: -
Language: English
Compulsory/Elective: Compulsory
Classroom and Meeting Time: N/A
Course Description: -
Course Objectives: The primary goal of this course is to obtain an understanding of the basic principles, functions and foundations of the Albanian system of government and politics. It aims to study the methods in which major and transformative changes take place in Albanian public policy. Why at makes some reforms succeed and other fail? Overall, this course explores the major political institutions and organizations in the Albanian policy process.
COURSE OUTLINE
Week Topics
1 Introduction on political concepts, terms and definitions
2 The Constitution of Albania: Analysis; Sovereignty , Strengths and Weaknesses
3 The Parliament, the Prime Minister and the President
4 Political Parties: Structure, Policies and Ideas
5 Local Government
6 Elections and Voting: Electoral System, Electoral reform and Voting Behavior
7 Democracy and Participation in Albania
8 Midterm Exam
9 Policy Analysis, Implementation and Evaluation System in Albania
10 Foreign Policy
11 Economic and Budgetary Policy
12 Environmental and Energy Policy
13 Health Care and Social Policy
14 EU Cohesion Policy and Accession: Important Issue for Albania
Prerequisite(s):
Textbook: Albanian Journal of Politics, http://ajp.alpsa.org/ Beshku, K.; Malltezi, O. (2013), Albania and Europe in a Political Regard, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, New Castle: UK Albanian Institute for International Studies, http://www.aiis-albania.org/publications.html Politics of Albania, https://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Politics_of_Albania.html Albanian Center for Economics Research, http://www.acer.org.al/
Other References:
Laboratory Work: N/A
Computer Usage: N/A
Others: No
COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
1 To understand the dynamics of the political environment in Albania, and develop strategies to engage with it
2 To be effective participants in public policymaking, as policy analysts, administrators, and advocates
3 To help all involved actors assess a political environment and recognize the unique challenges that it imposes
4 To explore and compare the various actors in the political environment in Albania: governments, interest groups, social movements, advisory committees, companies, and the media.
5 To learn how the Albanian political environment fits in the global arena.
COURSE CONTRIBUTION TO... PROGRAM COMPETENCIES
(Blank : no contribution, 1: least contribution ... 5: highest contribution)
No Program Competencies Cont.
COURSE EVALUATION METHOD
Method Quantity Percentage
Midterm Exam(s)
1
40
Final Exam
1
50
Attendance
10
Total Percent: 100%
ECTS (ALLOCATED BASED ON STUDENT WORKLOAD)
Activities Quantity Duration(Hours) Total Workload(Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 3 16 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 2 16 32
Mid-terms 1 12 12
Assignments
Final examination 1 16 16
Other 1 17 17
Total Work Load:
125
Total Work Load/25(h):
5
ECTS Credit of the Course:
5