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Thesis seminar Comparative Politics: Regime Change and Stability



The broad theme of this year’s Thesis Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics is “Regime Change and Stability”, but students are welcome to propose their own research topics in the field of Comparative Politics.

The seminar has two basic goals. The first is to introduce students to the major themes, debates, and puzzles in the scholarly discussion about why some regimes change while others remain stable. The second goal is to allow students to grow familiar with some of the methodological challenges of conducting comparative research and then to develop a research proposal of their own that sets out a research question and a research design for answering that question. This proposal will form the basis of the MA thesis they will write in the second half of the Thesis Seminar. The course is designed around engaged and lively debate on the issues and giving constructive feedback on each others work; therefore, student participation is absolutely necessary.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, class discussions, and thesis supervision.


Approximately 600 pages based on a course pack and additional material made available through Blackboard.


Block III: Research proposal
Block IV: MA thesis


Block III
Tuesday 1 February till 22 March, 15.00 – 17.00 hrs., in SA37
Thursday 3 February till 24 March, 15.00 – 17.00 p.m., 1A41 (except 3 March 5A39 and 24 March 1A33)

Block IV
Tuesday 29 March till 24 May, 15.00 – 17.00 hrs., in SA21 (except 29 March till 19 April, room to be announced)
Thursday 31 March, till 26 May, 15.00 – 17.00 hrs., in 1A24 (except May 5: Liberation Day).