Current Issues in Belgian Politics

Course Code :1200PSWBPO
Study domain:Political Sciences
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Petra Meier

3. Course contents *

This course's aim is to introduce core institutions, processes, actors and debates of Belgian politics. We focus on the debates on the current organisation of Belgian politics, where necessary by looking at the historic development of current institutions, processes and debates.

This should provide for a frame allowing to analyse and understand Belgian politics and to contextualise central concepts of political science. To this end we systematically study current issues in Belgian politics. Politics is the organisation of society, but society undergoes changes and so does its organisation an steering. The course studies this evolution and its consequences for the Belgian society, treating among others: multi-level governance, decentralisation and federalisation, the relation between the sub-state levels and the their relation with the federal state level, the impact of Europe, the relations between government and parliament, the role of political parties, pillarization, new social identities and identifications, electoral evolutions, living in an ethnically diverse society, ...