Introduction to Political Science offers a systematic introduction in political science. Students get a broad overview of and introduction in the several aspects of politics and political decision-making and in the way political scientists deal with that. The course presents the core themes and paradigms of the several subdisciplines in political science, being International Relations, Public Policy, Political Philosophy and Comparative Politics. The emphasis of the course, though, clearly lays on comparative politics: systematically comparing political systems, phenomena and political behavior across countries. The course deals with a variety of topics among which there are representation, political participation, ideologies, cleavages, parties, electoral systems and voting behavior, European integration etc.