Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2062: Comparative Politics: Approaches and Concepts

This module descriptor refers to the 2015/6 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
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You should attend this module if you have an interest in current events in world politics and are interested in learning how to systematically analyze such events, such as the breakdown of authoritarian regimes, democratization, democracy promotion or, looking more particularly at advanced democracies such as the UK, the increasing apathy of voters, the dependency of political parties on state resources or the rise of non-elected institutions.  The module familiarises you with core themes discussed in comparative politics exploring the broader observable trends. The first part of the module deals with strategies of comparison and concepts shaping core debates in comparative politics. The second part focuses on the empirical analysis of core actors linked to the electoral process (e.g. governments, voters, parties) and the study of non-elected institutions such as constitutional courts and government agencies. Conceptualized as an introduction into a subfield of political science, the module is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist students as well as for interdisciplinary pathways. There are no course requirements in terms of other modules that need to be attended beforehand.

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