Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1020: Politics in Europe

This module descriptor refers to the 2024/5 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Alison Harcourt ()





Available via distance learning


In this module you will address how changing patterns of governance (specifically, the rise of the regulatory state, globalisation, and Europeanisation) are affecting traditional models of governance, focusing on the political systems of the UK, France, Germany, Nordic states and Central and Eastern Europe.

The theoretical foundations of the module lie in the combination of comparative politics and comparative political economy and Europeanization theory. You will examine the role of political parties, interest groups, legislatures, executives, judiciaries, the media and political participation.

This is fundamental for students wishing to specialise in comparative or European politics. There are no prior modules required to take this module. It is suitable for any student in social science or humanities from the first year and is recommended for interdisciplinary pathways, particularly students studying European languages.

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