Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2098: Comparative Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Theoretical and methodological principles
  • State formation
  • Democratization
  • Autocracies and Hybrid Regimes
  • Legislatures
  • Executives
  • Parties
  • Party Systems
  • Electoral Systems
  • Interest Groups

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity2211 x 2hr seminars
Guided Independent Study128Private study – students are expected to read suggested texts and make notes prior to seminar sessions. They are also expected to read widely to complete their coursework assignments. More specifically, students are expected to devote at least: 60 hours to directed reading; 6 hours for preparing the formative research project outline; 20 hours on completing the essay; Around 42 hours on completing the research project preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).