Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1029: Introduction to Comparative Politics

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


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

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Elena Gadjanova (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Politics is the organization of human communities. This module introduces you to the key concepts that political scientists employ to describe political life – collective actors such as political parties and institutions such as parliaments. Central to our understanding of modern politics is the state – both as an actor when engaging other social groups and as an institution that provides the legal rules for almost all our interactions.

Although we will spend time thinking about concepts and theories, empirical case studies will inform all the questions we ask. In true comparative fashion our examples will stem from the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Teaching and learning for this module will take place in an interactive environment where students will be expected to engage fully with their peers and tutor as well as working independently. Lectures will give students a grounding in the key issues and debates pertaining to the topic under consideration. Independent study and seminars will help students to formulate, debate, and refine their own analyses of these topics.

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