Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1029: Introduction to Comparative Politics

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

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: 

  • The Modern State
  • Varieties of Political Regimes
  • Transitions between Regimes
  • Democratisation and Authoritarianism
  • Regional governance
  • Case-studies of political regimes and political transitions in different regions of the world

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 activity16.511 weekly x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and teaching activity1010 weekly x 1 hour seminars
Guided Independent study73.5Preparation for examination – including researching and collating relevant materials, reviewing lecture and seminar notes, making detailed revision notes.
Guided Independent study50Private study – reading and preparing presentation for tutorials (see below in ‘Formative Assessment’).

Online Resources

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

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/