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Module Title LM Varieties of Politics: The Comparative Politics of Parties, Institutions and Regimes
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 33016
Module Lead Tim Haughton
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions N/A
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-10 hours
Guided independent study-170 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module will compare political systems across the globe, examining both authoritarian and democratic systems, although focusing more on the latter. In particular the distinction between majoritarian and consensus democracies will be explored. In addition, students will seek to identify and explain variations and similarities in parties and party systems, electoral systems and voting behaviour, constitutions, legislatures, executives.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Understand the strength and weaknesses of the comparative method.
  • Display a familiarity with some of the most widely used theoretical and methodological perspectives in the field of comparative politics and an ability to relate them to the practice of political phenomena in the contemporary world.
  • Identify and analyse the differences between political systems, institutional frameworks electoral politics across the globe
  • Apply the frameworks of comparative politics to specific case studies
Assessment 33016-01 : Review - 1000 : Coursework (25%)
33016-03 : Essay - 2500 words : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 1 x 1000 word review (25%) 1 x 2500 word essay (75%):
Reassessment: resit of failed piece or pieces of assessment
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