Comparative Politics - POL00037I

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Barbara Yoxon
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

The module is intended to provide students with a firm grounding in the conceptual debates and key issues that have shaped - and continue to shape - the field of Comparative Politics. The module focuses on the study of democracies, trying to understand what democracies are, how they emerge, how transitions for authoritarian regimes take place, and how they operate. It also examines in detail different institutional arrangements. The module will analyse how they affect the organization of the state, and the behaviour of parties and voters, but also which are the conditions that make certain institutional arrangements more likely than others.

Module learning outcomes

By completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major theoretical approaches to the study of comparative politics and an understanding of the multiple issues associated with it;
  • Demonstrate ability to define and analyse relevant concepts such as the state, regime type, different forms of institutions, political competition, collective action problems, etc.;
  • Analyse why certain institutions emerge in certain countries compared to others and which are their consequences on governance, stability, and policy outcomes.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2000 word essay
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Comparative Politics
2 hours 60

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
2000 word essay
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Comparative Politics
2 hours 60

Module feedback

Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor’s feedback and guidance hours.

Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessment no later than 20 working days after submission; and the module tutor will hold a specific session to discuss feedback, which students can also opt to attend. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor’s regular feedback and guidance hours.

Indicative reading

Ostrom, Elinor. (1991). Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. New York: Cambridge University Press: chs. 1-3 and 6.

Lijphart, A. (2012). Patterns of democracy: Government forms and performance in thirty-six countries. Yale University Press.

North, D. C. (1990). Institutions, institutional change and economic performance. Cambridge University Press.

O'Neil, P. H., & Rogowski, R. (2010). Essential readings in comparative politics. Chapters 1, 4, 5, 6, and 8.

Przeworski, Adam (2004), Institutions Matter? Government and Opposition 39, pp: 527-540.

Pierson, Paul (2004), Politics in Time: Politics in Time: History, Institutions, and Social Analysis, Princeton University Press.

Esping-Andersen, G ¶sta. (1990). The Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism, Princeton University Press.

Linz, Juan J. and Arturo Valenzuela, eds.(1994).The Failure of Presidential Democracy .Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. [Pages 3-90].



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