European Politics (L2051)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

The political map of contemporary Europe is changing rapidly and fundamentally, as the traditional boundaries between East and West and between domestic and international governance break down.

This module aims to provide a pan-European introduction to the continent's politics, rooted in a comparative rather than a country-by-country approach. After setting the historical and socioeconomic context, it moves on to tackle institutions (the nation-state, government and policy-making, legislatures, parties, pressure groups and the media) and issues (participation, immigration, the supposed blurring of the left-right divide and Europe in the world).

Teaching

50%: Lecture
50%: Seminar

Assessment

50%: Coursework (Essay)
50%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 22 hours of contact time and 128 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: