Politics of Governance: Germany

Module code: L2039
Level 5
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

The overall intellectual aim of this module is to provide a comprehensive analysis of the structure and norms of governance in the Federal Republic of Germany. The module examines the structure of German governance post-1945, looking at the formal codified arrangements of German federalism and the relationship between the constitution, parties and the wider polity. Particular emphasis is placed on Germany's role within the broader international community and the effects that unification has had on the structures and practices of German governance. We will also look at two particular policy fields (foreign policy, asylum and immigration policy) in order to see how the structures of governance affect policy making and policy development in individual policy areas. Learning objectives are specified by week for each topic. You should use these to think about when reading the material and preparing for each seminar.

Module learning outcomes

  • Design and produce a substantial work of analysis and argument, presented in accordance with professional scholarly standards
  • Access primary and secondary materials through the use of extensive IT skills and be able to use appropriate software packages
  • Critically evaluate the efficacy and efficiency of Germany's institutions and norms of governance.
  • Understand and critically analyse the impact that unification has had on the way that Germany is governed today