Politics

Comparative Governance

Module code: 821M9
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Portfolio

The module will take you through some of the key topics and concepts in comparative politics. The focus is on concepts and not on particular regions. This means that it will cover issues such as regime types including non-democracies, parliamentary-presidential regimes, electoral behaviour, political opportunity structures, state-society relations and policy-making models. This means that each week you will take a classic article/book extract and, for the seminars, write a short one-page paper applying the week’s reading to a region, or comparing regions using the concepts, or offering a critical reflection on the concept. These papers will build into a portfolio that will be used to assess the module.

Module learning outcomes

  • have a critical understanding of the key literature and concepts in the field of comparative politics.
  • critically apply and assess a variety of concepts from comparative politics to the politics of one or more world regions or countries.
  • critically evaluate and use a range of comparative research designs and methods to analyse key governance issues on different levels of politics.
  • have a critical understanding of the nature and role of comparative politics in the discipline of Political Science.