POL265 Comparative European Politics – Context and Institutional Development
Module Convenor: Dr. Brendan O’Duffy
Description: 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 course aims to introduce the continent’s politics - one rooted in a comparative rather than a country-by-country approach. After establishing ontological and epistemological foundations in comparative political science and setting the historical and socioeconomic context, the module focuses on comparative analysis of institutions (the nation-state, government and policymaking, legislatures, executives, parties, party systems and electoral systems.
Connected course(s): Compulsory for: None, Semi-compulsory for: L202, L20Y, L2L3, L23L
Assessment: Essay – 2000 words (50%) and Exam (50%)