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School of Politics and International Relations

POL265 Comparative European Politics – Context and Institutional Development

(POL265A - Autumn)

Level: 5

Semester: A

Credit Value: 15

Module Convenor: Dr Brendan O'Duffy

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: None

Compulsory for: Semi-compulsory for L202, L20Y

Associate Availability: Full year and Autumn only


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 socio-economic context, the module focuses on comparative analysis of institutions (the nation-state, government and policy-making, legislatures, executives, parties, party systems and electoral systems.

Assessment: 1 x 2500 word essay (50%) and 1.5 hours Multiple Choice in Class Test (50%)