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School of Politics and International Relations

POL284 Comparative Politics

POL284 Comparative Politics

Credits: 30
Semester: 1 and 2

Module Convenor: To be confirmed

Description: Why some countries are democracies and others dictatorships? Why are ethnic groups politicized in some countries but not in others? Why do some countries have many political parties and others just a few? How do governments form and what determines the type of government that takes office? How can we explain patterns of representation? This module analyses some of the most relevant contemporary questions by looking at political structures, individuals and collective actors and processes through the lens of Comparative Politics. In this module, we are set not just to find out about other countries, but to broaden and deepen our understanding of important and general political processes within these countries. The course first analyses the main concepts, and theoretical and methodological approaches in comparative political science and then applies their insights to the analysis of institutions, economic development, regime stability and change, social movements, representation, national identity, religion, ideology and more.

Assessment: Item 1: 25% Country Report (1500 words) Item 2: 35% Comparative Report (2000 words) Item 3: 40% Take-home exam
Level: 5

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