|Owning Department/School:||Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies|
|Level:||Certificate (FHEQ level 4)|
|Assessment:||ES 50%, EX 50%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
The unit aims to provide
* an introduction to comparative democratic politics in a European and global context;
* insight into the comparative analysis of political life through close study of a field rich in comparative examples;
* a solid basic knowledge of a major area of political science.
Students who have successfully completed this unit will be able to demonstrate:
* knowledge of the recent history of politics and society, government, and policy-making in Western democracies;
* understanding of relevant theoretical models and empirical examples (both European and international);
* understanding of contemporary problems of political parties, party systems and governments in Western democracies.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.
Lectures and seminars will cover methods and principles of comparative political analysis; structures of government (constitutions, legislatures, executives, bureaucracies); structures of representation (electoral systems, interest groups, political parties); problems in modern Western democracy.
PL10712 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
PL10712 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences