POL20020 Comparative Politics

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces students to issues and methods in comparative politics, including the comparative study of domestic politics and foreign policies. Studying politics in a comparative context enables us to broaden and deepen our understanding of important political institutions and processes. We do this by making systematic comparisons among political systems that are similar in many respects, but nonetheless differ in important ways. This allows us to analyse the effect of these differences in a careful and rigorous way, enriching our understanding of how politics works.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course students will:
• Understand why we might use the comparative method in political research and some of the main strengths and limitations of this approach;
• Understand how countries differ in their political institutions and why this matters;
• Understand how varying political systems give rise to different foreign policy orientations;
• Develop transferable skills including: critical thinking, peer work, and written communication

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning

95

Lectures

24

Tutorial

6

Total

125

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
• Lectures
• Tutorials
• Group discussions
• Academic reading and writing 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students taking this course should have already have taken a Level One Politics course or its equivalent. This course is recommended for all students who intend to take any Politics courses at Level Three in the future.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Completion and submission of activity sheets Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

20

Class Test: In class MCQ Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

20

Essay: 2,000 word essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

60


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided to students within 20 working days of the deadline for the assignment in accordance with university policy.

Name Role
Professor David Farrell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 7 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 10:00 - 10:50
Tutorial Offering 8 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 9 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 13 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 15 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 16 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Tutorial Offering 17 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Tutorial Offering 18 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 20 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 22 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Spring