GV121-4-SP-CO:
Institutions of Democracy

The details
2023/24
Government
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
15
02 February 2023

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BA L212 Global Politics,
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BA L214 Global Politics (including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module is an introduction to the study of (political) institutions. Whenever political actors interact, they do so within the context of certain rules (e.g., voting under a specific electoral system).


These “rules of the game”, as Douglass North has defined institutions, structure the incentives and behaviour of individual political and economic actors.


In this module, we will first learn about political and economic interactions in the absence of institutions, and then about how the addition of institutions changes political and economic outcomes. We will also explore the different effect of various institutions on political and economic behaviour and ultimately policy outcomes. Finally, we will learn why different institutions emerge and what leads rules to change.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:



  • To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of institutions.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to understand:



  1. The logic of collective action;

  2. The different political systems and institutions in different countries;

  3. The consequences of institutions;

  4. The emergence and change of institutions.


Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be taught over 2 hours per week

Bibliography

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Online Test    40% 
Coursework   Research Essay  05/04/2024  60% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Roi Zur, email: roi.zur@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Roi Zur
Module Supervisor: Roi Zur, roi.zur@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Dr Katharine Dommett
The University of Sheffield
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 12 hours, 12 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Government

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