Institutions of Democracy
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
02 February 2023
Requisites for this module
BA L212 Global Politics,
BA L213 Global Politics (including Placement Year),
BA L214 Global Politics (including Year Abroad)
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.
The aims of this module are:
- To provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of institutions.
By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to understand:
- The logic of collective action;
- The different political systems and institutions in different countries;
- The consequences of institutions;
- The emergence and change of institutions.
No additional information available.
This module will be taught over 2 hours per week
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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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.
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Roi Zur, email: email@example.com.
Dr Roi Zur
Module Supervisor: Roi Zur, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Katharine Dommett
The University of Sheffield
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Of 60 hours, 60 (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).
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