GV952-7-FY-CO:
Comparative European Politics

The details
2019/20
Government
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
13 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

MA L24012 Global and Comparative Politics,
MA L240EK Global and Comparative Politics,
MSC L24012 Global and Comparative Politics,
MSC L240EK Global and Comparative Politics

Module description

The first part of the module will be devoted to studying the roots of party systems, party competition, electoral systems, the rise of populist and extremist parties, corruption, and linkages between citizens and politicians in West and East European countries. In the second part, we will study the institutional foundations of welfare-capitalism and examine how coordinated and liberal capitalism types responded to challenges such as globalisation and deindustrialization. A large part of the module is devoted to studying the power-sharing arrangements in the European Union. In this context, we will analyse what the euro crisis, influx of refugees, and disintegration dynamics implies for the future of the EU. The module also provides an accessible introduction to research design and methods that political scientists have used to address these topics.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to provide a better understanding of democratic political and economic processes in Europe.

Objectives:
By the end of the course students will have a sound knowledge of contemporary European politics. Specifically, students will become familiar with the political and economic institutions as well as with party politics and economic policymaking in Europe. The module familiarizes students with the advantages and limitations of comparative research. Students are encouraged to critically assess the validity of conflicting theoretical claims and arguments on the basis of appropriate empirical evidence.
Key skills:

Study on this module entails:
• Thinking, discussing, and writing clearly and logically.
• Linking together, and understanding the linkages between, empirical facts and abstract concepts.
• Retrieving, synthesising, and critically evaluating information from diverse sources, using the Library and the Internet.

Module learning outcomes

Objectives:
By the end of the course students will have a sound knowledge of contemporary European politics. Specifically, students will become familiar with the political and economic institutions as well as with party politics and economic policymaking in Europe. The module familiarizes students with the advantages and limitations of comparative research. Students are encouraged to critically assess the validity of conflicting theoretical claims and arguments on the basis of appropriate empirical evidence.

Module information

The aim of this module is to provide a better understanding of democratic political and economic processes in Europe.

Objectives:
By the end of the course students will have a sound knowledge of contemporary European politics. Specifically, students will become familiar with the political and economic institutions as well as with party politics and economic policymaking in Europe. The module familiarizes students with the advantages and limitations of comparative research. Students are encouraged to critically assess the validity of conflicting theoretical claims and arguments on the basis of appropriate empirical evidence.
Key skills:

Study on this module entails:
• Thinking, discussing, and writing clearly and logically.
• Linking together, and understanding the linkages between, empirical facts and abstract concepts.
• Retrieving, synthesising, and critically evaluating information from diverse sources, using the Library and the Internet.

Learning and teaching methods

Teaching on the module will be in the form of weekly seminars (two hours). We will cover the following topics: Week 2: Methods and Concepts of Comparative Research Week 3: Social Cleavages and Party Systems Week 4: Dynamics of Party Competition Week 5: Populist Parties and Linkages between Voters and Citizens Week 6: Economic Crises and the Rise of Radical Right Parties Week 7: Electoral Systems Week 8: Unitary States, Federal States, Devolution, and Bicameralism Week 9: Democracy and Social Capital Week 10: Democratic Backsliding Week 11: Executive-Legislative Relations Christmas vacation Week 16: Direct Democracy and Referendums Week 17: Interest Groups Week 18: Varieties of Capitalism and Skill Regimes Week 19: The Welfare State and Welfare State Retrenchment Week 20: Theorizing the European Union Week 21: The Eurozone and Influx of Refugees Week 22: Disintegration Dynamics in the EU Week 23: The EU and Foreign Policy Week 24: Patronage and Corruption Week 25: Central Banks The seminar structure allows a flexible approach towards the topics provided by the module outline. The seminar will often start with a brief introductory lecture by the supervisor, leading to other seminar methods where the students are more actively involved (student presentations, group discussion, recap quiz).

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Essay 1 13/12/2019 45%
Coursework Essay 2 20/03/2020 45%
Practical In Class Presentation 10%
Exam 180 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Alexandra Hennessy
Module Supervisor: Dr Alexandra Hennessy alexandra.hennessy@essex.ac.uk or Module Administrator Jamie Seakens (govpgquery@essex.ac.uk)

 

Availability
Yes
No
No

External examiner

Dr Nicholas Walter Vivyan
University of Durham
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 40 (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).

 

Further information
Government

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