This unit has two central goals. First, it aims to provide students with an introduction to comparative politics. Second, it seeks to provide students with advanced knowledge of politics in contrasting parts of the world. The unit consists of three modules: Module one introduces students to some of the central debates and methods in comparative politics. This includes a consideration of how and why to compare and what can be achieved by comparing. Module two focuses on key institutions and actors, such as systems of government, political parties and electoral systems. Module three examines key issues in comparative politics, including populism, democratisation, and legitimacy and authority in different regimes. The unit aims to provide a global overview of comparative politics, focusing on examples and case studies from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, South America and Europe.
|Unit name||Parties, Leaders, Elections and Campaigns|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||Politics and International Relations|
|Coordinator||Professor James Chin|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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- Explain and apply key concepts and theories of comparative politics.
- Compare, contrast and evaluate concepts of different polities.
- Compare, contrast and evaluate theories and case studies of different polities
- Communicate your ideas coherently in written and/or oral formats applying referencing and style conventions as appropriate.
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Prerequisites25 credit points at Introductory level or higher
|Assessment||Minor essay (30%)|Take home exam (30%)|Major essay (40%)|
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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