Courses & Units

Parties, Leaders, Elections and Campaigns HPP304



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
Unit code HPP304
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations

Dr. Zoe Jay

Teaching staff

Dr. Mark Harrison

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 12/7/2021 10/8/2021 30/8/2021 17/10/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain and apply key concepts and theories of comparative politics.
  2. Compare, contrast and evaluate concepts of different polities.
  3. Compare, contrast and evaluate theories and case studies of different polities.
  4. Communicate your ideas coherently in written and/or oral formats applying referencing and style conventions as appropriate.


Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090101 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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HIR101 or HPP101

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HPP204, HSA222, HSA322


Teaching Pattern

On Campus:
Weekly lecture (1.5 hour)
Weekly tutorial

Off campus:
Recorded weekly lecture available on MyMedia site
Fortnightly online tutorial discussion


Task 1: Presentation (10%)

Task 2: Essay (40%)

Task 3: Exam (50%)

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