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Core unit for Politics and Policy Major


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 we can achieve by comparing. Module two focuses on key institutions and actors, such as political parties, one-party and electoral systems, and political leaders in the Chinese world and places them within a comparative context. Module three examines key phenomenon impacting democratic politics in the European context. This includes populism, de-alignment and re-alignment.

Summary 2020

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



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Learning Outcomes




HIR101 or HPP101

Mutual Exclusions

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

HPP204, HSA222, HSA322


Teaching Pattern

On Campus: 1.5 hour weekly lecture delivered, 1 weekly tutorial;

Off campus: Recorded lecture weekly available on MyMedia site, 1 online tutorial discussion fortnightly


Minor essay 1000 words (20%), tutorial participation (10%), Major essay – 2500 words (40%), Take-home exam (30%).

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