Comparative European Politics

School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies

Second year module

Lecturers: Dr Isabelle Hertner and Dr Tim Haughton

This module will compare political systems across Europe, with a focus on political parties, party systems and cleavage structures, electoral systems and voting behaviour, governmental institutions, political culture, pressure groups, public policy, and emerging issues, such as populism and anti-party sentiment.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of politics across Europe.
  • Analyse the differences between political institutions, parties and party systems across Europe.
  • Display a familiarity with and some of the most widely used theoretical perspectives in the field of comparative politics and an ability to relate them to the practice of political phenomena in contemporary Europe.


  • Term One: 1 essay x 2,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: 2 hour examination (50%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.