Comparative European Government

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

College of Social Sciences


Code 20894

Level of study Second Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Pre-requisite modules Where students take this course as a 10 credit unit they will be expected to undertake self directed study of the material not covered from the readin

Module description

This module will examine political parties, and party systems, governmental institutions, and cleavage structures in Western European democracies. The primary focus will be on the four large states, i.e. Britain, France, Germany and Italy, but a significant part of the module will also concentrate on the experience of small(er) states such as Spain, Austria, the Netherlands or the Scandinavian countries.

Teaching and learning methods

These courses are taught by a combination of lectures, classes and directed reading.

This module is available as:
Autumn term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Spring term only 10 credit unit – 3,000 word assessed essay
Whole Year 20 credit unit – 2 x 3,000 word summative essays (50%) each.