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Comparative Government


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How is political authority organised and exercised throughout the world? What difference does it make to live in different kinds of political systems? And how can methods of comparison help you make sense of politics and government in different states?

Join us as we explore these questions and others on our Comparative Government short course. We will also examine and compare various political systems with a strong focus on understanding these systems from a social and historical perspective.

Assessment is via two 2000-word essays (45% each) and seminar attendance (10%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.