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Comparative Government


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Dr Dale Mineshima-Lowe
  • Assessment: a 500-word mini critical review task (20%), 500-word seminar log (20%) and 1500-word critical review essay (60%)

Module description

In this module we introduce you to the comparative study of political institutions and systems. We will focus on a number of states from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, including large and small, rich and poor countries, democracies, one-party systems and theocratic states, monarchies and republics, unitary and federal systems.

Indicative syllabus

  • Constitutions
  • Legislatures
  • Executives
  • The judiciary
  • Bureaucracy
  • Political parties
  • Electoral systems
  • Political movements
  • Political communication

Learning objectives

By the end of the module, you should:

  • be familiar with role of main political institutions and systems
  • have a broad understanding of the diversity of political institutions and systems
  • have knowledge of government and politics in several countries
  • be able to produce comparative analysis and critically analyse comparative case studies
  • be familiar with academic literature and debates about comparative government and politics.