Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1029: Introduction to Comparative Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Aims

In this module we aim to: 

• introduce you to the key concepts in the study of comparative politics;  
• provide you with some of the analytical tools necessary to evaluate them;  
• and show you how these concepts and theories relate to empirical cases around the world.

We also aim to provide a supportive learning environment that fosters you academic and personal development.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Demonstrate understanding of core concepts in relation to political regimes;
2. Demonstrate understanding of basic theoretical approaches to analyse political transitions and gain knowledge about core debates around them;
3. Demonstrate empirical knowledge of regimes and governance in different regions;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Learn to critically analyse primary and secondary political source material;
5. Understand and apply key political theories and models;
Personal and Key Skills6. Develop critical thinking skills, particularly in relation to normative and conceptual arguments;
7. Communicate effectively in speech and writing;
8. Research & critically evaluate information;
9. work independently, within a limited time frame, to complete a specified task.