Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2098: Comparative Politics

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

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Cristiana Olcese ()





Available via distance learning


In Comparative Politics, our focus is the origins and effects of national political institutions. Using the comparative method, our goal is to understand the differences between forms of government and what effects they have within the polity. We will compare different types of regime, including democracies, hybrid regimes and authoritarian regimes, but also look at variation within these regime types. You will learn different theoretical schools or approaches within comparative politics, as well as a consideration of the relative merits of these approaches in answering different questions about political institutions.

No prior knowledge skills or experience are required to take this module and it is suitable for specialist and non-specialist students. The module is suitable for students studying Politics and History.

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