Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1020: Politics in Europe

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Comparative government and governance in Europe: theoretical and methodological foundations.
Varieties of political systems in Europe: governments and parliaments
Representative democracies: political parties and elections
The role of the media
Participation and interest groups
The UK
Southern Europe
The Scandinavian model meets Europe
The challenge of enlargement
How European integration affects governance in the member states (main hypotheses and mechanisms of Europeanization).

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 1010 x 1 hour tutorials
Guided Independent study66Coursework and independent study includes reading, note taking, and sketching answers to essay and seminar questions, presentation preparation and essay writing. This study is continuous throughout the course and should take at least six hours a week.
Guided Independent study57.5Further independent study.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).