Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1029: Introduction to Comparative Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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.