Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1029: Introduction to Comparative Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 4
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Lise Herman (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Politics is the organization of human communities. This module introduces you to the key concepts that political scientists employ to describe political life – collective actors such as political parties and institutions such as parliaments. Central to our understanding of modern politics is the state – both as an actor when engaging other social groups and as an institution that provides the legal rules for almost all our interactions.

Although you will spend time thinking about concepts and theories, empirical case studies will inform all the questions you ask.

Teaching and learning for this module will take place in an interactive environment where you will be expected to engage fully with your peers and tutor as well as working independently. Lectures will give you a grounding in the key issues and debates pertaining to the topic under consideration. Independent study and seminars will help you  to formulate, debate, and refine your own analyses of these topics.

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