GV264GC Half Unit
Politics and Institutions in Europe (Spring Semester)
This information is for the 2020/21 session.
Dr Vesselin Dimitrov
Prof Michael Bruter, Dr Florian Foos
This course is available to General Course ‘Spring Semester’ students.
Students must have completed Introduction to Political Science (GV101).
The course places particular emphasis on the diverse experiences of liberal democracy in different parts of Europe. The course covers not only long-established democracies in Western Europe, but also the relatively new democracies in Central and Eastern Europe. In the Lent Term, the course will study in depth a number of European countries, such as Britain, France and Germany, analysing the main developments in the country concerned in the last twenty years (elections, parties, governments), and then examining issues of particular interest related to that country.
This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 26 and a half hours across Lent Term and Summer Term. Some or all of this teaching will be delivered through a combination of online and on-campus lectures and classes. There will be a reading week in Week 6 of the LT for private study and essay and assessment preparation.
Students will be expected to produce 2 essays in the LT.
T Bale, European Politics: A Comparative Introduction (4th edn) (2017); M Gallagher et al, Representative Government in Modern Europe (5th edn) (2011); P Heywood et al (Eds), Developments in European Politics (2006); S Hix and B Hoyland, The Political System of the European Union (3rd edn) (2011); V Dimitrov, K H Goetz & H Wollmann, Governing after Communism: Institutions and Policymaking (2006); A Lijphart, Patterns of Democracy (2nd edn) (2012).
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the summer exam period.
GENERAL COURSE ‘SPRING SEMESTER’ STUDENTS ONLY:
The Class Summary Grade for General Course students will be calculated as follows: 15% general contribution to class discussions, 15% presentation(s) and, if applicable, essay outline(s), 60% grading of formative coursework (30% for each of the 2 essays), 10% attendance.
Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Total students 2019/20: Unavailable
Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable
Capped 2019/20: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Specialist skills