Not available in 2021/22
GV450 Half Unit
European Politics: Comparative Analysis
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Dr Vesselin Dimitrov
Prof Michael Bruter, Dr Eiko Thielemann, Dr Florian Foos
This course is available on the MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in European and International Public Policy, MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Bocconi) and MSc in European and International Public Policy (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
The deadline for applications is 17:00 on Tuesday 29 September 2020. You will be informed of the outcome by 17:00 on Wednesday 30 September 2020.
The course is intended to provide students with a systematic introduction to central conceptual and theoretical debates in the comparative analysis of politics and government in Europe. The core syllabus focuses on both traditional fields of comparative enquiry, such as the study of party competition and voting behaviour, and emerging fields of interest, such as national and European identities, and immigration. The course takes a thematic approach and places particular emphasis on the diverse experiences of liberal democracy in individual European countries.
The main themes addressed include: Transformation of European politics; electoral behaviour and party systems; government formation and coalitions; regionalism and federalism; national and European identities; immigration.
15 hours of lectures and 18 hours of seminars in the MT.
There will be a reading week in Week 6 of the MT for private study and assessment preparation.
All students are expected to submit one formative essay and make one seminar presentation.
Readings include: T Bale, European Politics: A Comparative Introduction, 4th ed; M Gallagher et al, Representative Government in Modern Europe, 5th ed; P Heywood et al (Eds), Developments in European Politics; M Bruter, Citizens of Europe; S Hix and B Hoyland, The Political System of the European Union, 3rd edition; J Hayward & A Menon (Eds), Governing Europe; A Lijphart, Patterns of Democracy, 2nd ed; Y Deloye & M Bruter (Eds) Encyclopaedia of European Elections; K Shepsle & P Bonchek, Analysing Politics; G Cox, Making Votes Count; G Tsebelis, Veto Players.
Essay (100%, 3000 words).
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: Unavailable
Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable
Controlled access 2020/21: No
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Specialist skills