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PO233 - Core Issues in Comparative Politics

  • Module code: PO233
  • Module name: Core Issues in Comparative Politics
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 15, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

In short, the aims of the module are: to introduce students to the methodological and theoretical foundations of comparative approaches to political science; to deepen their knowledge in a number of relevant areas of comparative political research; to analyze and compare some of the current political developments in different countries around the world; to think like comparativists, and –eventually- to get students to DO research in comparative politics; to combine theory and practice, and integrating big themes and country case studies.

Principal learning outcomes

Understand the core concepts, theories and methodologies in comparative politics; Read and comment classic books and journal articles in the field; Describe national political systems and their essential elements; Make critical evaluations of differences between national political systems; Critically apply the theoretical literature to practical examples; Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources; Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems; Evaluate research material in a critical way; Written and oral presentation of information, of results of quantitative and qualitative studies, in an appropriate way; Make a short film related to ‘democracy’, which is a core concept in the discipline of comparative politics; Develop and present own research projects within the discipline of comparative politics.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module is taught through a combination of a weekly one-hour lecture and a compulsory one-hour seminar in terms 1 and 2.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/studyundergrad/ugmodules/po233

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PO233-15)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: PO233-30)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 50%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 50%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Politics (M100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods (M162) - Year 2
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies (LM1D) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Economics 4 Year Variants (LM1H) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics with International Studies (M160) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and German (M164) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies (M166) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics and International Studies (M16A) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics and Sociology (ML13) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French with International Studies (R1MA) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7ML) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MP) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (V7MR) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate History and Politics (VM11) - Year 2