Module Details

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Title EUROPEAN POLITICS II
Code POLI108
Coordinator Dr R Gomez Martinez
Politics
Raul.Gomez@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 4 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To introduce students to the distinctive characteristics of political institutions in selected European states; To introduce the main features of political development in a range of European countries; To provide a basis for comparison between different European political systems.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Knowledge of key features of contemporary European political systems in a range of countries.

(LO2) Analytical understanding of processes of democratisation in southern and eastern Europe.

(LO3) Ability to compare and contrast forms of executive leadership, party systems, state institutions and the political evolution of European political systems since the latter half of the nineteenth century.

(S1) Information skills - Evaluation

(S2) Research skills - All Information skills

(S3) Information skills - Critical reading

(S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include:         France and Germany in comparative perspective; France: L'Hexagone reconsidered; Germany: The German model resurgent?; France and Germany today: common challenges, common solutions?; Italy: a flawed democracy?; Populism in Italy: from Berlusconi to Renzi; Southern Europe: distinctive paths to democracy; Spain: the most decentralized polity in Europe; Eastern and central Europe: from communism to democracy; Europeanisation of eastern and central Europe.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Lectures are used to provide a framework for learning by conveying some of the basic concepts and knowledge needed to understand the material contained in the module. They provide a foundation for discussion in classes and for private study.
Attendance Recorded: No

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: Seminars take the form of group discussions on the topics covered in the module. Their purpose is to reinforce and develop the knowledge and concepts conveyed in lectures and to focus in depth on some key debates in the required reading. Group work is used as a basis for general discussion is used.
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 10

6

        16
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 134
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Exam There is a resit opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 2  2 hours    75       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
In class test This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 2  40 minutes class tes    25       

Recommended Texts

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