Political Institutions & Civil Society in Europe

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Political Institutions & Civil Society in Europe

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    European politics is complex and many-layered. This course gives a general overview of the development of political forces in 20th and 21st century Europe, introducing students to some key themes in European civil society such as the ways in which different social groups have mobilized politically; broader issues such as public opinion, popular memory and the power of symbols; the formal structures of European politics and how they have been shaped by and shape this civil society. It introduces students to some overarching themes shared by political parties, electoral systems, parliaments and governments across the European continent as well as some major contrasts between them. Finally, the course also introduces some of the key international political institutions in Europe.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.