Comparative European Politics

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Comparative European Politics

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    European Studies, International Politics, 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

    The primary purpose of this course is to equip students with a good knowledge of the politics of individual countries in modern Europe. This will involve learning the key features of the political systems in European countries. From this we can then identify any empirical patterns that exist across these systems. With this knowledge we will begin to look at likely explanations for the existence of these patterns. A secondary aim of this course is to enable students to predict the likely effect of different changes to a political system.

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Identify similarities and differences between the contemporary politics of European countries
    2. Have a critical understanding of the main debates in comparative European politics
    3. Be able to compare different systems and use comparison as a method to draw conclusions about the operation of European political systems

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.

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