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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP5073277, A.A. 2018/19

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1866, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination COMPARATIVE EUROPEAN POLITICS
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge SELENA GRIMALDI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of political science.
Target skills and knowledge: Knowledge and anlytical skills with reference to the understanding of European political systems witn a comparative perspective.
Examination methods: There are only written exams. Students have two options:
- Take a general exam and present in class in a scheduled session;
- Take a general exam and submit an essay on the day of the exam.

The grade breakdown is as follows:

Group or individual assignment (written or oral): 30%
Final written exam: 70%

The written assignment (paper) will have to be 3,000 words long.
Assessment criteria: Conceptual clarity and analytical capacity.
Course unit contents: The course provides the main analytical tools needed to understand the nature of comparative politics and political behaviour. It combines an analysis of the political systems of the EU nation states with the effects of Europeanization on domestic institutions and policies. By examining both sides of this crucial relationship, students should better understand the complexity of the relations between the European Union and its member States. The course is analytically divided into two parts: by using a comparative perspective to look at a number of European countries, the first part explores the most important political science concepts such as governments, parliaments, parties, organized interests and social movements. Further, the European dimension is also taken into account by exploring in particular the European integration process, the European institutional framework and the effects of Europeanization on political actors and institutions. The second part of the course explores the most important key policies in the member States and in the EU. Specifically, trade policy will be analysed as an example of successful European policy, whereas foreign and security policies are supposed to stress the weaknesses of the EU. Moreover, group activities will be included in the course in order to monitor and discuss the campaign and the results of the European Elections that will be held on 23-26 May 2019. The group work aims at triggering debates on a specific theme and at stimulating the interaction between the lecturer and students in compliance with the need to adopt a more effective participatory approach.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lecturing, group assignment and discussions and case studies.
Additional notes about suggested reading: -A copy-pack will be also available at Centro Copie Scienze Politiche.

-Other reading material will be uploaded by the instructor on the 'moodle' platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Lequesne, Christian; Bulmer, Simon, <<The >>Member States of the European Unionedited by Simon Bulmer and Christian Lequesne. Oxford: Oxford University press, 2013.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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