Introduction To Comparative Politics

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We are a leading centre for the study of comparative politics, with interests ranging from policy-making and institutions to political movements and ideologies. A first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in political science or international relations, or in a related discipline such as economics, history, philosophy, sociology or law. The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. The safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount and major changes to delivery or services may have to be made in circumstances of a pandemic (including Covid-19), epidemic or local health emergency.

The SAGE Handbook of is an essential resource for researchers in political science, political sociology, political economy, international relations, area studies and all other fields with a comparative political dimension. Your application will be assessed purely on academic merit and potential, according to the published entry requirements for the course. The After you apply section of this website provides further information about the academic assessment of your application, including the potential outcomes. Please note that any offer of a place may be subject to academic conditions, such as achieving a specific final grade in your current degree course. These conditions may vary depending upon your individual academic circumstances.

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Certain substantive changes will be listed on theupdated graduate course and programme information page. The course offers an introduction in comparative politics—the comparative study of domestic politics across countries. We will address a wide range of policy‐relevant issues, most of them linked to democratization and democracy. We will review the leading research literature to understand the theoretical concepts and empirical literature on each topic and then apply the newly acquired knowledge in comparative case studies to particular cases. In the process, the issues raised will challenge us to think, analyse, and write with creativity and rigor. Importantly, we will study questions of democracy and democratization at different levels.

Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking. This course allows you to focus on these and other questions of interest and apply them to politics in the developed and developing worlds. Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Research or working experience that is relevant to your proposed study may provide further evidence of your academic potential. In the first year, you must complete the core classes and tutorials in comparative government and a programme of research methods training, which includes core courses in statistics and research design and specialised elective courses. Progression to the second year is conditional on satisfactory performance in the first. The MPhil will provide you with a solid foundation for a wide range of careers, including academic, professional, commercial, diplomatic and governmental positions. The MPhil in Politics is an advanced two-year graduate degree which provides training in research techniques and methodology and enables you to acquire substantive knowledge in this sub-area of the discipline.

Arguably, today more than ever, different forms of governance can be best understood by looking through different disciplinary lenses and perspectives. Anthropologists, for example, are able to deliver insights on how governance in non-Western societies is changed and challenged by responses to technological change, such as the wide-spread use of mobile phones in Africa (e.g., Brinkman et al., 2017). Research on governance is, and should be, therefore, ideally always interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary, utilizing insights from all relevant disciplines.