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PI 3055 / PI 3555

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Widfeldt

Pre-requisite(s): Available to students in Programme Year 3 and above who have achieved 75 credit points from level 1 and 2 Politics & International Relations courses.

Note(s): This course will be available in the second half-session of 2012/13 as PI 3555.

The course is designed to provide a basic introduction to the political systems of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. The treatment will be comparative, and designed to strengthen students' understanding of a relatively neglected region of the New Europe. Following a brief historical introduction, the focus of the course will be on the comparative analysis of the 'political inputs': political culture, elections, electoral systems, referenda, social cleavages and voting, parties, party system, governments, and parliaments. Drawing on the basic comparative politics literature, the course will also consider issues such as party system change, security policy and neo-corporatism in the Nordic context.

1 two-hour lecture and 1 one-hour seminar per week.

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (60%);
1 continuous assessment essay of 5,000 words (40%).

Resit: 1 three-hour examination (60%); In-course grades will be carried forward unless the student opts to resubmit course work (40%).