2nd and 3rd year undergraduate courses by StDbHK

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									                    Department of Politics Course Directory

                  Courses available for registration 2004-2005

                   Semester 3 =   Autumn Term,           2nd year course
                   Semester 4 =   Spring Term,           2nd year course
                   Semester 5 =   Autumn Term,           3rd year course
                   Semester 6 =   Spring Term,           3rd year course


2nd Year Courses

Course: POL/206
Title: Modern Political Thought I and II
Value: 2.0 cu.
Semester: 3&4
Contact: Dr Caroline Williams/ Dr Moya Lloyd
Prerequisite: POL/100
Timetable: E Lec 43
Overlap: None
Description: The course offers an introduction to Modern Political Thought by
critically examining the texts and ideas of major political thinkers of the
seventeenth to twentieth century. The first semester this year will consider
Machiavelli and the social contract theorists: Hobbes, Locke & Rousseau. This
will enable students to assess the foundations of liberalism and the modern state
critically. The department is currently considering a proposal to introduce an
element of choice in the second semester whereby students will take one of two
choices. This information will be circulated early in the Autumn term. Associate
student registration: Autumn Semester POL/206A; Spring Semester POL/206B.
This course is compulsory for single honours Politics students and History/Politics
joint honours students.

Course: POL/207
Title: Latin American Politics
Value: 2.0 cu
Semester: 3&4
Contact: Dr Laurence Allen
Prerequisite: POL/100 or POL/101
Timetable: C Lec 22
Overlap: None
This course provides an introduction to the political history and analysis of
modern Latin America. Countries covered include Mexico, Cuba, Bolivia,
Nicaragua, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Venezuela. The second part of the
course considers the main political themes of the contemporary period, including
military dictatorship, marginality, guerrilla warfare, US policy and the transition
to democratic government.


Course: POL/210
Title: Nations, States and Nationalisms
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Value: 2.0 cu.
Semester: 3&4
Contact: Dr Brendan O'Duffy
Prerequisite: POL/100 or POL/101
Timetable: A Lec 13
Overlap: None
Description: The course is divided into two parts. In Part I (Autumn Semester)
we will examine and evaluate theoretical explanations of nations and nationalism,
focusing on explanations of the basis of national identity, historical processes of
nation-building, and the political impact of nationalism on states and the inter-
state system. In Part II (Spring Semester), we will examine the strategies used by
modern states to resolve or regulate ethno-national conflict, focusing on three
case-studies: Israel/Palestine, South Africa, and Northern Ireland. By the end of
the course students should be able to use their understanding of the theory and
practice of nationalism to make prescriptive recommendations for different
regulation strategies in different conflict situations, utilising both normative and
empirical arguments.


Course: POL/215
Title: British Political System
Value: 2.0 cu.
Semester: 3&4
Contact: Dr Judith Bara/ Dr Catherine Needham
Prerequisite: POL/100
Timetable: A Lec 12
Overlap: None
Description: This course will provide students with an advanced knowledge of
the British Political system. It is divided into two principal parts: the study of the
institutions of British politics, and the study of political culture, behaviour and
participation within those institutions. Topics covered include: the constitution,
Parliament, Prime Minister and the Cabinet system, civil service devolution, local
government, the electoral and party system, political parties, representation, and
electoral behaviour.

Course: POL/219
Title: West European Politics
Value: 2.0 cu
Semester: 3 & 4
Contact: Dr Françoise Boucek
Prerequisite: POL/100
Timetable: C/J Lec 32
Overlap: None
Description: This course is an introduction to the systems of government and
policy in Western Europe. From a comparative and neo-institutional approach, it
focuses firstly on the institutional framework of executives, parliaments, and the
courts and on patterns of sub-national and supra-national government. Secondly,
students will examine election rules, party systems and political parties to assess
how institutional arrangements in different countries affect electoral and party
dynamics differently and produce different types of political behaviour and
processes from voters and parties. This examination enables us, for instance, to
contrast the continental style of consensus democracies to the Westminster style
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of democracy. Thirdly, the focus shifts to policy-making with the aim of helping
students analyse how different institutional contexts produce different policy
approaches and different policy styles (the focus will be on policies related to the
management of the economy and welfare provision in different states). Finally,
several issues and broad themes are explored to assess the extent to which West
European politics have been transformed over the last couple of decades. These
themes include the emergence of new social movements and of protest politics,
immigration, regional politics, ‘Europeanisation, and globalisation. Empirically,
the course focuses on the democracies of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Low
Countries (Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg), Scandinavia (notably
Sweden) and, for the purpose of comparison, the United Kingdom.

 Course: POL/220
 Title: East European Politics
 Value: 2.0 cu.
 Semester: 3&4
 Contact: Dr Adam Fagan
 Prerequisite: POL/100 or POL/101
Timetable: G Lec 52
Overlap: None
 Description: The first part of this two semester course will analyse the nature of
communist rule in Eastern Europe from 1945 until its collapse in 1989.The course
will analyse the rationale of the political and economic model, consider and
evaluate the various attempts at reform, and compare dissident movements
.Particular emphasis will be placed on the internal and external factors that
culminated in the revolutions of the late 1980s. The second part of the course will
consider the events of 1989 and the reform agenda of the 1990s. In addition to
looking at constitutional development, the course will also consider the
interaction between economic reform and political transition, environmental
politics, and the development of civil society. The aim of the course is to broaden
students' conceptions of political and economic systems and to consider issues of
legitimacy and stability.


Course: POL/231
Title: The Comparative Politics of the Middle East
Value: 2.0cu
Semester: 3 & 4
Contact: Dr Toby Dodge
Prerequisite: POL100 and POL 101/POL103
Timetable: C Lec 23
Overlap: None
Description: This course is designed to provide an introduction to the politics of
the contemporary Middle East from the end of the First World War until the
present day. The course is structured to build upon the knowledge of political
science that students have accumulated during the first year of their degree and are
continuing to develop in their second year. Each weekly topic will be approached
from both a theoretical and empirical angle, with the required readings reflected
this. The aim is to develop both their knowledge of comparative political science
and their understanding of politics in the Middle East. Students will be expected
to deploy the tools of comparative political science to understand the specific
politics of the various countries of the Middle East we will be studying.
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3rd Year Courses


Course: POL/310
Title: The Politics Research Project
Value: 2.0 cu.
Semester: 5&6
Contact: Dr Judith Bara
Prerequisite: POL/100
Timetable: E Lec 42-43
Overlap: None
Description: The project is now a compulsory course for all single honours
Politics students. It is designed to give students the opportunity of studying an
agreed topic under supervision on an individual basis and to a greater depth than
is possible within existing courses. Students must fill in the pre-registration form
and should undertake a programme of preparatory work during the long vacation.
A programme of research workshops will be provided in the first semester and
each student will have an opportunity to present their research to a small group in
the second semester. Assessment is on the basis of two coursework assignments
and a dissertation of 12,000 words.


Course: POL/302
Title: Political Theory and Gender
Value: 1.0cu
Semester: 6
Contact: Dr Moya Lloyd
Prerequisite: POL100/POL206
Timetable: C Lec 24
Overlap: None
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to feminist political
theory and its impact on contemporary thinking. We will begin by examining
what is meant by feminist political theory before moving onto consider feminist
work in four key areas: democracy; justice; rights and equality. Key problems for
consideration will include the relationship between equality and difference; the
nature and role of democratic citizenship when gender is taken into account;
questions of universal rights versus group-specific rights (in this case, women’s
rights); debates around justice and the ethics of care; issues to do with numerical
versus substantive representation; and the problems and limitations of identity.


Course: POL/322
Title: Case Studies in Ethnic Conflict: Ireland and Northern Ireland
Value: 1.0 cu
Semester: 6
Contact: Dr Brendan O'Duffy
Prerequisite: POL/100 or POL/101
Timetable: E Lec 44
Overlap: None
Description: This course analyses the ways in which British and Irish
administrations have attempted to resolve or regulate the conflict in Ireland and
Northern Ireland since 1800. After outlining the historical, religious and political
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foundations of the conflict, the bulk of the course will focus on the period
following partition (1921). Students will be expected to gain an understanding of
theories of conflict regulations, nationalism and political violence, as they have
been applied to the study of the Irish/Northern Irish conflict.


Course: POL/325
Title: Electoral Behaviour
Value: 1.0 cu
Semester: 5
Contact: Dr Judith Bara
Prerequisite: POL/215
Timetable: F Lec 47
Overlap: None
Description: The aim of this course is to examine and evaluate the major issues
and controversies in the study of elections and voting behaviour in Britain, and to
provide a basis for comparative analysis. It will examine some important
questions about elections, such as investigation into the nature and purpose of
elections, why they merit study and why elections often produce differing turnout.
There will also be a consideration of alternative approaches to voting behaviour,
which will focus on partisan dealignment; rational choice; issue voting and
economic voting. This will lead into a discussion of the role of the media, the
changing nature of party campaigns; institutional effects, leadership effects and a
discussion of the importance of local effects.


Course: POL/308
Title: Ideology and Political Critique
Value: 1.0 cu
Semester: 5
Contact: Dr Caroline Williams
Prerequisite: POL/206
Timetable: E/J Lec 33-34
Overlap: None
Description: What is ideology? Is it a set of beliefs and ideas that we voluntarily
hold about the world, or is it a structure that shapes our mode of thought? Do we
live in a post-ideological world as some contemporary liberals have proclaimed,
or is political reality inescapably ideological? This course will examine a number
of political thinkers who, in the wake of Marx, have explored the question of
ideology and its profound effect upon our lives. For these thinkers, it is an
understanding of the power of ideology which can explain, to a large extent, the
legitimation of modern capitalism. Georg Lukács, Antonio Gramsci and Louis
Althusser all contend that an analysis of ideology affords insights into the
dynamics which shape consciousness and the structure of power-relations in
modern societies. However some claim that its analytical value is long dead and
buried. The course will conclude by exploring the challenge posed to the `end of
ideology' thesis by the work of Michel Foucault.


Course: POL/328
Title: The History and Politics of Immigration in Britain
Value:   1.0 cu
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Semester: 6
Contact: Dr Anne J Kershen
Prerequisite: POL/100
Timetable: C/F Lec 46-47
Description: This course will take a thematic and chronological direction
exploring and analysing the social and political implications of immigration into
Britain over the past three hundred years, with particular emphasis on London.
Amongst themes covered will be, theories of immigration, patterns of
assimilation, acculturation and anglicization      Political responses - policy
formulation and implementation - attention will be paid to the most recent
government pronouncements on refugees and asylum seekers. The course will
close with a brief comparative examination of the impact and development of
immigration in a major overseas region..


Course: POL/330
Title: European Integration and the European Union as a political system
Value: 2.0 cu
Semesters: 5&6
Contact: Dr Françoise Boucek
Prerequisite: POL 100/POL 101/POL 103
Timetable: A Lec 11
Overlap: None
Description: European integration is the most far-reaching development of
voluntary supranational governance in world history. The objective of this course
is to explore first, the origins, development, and institutions of the EU. Second,
major policies and policy-making processes will be examined (such as agriculture,
regional development, environment, social and employment, asylum, foreign
policy, and monetary policy). Thirdly, we will discuss and debate current
Community dilemmas and matters of controversy in the European Union (such as
the adoption of the Euro, of a constitution for Europe, and the consequences of
Community enlargement). Students will be introduced to existing and evolving
theoretical approaches for explaining the process of European integration. They
will examine the complex operation of the EU as a political system and they will
analyse the political and economic logic behind different national perspectives on
European integration.


Course POL/331
Title: Select Topics in British Government
Value 2.0 cu
Semester: 5&6
Contact: Dr Judith Bara/Ms Catherine Needham
Prerequisite: POL/215
Timetable: Tuesdays, 10 am
Description: This course will give students an in-depth understanding of a
number of key topics in British government and politics. The topics chosen will
change from year to year. This year, the chosen topics will be: (1) Delivering
Public Services: how and why does government deliver and regulate services? (2)
Devolution: the experience of Scotland, Wales, New Zealand and London? (3)
Race and Gender Equality: are some people more equal than others?

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Course POL/337
Title: The Politics of Economic Ideas: Key Texts in Modern Political
Economy
Value 1.0 cu
Semester: 5
Contact: Dr Mark Pennington
Prerequisite: POL 100
Timetable: G Lec 53
Overlap: None
Description: This course aims to introduce students to the relationship between
economic ideas and political/policy argument. Students will study key texts in
political economy, including Keynes and Hayek, and will consider the impact of
economic ideas on contemporary policy-making and politics in (primarily) the UK
and USA. The course will focus on the continuing search for the “middle
way”/”third way” and will also discuss recent contributions from public choice
theorists.

Course: POL/338
Title: Transitions to Democracy: Comparative Perspectives
Value: 2.0 cu
Semester: 5&6
Contact: Dr Madeleine Davis/Dr Adam Fagan
Prerequisite: POL 100/POL 101/POL 103
Timetable: A Lec 12
Overlap: None
Description: The course introduces the student to the comparative study of
processes of regime transition and democratic development. The main objective
is to examine the theoretical and practical issues of these processes in the light of
the recent global wave of democratisation. Case studies are drawn from
experiences of transition in Southern Europe, Latin America and Eastern Europe,
but are placed in the context of a broader analytical framework regarding the
problems and prospects of the development of liberal democracy.

Course: POL/344
Title: The Politics of the New Left: Ideas, Practice and Legacy
Value: 1.0 cu.
Semester: 5
Contact: Dr Madeleine Davis
Prerequisite: POL/100 or POL/101
Timetable: G Lec 54
Overlap: None
Description: A one semester course exploring the history, politics and thought of
the New Left in Britain and elsewhere. Topics will include; origins of the New
Left, the "revolutionary moment" of 1968 and its legacy, the rise of new social
movements and their impact. We will look at the relationship of the New Left to
Marxism and to political practice, and at the creation of a radicalised intellectual
culture. The aim is to broaden students' conception of politics by developing an
understanding of New Left currents as alternative forms of political organisation
outside traditional Parliamentary/party structures.


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Course: POL/345
Title: Theory and Practice in Environmental Politics
Value: 1.0 cu
Semester: 6
Contact: Dr Mark Pennington
Prerequisite: POL/100 or POL/101
Timetable: E/J Lec 33
Overlap: None
Description: This course provides an introduction to the core concepts of
environmental politics. Its purpose is to explore the ideologies and attitudes,
which influence contemporary environmental debate and the people, movements
and organisations that form and implement the policies which result. The course
examines different conceptions of the relationship between human beings and the
natural world and relates these to the major philosophical traditions within modern
political thought. These concepts are then deployed to explore the formulation
and implementation of environmental policy and the role of individuals, interest
groups and government agencies within the policy process.


Course: POL/346
Title: State, society and democracy in the contemporary Middle East
Value: 1.0 cu
Semester: 6
Contact: Dr Toby Dodge
Prerequisite: POL/100 or POL/101
Timetable: C/J Lec 32
Overlap: None
Description: The course will examine the lack of democracy in the Middle East
from the perspective of state-society relations. To do this it will examine the
evolution of the state in the developing world and how that differs from the
‘classic’ model of the state in social science based on the historic experience of
Western Europe. It will then go on to examine how the state in the Middle East
conforms to and differs from the ‘post-colonial state’ model. The point of this is
to examine how states in the Middle East have managed to build up and defend
such a large degree of autonomy from their societies. Against this background the
course will compare theories explaining transitions to and the consolidation of
democracy elsewhere in the world with the realities of the contemporary Middle
East. Overall the course, by using the example of the Middle East, will both
challenge and deepen the students understanding of the strengths and weaknesses
of ‘democratisation theory’ while allowing them to develop a better understanding
of comparative politics.




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