Politics in Southern Europe POLITIC4152

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines the history, institutions, and key issues facing countries in Southern Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, and Turkey. The course includes an analysis of recent periods of authoritarian rule in these countries, their transitions to democracy, the phenomena of weak party systems and strong executives, problems of regional separatism, corruption, immigration, the role of EU membership in the political development of these countries, and the causes and effects of the on-going economic crisis.

Timetable

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Assessment

■ Best of two 500 words summaries of cases (20%)

■ One 3,000-3,500 words essay (70%)

'Class Participation - 10%, based on attendance, contribution to the class discussions Adjustments and/or alternative modes of assessment will be available for students with disabilities which hinder attendance or prevent public speaking.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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Course Aims

This course examines the history, institutions, and key issues facing countries in Southern Europe, including Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, and Turkey. The course begins with an analysis of the recent periods of authoritarian rule and then analyses differences in their democratisation experiences. The course then turns to a discussion of key institutions in these countries, particularly their electoral systems and party systems, including the prevalence of populist parties in this region, and executive-legislative relations. The course also examines regionalism and separatism (where relevant) and also discusses the various solutions to these problems adopted in Southern European countries. In addition, the course analyses the causes and consequences of some of the other key problems that Southern European countries share, particularly corruption and political and economic issues that prompted the economic crisis in the Eurozone, as well as the problem of the 'black-market economy' and immigration in this particular region. Finally, the course analyses the impact of association with the European Union on this set of countries.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Map and evaluate the periods of authoritarian rule in Southern Europe;

■ Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of why some countries in Southern Europe have had more successful transitions to democracy than others;

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of party systems and executive-legislative relations in Southern Europe;

■ Map and evaluate the responses to nationalism and separatism within Southern European countries;

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and consequences of corruption in this group of countries;

■ Map and evaluate the experiences with post-World-War-Two immigration and how these differ from the experiences of Northern Europe;

■ Evaluate the impact of EU membership on countries in Southern Europe;

■ Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and consequences of the economic crisis in this region.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.