Political Science | West European Politics
Y335 | 9893 | Hellwig
This is an introductory course to West European politics. It has three
general objectives: 1) to introduce students to the institutions and
actors which have shaped political development in Europe since World
War II, 2) to provide context to help students better understand
current events in European politics and society, and 3) to use Europe
as a setting for applying concepts of comparative political analysis.
Topics include constitutional designs, political institutions,
political parties, elections and voting behavior, public opinion, and
European welfare state.
Particular attention will be paid to political institutions and
processes in Britain, France, and Germany. Student evaluation will be
based on three exams and a short paper assignment.