• Class Number 9733
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Patrick Dumont
    • Prof Patrick Dumont
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

The European Union is the most advanced form of supranational governance on the planet, yet it is widely tolerated rather than loved.  Students completing this course will have an understanding of why it is so, drawing on an analysis of the politics of Europe in a comparative perspective. Its first part will be dedicated to the study of political systems in Europe, with an emphasis on the comparative analysis of their core institutions, their political actors and voters. The second part will show how European integration affects the domestic policies, politics, and polities of EU member states of the EU (‘Europeanization’). 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. understand the politics of Europe with reference to European integration and Europeanization processes;
  2. compare European national political systems;
  3. place EU political institutions in comparative perspective by making reference to the political systems of its member states;
  4. apply the various comparative analytical frameworks of political science to European institutions and policy making;
  5. critically analyse the role of the EU and the challenges that the modern EU faces; and
  6. develop research and writing skills.

Additional Course Costs


Required Resources

Resources for this unit will be provided either on the Wattle site or through the ANU Library system. We will be relying on web resources and electronic journals. Some further materials will be provided in class.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • students are welcome to discuss their data collection and essay papers by appointment with the convener.
  • students will receive written feedback for their data collection and essay papers through Wattle.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements

Students have to use in-text citations. 

The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction
2 Comparative European politics: from state formation
3 Constitutions, federalism and decentralization
4 Parliamentarism and (semi-)presidentialism
5 Cleavage structures, parties and party systems I
6 Cleavage structures, parties and party systems II
7 Parliaments in Europe Data collection and analysis report due
8 Multiparty government
9 Interest groups, civil society and social movements
10 Multilevel governance
11 The Europeanisation of member states’ politics
12 Current challenges of European politics Research essaye due

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Seminar Preparation and Participation 10 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Presentation 10 % 01/01/9999 01/01/9999 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Data collection and analysis report 30 % 23/09/2019 01/01/9999 1, 2, 3, 6
Research Essay 50 % 25/10/2019 01/01/9999 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Preparation for lecture and tutorials and participation in tutorial discussions are assessed. Students are expected to be able to comment on the week’s readings as well as the lecture. Additionally, tutorials will provide students with helpful information regarding the course assessments.


There will be no examination for this course.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Seminar Preparation and Participation

Preparation (mainly readings) is expected from the students both in class and tutorials and active participation in discussions during tutorials will be subject to assessment.

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 01/01/9999
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Each student will lead a 10-minute presentation of the required readings.

Value: 10%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 23/09/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 6

Data collection and analysis report

Students will collect primary data or recode existing data and analyse a research question using appropriate method (this can apply quantitative as well as qualitative techniques).

Word limit: 1,000

Value: 30%

Assessment Task 4

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 25/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 01/01/9999
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Research Essay

Students will write a research paper on a topic of their choice among suggested research questions related to the material covered in the course. 

Word limit: 3,000

Value: 50%

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Students will be able to access their assignments with grades and feedback on the Wattle


Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Students may be given permission to resubmit assignments in particular circumstances, for

example inadvertent plagiarism.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Prof Patrick Dumont

Research Interests

Executive-legislative relations, electoral systems, elections, parties and party systems, coalition theory, political elites.

Prof Patrick Dumont

Prof Patrick Dumont

Research Interests

Prof Patrick Dumont

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