Introduction to Democratic Politics - POL00002C

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Jim Buller
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

  • To develop in students an understanding of key concepts in politics, especially democracy, power and the state;
  • To develop in students an understanding of the basic features and operations of different democratic political systems (e.g. the UK, the EU, Germany and the USA);
  • To develop in students an ability to relate the concepts above to the democratic systems in a way that illuminates the meaning of statehood in different institutional contexts.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Understand key concepts in the study of democratic political systems;
  • Demonstrate comparative knowledge of different political systems and institutions;
  • Evaluate alternative explanations of particular developments and events in the countries studies in the module.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay - 1500 words
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Introduction to Democratic Politics
2 hours 60

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay - 1500 words
N/A 40
University - closed examination
Introduction to Democratic Politics
2 hours 60

Module feedback

Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor?s feedback and guidance hours.

Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessment no later than 20 working days after submission; and the module tutor will hold a specific session to discuss feedback, which students can also opt to attend. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor?s regular feedback and guidance hours.

Indicative reading

D. Held (2006) Models of Democracy (3rd ed.) (Stanford University Press).

On Britain: M. Garnett & P. Lynch (2009) Exploring British Politics (2nd ed.) (Pearson).

On the US: James Q. Wilson, John J. Diluilo Jr and Meena Bose (2011)American Government: The Essentials: Institutions and Policies (12th ed.) (Cengage Learning).



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