What is Politics? - POL00008C

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  • Department: Politics
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Daniel Keith
  • 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 introduce students to the key theories, concepts and methods used in Political Science and International Relations;
  • To develop students? understanding of the concept of political power and the different ways in which it is conceptualised and measured in institutional, organisation and social contexts;
  • To develop students? generic research and communication skills, including gathering and interpreting data, arriving at appropriate and justified conclusions, leading and collaborating with others, and communicating in ways accessible to academic and lay audiences.

Module learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the main assumptions and strengths and weaknesses of key theories, concepts and methods used in Political Science and International Relations;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of political power and the different ways in which it is conceptualised and measured in institutional, organisation and social contexts;
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of basic research and communication skills, including selecting and justifying the use of appropriate theories and concepts, gathering and interpreting data, arriving at appropriate and justified conclusions, leading and collaborating with others, and communicating in ways accessible to academic and lay audiences.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay - 1500 words
N/A 50
Essay/coursework
Individual Critical Reflection
N/A 12.5
Essay/coursework
Peer Evaluation
N/A 12.5
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Presentation
N/A 25

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Essay - 1500 words
N/A 50
University - closed examination
What is Politics?
N/A 50

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

Martin J. Smith (2009) Power and the state (Basingstoke: Palgrave).

Andrew Heywood (2013) Politics (Basingstoke: Palgrave).

Adrian Leftwich (2004) What is Politics? (Cambridge: Polity).

Katherine Smits (2016) Applying Political Theory: Issues and Debates (2nd ed, Basingstoke: Palgrave).



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