Module Details

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Title STUDYING POLITICS SUCCESSFULLY: SKILLS AND METHODS
Code POLI103
Coordinator Dr AJ Routledge
Politics
Andrew.Routledge@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To give students the skills and methods necessary to master their degree in politics and to maximise their grade potential within the Department of Politics;

To ensure students develop the skills and methods necessary to be active rather than passive learners;

To enable students to link study skills and research methods with their own academic success on the modules available in the first year and beyond;

To enable students to embed themselves into the scholarly community of a research-led institution;

To develop an appreciation of the scholarly process, including contributing towards the academic life of the Department and broader University.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Students will develop the study and research skills necessary to perform effectively over the course of their studies.

(LO2) Students will develop academic writing, communication, and presentation skills.

(LO3) Students will develop the skills necessary to reflect on critical feedback to submitted work.

(LO4) Students will develop an awareness of academic integrity, plagiarism and how to avoid it.

(LO5) Students will develop an understanding of the scientific method and the different ways research is conducted in politics.

(S1) Enhanced study skills.

(S2) Enhanced understanding of referencing and academic integrity.

(S3) Enhanced understanding of politics as a scientific field of enquiry.

(S4) Enhanced understanding of the ingredients to good analysis and investigation.


Syllabus

 

Topics covered during the module may include:

Introduction to studying politics;

Critical thinking;

Sources;

Referencing;

Making an arguments / essay writing;

Presentations;

Exam and feedback;

The scientific method;

Political Theory and Reflective Equilibrium;

Qualitative methods;

Quantitative methods.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method: lectures.
The lecture will be an active workshop-like introduction to each skills /method topic covered.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 22

          22
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Exam. This cannot be marked anonymously. There will be a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  2 hours    60       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
VITAL quizzes. This work will be marked anonymously. Standard UoL penalties will apply. There will be a reassessment opportunity.  10 questions per qui    40       

Recommended Texts

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