International Politics and Policy BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: L240
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

You will take 60 credits worth of modules in International Politics and Policy and 60 credits worth of modules in your other Joint subject.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • British Politics 1 (POLI101)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    To analyse the context of British politics;

    To understand the key ideological and policy approaches of British political parties;

    To examine the basis of British electoral choice;

    To explore the wider context of British politics, in terms of Atlanticist and European relationships.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To encourage students to think analytically about the British political system and engage with the academic literature.

    (LO2) To analyse the major British political events and how they have affected or been shaped by the political system.

    (LO3) To develop students' written and oral skills.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written.

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral.

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - listening skills.

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - evaluation.

    (S5) Information skills - critical reading.

  • British Politics II (POLI102)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To examine the distribution of power in Britain and the operation of power within the contemporary British state; To outline the traditional conception of the British political system as the ‘Westminster model’ and consider the extent to which this conception has been undermined  in recent decades. To introduce the principal 'theories of the state' and illustrate their application to the study of the British political system; To provide an overview of the key institutional components of the British political system (such as the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Parliament, the civil service, local government and devolved institutions); To highlight key currents in political participation and accountability in Britain;  To illustrate how economic and political decision making ‘outside’ the UK nation state impacts on political power in Britain.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key controversies associated with the distribution of power in Britain.

    (LO2) You will be able to discuss the formal and informal structure and operation of power both within and beyond the contemporary British state.

    (LO3) You will be able to outline the key elements of the 'Westminster model’ and debate its validity as a description of the location and structuring of power in the British political system today.

    (LO4) You will be able to explain the primary 'theories of the state' and apply them in discussing the operation of a range of British political institutions and processes.

    (LO5) You will be able to show an understanding of the role of the key institutions making up the British political system, their relative power and the relationships between them.

    (LO6) You will be able to debate how political participation and accountability impact on the exercise of power in British politics.

    (LO7) You will be able to discuss the ways in which economic and political decision making ‘outside’ the UK nation state impacts on political power in Britain. 

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Information skills - Critical reading

  • Comparative Politics (POLI107)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
    Aims

    To provide an introduction to European politics by focusing on key contemporary issues while introducing some basic concepts of political science encountered in studying this subject;

    To examine key challenges encountered when attempting to define and conceptualise Europe;

    To develop understanding of key debates around status of democracy and crisis of the nation-state in the European context;

    To examine salient transversal themes encountered in the politics of Europe, such as integration, international migration and security.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An understanding of the historical development and contemporary practice of European politics.

    (LO2) A working knowledge of the principles underlying political processes and systems (electoral systems and party systems) and how they operate in the European political space.

    (LO3) An understanding of the political importance of different government structures (parliaments, the executive) at national and regional (EU) levels.

    (LO4) A knowledge of the challenges posed by contemporary political trends to European nation-states and European integration.

    (S1) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Global citizenship - Relevant economic/political understanding

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

  • Foundations in International Politics (POLI104)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting100:0
    Aims

    The principal objective of this module is to provide introductory foundations to the study of international politics by introducing the main theories and approaches;

    To provide an overview of the major developments of international politics since the 20th century, paying particular attention to the Cold War and its aftermath;

    To offer brief introductions to four main issues of international politics: globalisation, Europeanisation and regional integration, environmentalism and poverty and development.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students will have acquired a working knowledge of the main theories of international relations (IR) and a greater awareness of their applicability in analysing specific issues in international politics. Of equal importance, students should have acquired a familiarity with the main themes that characterise both the Cold War and the post Cold War period. More specifically, students will have acquired the following: An understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the major IR theories.  

    (LO2) Students should have developed the ability to compare and contrast the various theories when discussing questions and issues affecting international politics.

    (LO3) Students will be familiar with the main events, issues and themes in international relations.

    (S1) Students will be able to access and make effective use of bibliographical and electronic sources of knowledge and information.

    (S2) Students will be able to demonstrate that they are able to write arguments in a coherent and effective manner.

    (S3) Students will acquire the ability to engage and interact with the main themes in a specific body of intellectual knowledge.

  • Foundations in Politics (POLI109)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    Students will demonstrate a foundational understanding of key political concepts;  

    Students will examine democratic theory and its challenges;

    Students will analyse expressions of political power;

    Students will demonstrate a knowledge of major political theories and arguments of key political scientists, political sociologists, and political philosophers;

    Students will understand what the study of politics is, and they will be able to distinguish the different ways in which one can study politics (empirical and normative approaches);

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

    To ensure students develop the skills 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.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate a foundational knowledge of politics and the study of politics.

    (LO2) Demonstrate an ability to relate political theory to the real world application of political power.

    (LO3) Identify the problems faced by democratic and non-democratic political systems and the means by which they can be understood.

    (LO4) Deconstruct the relationship between power, the state, democratic theory and the application of political authority.

    (LO5) Students will develop academic writing, communication, and presentation skills.

    (LO6) Students will develop exam skills and skills to reflect on critical feedback.

    (LO7) Students will develop an understanding of using sources and acquire referencing skills and awareness of plagiarism

    (S1) Enhanced research skills.

    (S2) Ability to communicate complex ideas both written and orally.

  • Studying Politics Successfully: Skills and Methods (POLI103)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    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.

Programme Year Two

You will take 105 credits in optional modules (Politics)

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • International Organisations (POLI225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims

    To provide an understanding of the nature of modern state system and the role of international organisations within it;

    To explore central concepts and theories in International Relations and apply these in analyses of the challenges and conflicts faced by the international system;

    To explore mechanisms and policy instruments that International Institutions possess in managing the new world order;

    To assess critical arguments as to the limits of international institutions and the likely future developments;

    To assess interpretations of international law within global governance debates;

    To develop students' skills in synthesis and analysis, and in the presentation of clear and cogent arguments (both orally and in writing) of issues and controversies surrounding international system and its organisations.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to understand the role of institutions in the international system.

    (LO2) Awareness of the role of global governance in the new world order.

    (LO3) Ability to explore powers and limits of international organisations and the role of international law and human rights.

    (LO4) Ability to apply core theories of international relations to major international organisations.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual)

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

  • Security in A Globalised World (POLI231)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To provide an overview of how security has been affected by globalisation; To explore how the understandings of security and globalisation have developed over time.; To develop a theoretical focus on security in global politics; To explore the main themes, issues, and political debates around security in a globalised world.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students will have acquired knowledge of the main debates around security and globalisation.

    (LO2) The ability to critically discuss these issues.

    (LO3) The ability to write a cogent, well-argued research paper that deals with a significant aspect of these debates and theories.

    (LO4) The ability to engage and interact with the main themes in a specific body of intellectual knowledge.

    (LO5) An ability to access and make effective use of bibliographical and electronic sources of information.

    (LO6) An ability to deliver short, small-group presentations where they convey information and ideas succinctly and effectively.

    (LO7) How to make arguments in a coherent and effective manner.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

Year Two Optional Modules

  • American Politics and Society (POLI205)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To acquaint students with the US constitutional system;

    To help students explore how actors and institutions residing outside the state influence the governing processes;

    To help students explore how actors and institutions residing outside the state influence the governing processes.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An understanding of the Federal Government.

    (LO2) An understanding of how federal institutions interact with those residing at the state level (via the Federalist nature of the US Constitutional system) to shape the character of the US political system.

    (LO3) An understanding of the relationships between the branches of the federal government.

    (LO4) An understand of the power of the federal judiciary, particularly in relation to civil rights and civil liberties.

    (LO5) An understanding of how public opinion, political parties, and the media interact with governing institutions to shape the overall governing processes found in the United States.

    (LO6) Understand the role of the states in the electoral process.

    (LO7) Understand the role of the media in the electoral process.

    (LO8) To understand how contemporary policy reflects the interaction of politics, political institutions, and society.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Following instructions/protocols/procedures

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – persuading

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S7) Skills in using technology - Information accessing

    (S8) Working in groups and teams - Listening skills

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

  • Aspects of Media and Politics (POLI208)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    T o give students an appreciation of the relationship between the mass media, politicians and the public; To make students aware of the way the different aspects of the communication process act, react and interact, and with what political and social implications; To familiarise students with the manner in which the mass media respond to political pressure and spin, and with the way coverage affects those exposed to it; To explore the way the media contribute to (or compromise) democracy.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to place the mass media's political role in theoretical, empirical, moral and legal context.

    (LO2) Students will be able to appreciate the role of economic pressure, public relations and political lobbying on the way journalists cover politics.

    (LO3) Students should have a grasp of how far the media trivialise politics, or inflects it in a biased fashion.

    (LO4) Students should be able to understand how, in a variety of contexts, the media relates to the health, or otherwise, of contemporary democracy.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis.

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking.

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written.

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral.

  • Contemporary Populist Politics: Britain in Comparative Perspective (POLI223)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting25:75
    Aims

    To introduce students to the distinctive character of contemporary populist political parties and movements in Britain and other established democracies;

    To equip students with an understanding of the factors which have driven the rise of political populism in Britain and other established democracies;

    To enable students to identify and debate the potential consequences of populism for mainstream party politics and for established democratic norms and institutions;

    To engage students with some of the most important questions in contemporary western political science.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will be able to identify and discuss the common and distinctive features of left- and right-wing populism in a range of established democracies.

    (LO2) Students will be able to compare and contrast the character of contemporary populist political parties and movements in Britain with those in other established democracies.

    (LO3) Students will be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the factors which have driven the rise of political populism in Britain and other established democracies.

    (LO4) Students will be able to outline and discuss the potential consequences of populism for mainstream party politics and for established democratic norms and institutions.

    (S1) Time management, organisation and adaptability

    (S2) Communicate complex ideas both written and orally.

    (S3) Teamwork

    (S4) Ability to apply topic-specific knowledge and concepts; critical and analytical thinking

    (S5) Information gathering, evaluation and synthesis

    (S6) Ability to work under pressure

    (S7) Enhanced research skills.

  • Devolution in the Uk (POLI227)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To analyse the impact of devolution in the UK upon its different parliaments and assemblies, assessing how politics in the different parts of the UK has changed; To assess how the Parliaments and assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were introduced and have developed; To explore what has been the impact of these parliaments and assemblies for the party system in each country; To examine how do devolved institutions address societal divisions within each country; To assess what are the implications for the future of the United Kingdom of devolution.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Upon completion of the module, students should be able to:Identify the key conceptual principles of integration, federalism and devolution and their application to the UK.

    (LO2) Understand the historical attempts to devolve parliaments.

    (LO3) Comprehend the different powers of each devolved institution in the UK and assess the distinctive aspects of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish politics and society that have shaped devolved institutions.

    (LO4) Analyse how devolution has impacted upon England.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

  • Foreign Policy Analysis and World Politics (POLI236)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Through participating in the lectures, seminar discussions and by completing assessments students will gain:

    Knowledge of the main approaches to foreign policy and the classic contributions to the subfield, as well as relevant contributions from conflict studies, political psychology and historical sociology;

    Awareness of the agent structure debate, the important question of how far human beings can consciously shape the course of world politics;

    Understanding of the various factors that shape the process of decision-making in international relations;

    Appreciation of some of the most significant factors shaping overall patterns of peace and conflict, friendship and enmity in world politics;

    In addition, the course is designed to augment student skills, providing:

    Experience deploying causal mechanisms theorised by scholars and  developing  original 'middle range' explanations for international events;

    Familiarity with the levels of analysis issue, an important issue in empirical research across the social sciences;

    Experience gathering, analysing and synthesising empirical evidence from news reports, policy briefings and primary sources.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) You will be able to outline the main approaches to foreign policy and the classic contributions to the subfield, as well as describe the relevant contributions from conflict studies, political psychology and historical sociology.  

    (LO2) You will improve in your abilityto think critically and rigorously about thereasons why certain foreign policies are pursued over others in world politics.

    (LO3) You will be able to explain the significance of the levels of analysis problem for the study of international relations and the social sciences more generally.

    (LO4) You will be able to give an account of how structural factors within the international system shape foreign policy, what scholars mean by system and structure, and why scholars disagree about the nature of the international system.

    (LO5) You will be able to explain how 'second image' factors such as the internal organisation of the state, competition between government bureaucracies and domestic politics may influence foreign policy.

    (LO6) You will be able to explain how a foreign policy decision such as the initiation of war can be explained at different levels of analysis, such as the system, the dyad and/or the individual.

    (LO7) You will be able to locate reliable sources of information about events in world politics, and to utilise these information sources to write a cogent analysis of an event in world politics or a foreign policy decision - applying a theoretical framework to an empirical topic.

    (LO8) You will be able to explain what the agent-structure debate is and why it is analytically, morally and politically significant for how we think about the choices available to actors in world politics.

    (LO9) You will be able to explain how scholars combine causal mechanisms from multiple levels of analysis into theoretical explanations of foreign policy decisions and patterns of activity in international relations. You will be able to evaluate how successful these theories are in revealing the sources of foreign policy.

    (S1) Communication skills

    (S2) IT skills

    (S3) International awareness

    (S4) Problem solving skills

    (S5) Organisational skills

  • From the Ira to Isis: Understanding Political VIolence in the Contemporary World (POLI240)
    Level2
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To help students think critically about the world we live in today, specifically focusing on terrorism;

    To consider why and how terrorist groups come into existence and disappear;

    To examine the historical evolution of terrorism, the importance of terrorism in the contemporary world, different types of terrorism, and the responses to such threats;

    To think about why a universal definition of terrorism has proven so elusive and what this means for the study of terrorism;

    To explore the controversies that have been generated by terrorism and counter-terrorism.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The ability to think critically about the world in which we live today, especially regarding the legitimacy of political violence.

    (LO2) An understanding of the key debates and controversies in the study of terrorism and counter-terrorism.

    (LO3) The ability to engage in critical discussion about questions relating to terrorism and counter-terrorism.

    (LO4) The ability to engage and interact with the main themes in a specific body of intellectual knowledge.

    (LO5)  An ability to access and make effective use of bibliographical and electronic sources of information.

    (LO6) Make arguments in a coherent and effective manner.

    (LO7) The ability to write a cogent, well-argued research paper that deals with a significant aspect of these debates

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual)

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Working in groups and teams - Group action planning

  • Gender and Feminist Politics: Core Concepts and Theories (POLI257)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To convey core concepts and ideas in gender politics; To compare and contrast gender and feminist approaches to understanding politics; To encourage the application of theoretical gender debates to practical political issues; To evaluate various strategies for encouraging gender equality and justice; To c ritically present theories of identity and their role in politics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) An understanding of concepts and debates about gender and feminist politics.

    (LO2) A detailed knowledge of a variety of key issues and case studies in gender politics.

    (LO3) An ability to apply theoretical and normative frameworks to evaluate the above.

    (LO4) An ability to give effective oral presentations to one’s peers.

    (LO5) An ability to write clearly and analytically, making use of the relevant material.

    (LO6) An ability to research political events by analysing information from different sources.

    (S1) Development of critical thinking skills

    (S2) Presentation skills.

    (S3) Ability to link concepts and ideas to contemporary political issues.

    (S4) Research skills

  • International Political Economy (POLI209)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    This module aims to examine the interplay between politics and economics and the way this relationship is influenced by domestic and international forces.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1)  Basic appreciation of the dynamic processes of international politics and economics.

    (LO2) An understandiung of a range of IPE theories, and why and how they evolved in response to developments

    (LO3) Familiarity with recent developments in IPE (globalisation, regionalism, economic crises, etc.), and how they relate to IPE theories.

    (LO4) Ability to compare and contrast theories and examine how they ‘fit’ with different periods of time and national and international circumstances.

    (LO5) The ability to use technical vocabulary fluently.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) The ability to apply abstract ideas to real world contexts.

    (S3) The appreciation of complexity, diversity of situations, events and distinguish the most relevant information.

    (S4) To engage with new ideas and perspectives and develop that information into a presentable format.

    (S5) Basic critical skills, including testing validity of statements and the operating the rules of evidence.

    (S6) Intellectual and research independence, derived from setting tasks and solving problems, exercising bibliographic skills, organising information, formulating appropriate questions, understanding the nature of the discipline.

    (S7) Marshalling of argument in written and/or oral form.

  • Politics of International Human Rights (POLI251)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To provide an overview of the philosophical foundations and debates on human rights;

    To introduce the history and institutions of human rights in international politics;

    To enable students to critically assess different political efforts to protect human rights;

    To familiarize students with contemporary human rights problems and the types of actors who undermine and/or promote human rights.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) To critique the central philosophical perspectives on human rights

    (LO2) To describe the historical development and institutions of human rights in international politics.

    (LO3) To compare and contrast policy approaches for the realization of human rights

    (LO4) To identify and explain how various actors contribute to the violation and protection of human rights.

    (LO5) To analyse contemporary human rights problems and reflect on possible policy solutions.

    (S1) Research skills.

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - critical analysis.

    (S3) Ability to communicate complex ideas both written and orally.

  • Regimes and Their Consequences (POLI222)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Examine the reasons for state-building and their implications for contemporary political developments around the world;

    Analyse the establishment, durability and overthrow of authoritarian regimes using historical and contemporary case studies;

    Examine the process of democratization in countries transitioning from authoritarian regimes and the conditions determining its success or failure;

    Consider the issue of support for democracy in developed and developing countries and its potential decline;

    Explore the potential of social movements to effect change in a variety of different political regimes;

    Relate changes and developments in regional contexts to the theoretical literature on comparative politics.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Identify and describe the historical factors that have shaped political institutions and structures;

    (LO2) Describe the evolution of cultural norms, attitudes, ideologies and traditions that affect how politics is viewed and conducted;

    (LO3) Outline and be able to classify political forms, including the ways in which leaders are chosen and power is distributed and restrained;

    (LO4) Compare and contrast countries using comparative models, with regard to each of the above;

    (LO5) Apply differing models in political structures and policy approaches, and evaluate their effectiveness and usefulness

    (LO6) Evaluate one’s own political system, its strengths and its weaknesses, by comparing it to others.

    (S1) Ability to work autonomously and demonstrate initiative, organisation and effective time management

    (S2) Ability to work with others and explore different viewpoints

    (S3) Enhanced research skills.

    (S4) Ability to communicate complex ideas both written and orally.

  • Security in A Globalised World (POLI231)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    To provide an overview of how security has been affected by globalisation; To explore how the understandings of security and globalisation have developed over time.; To develop a theoretical focus on security in global politics; To explore the main themes, issues, and political debates around security in a globalised world.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students will have acquired knowledge of the main debates around security and globalisation.

    (LO2) The ability to critically discuss these issues.

    (LO3) The ability to write a cogent, well-argued research paper that deals with a significant aspect of these debates and theories.

    (LO4) The ability to engage and interact with the main themes in a specific body of intellectual knowledge.

    (LO5) An ability to access and make effective use of bibliographical and electronic sources of information.

    (LO6) An ability to deliver short, small-group presentations where they convey information and ideas succinctly and effectively.

    (LO7) How to make arguments in a coherent and effective manner.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

Programme Year Three

You will take the Dissertation plus 90 credits in optional modules (Politics)

Year Three Optional Modules

  • Comparative Voting Behaviour (POLI322)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module seeks to equip students with the analytical skills needed to analyse election outcomes from the perspective of both voters' behaviour and parties' strategies;

    The module also aims to enable students to analyse survey data using quantitative methods; to provide them with sufficient knowledge of the statistical package SPSS; and to prepare students to write reports and interpret data in a way that can be used to advise politicians, political parties, or any organisation concerned with public opinion and voting. By fulfilling these goals the module also aims at widening students' employability, enabling them to develop some of the main analytical and statistical skills which are demanded by employers.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) You will be able to contrast the theoretical assumptions of structural, social-psychological and rational-choice models of voting behaviour.

    (LO2) You will be able to critically analyse the potential and limitations of voting behaviour models both in general and when applied to specific elections and contexts.

    (LO3) You will be able to critically analyse how voting behaviour varies across types of party, as well as the dynamic relationship between the behaviour of voters and parties.

    (LO4) You will be able to use the statistical package SPSS to prepare datasets for data analysis.

    (LO5) You will acquire knowledge of key statistical techniques and be able to apply them to analyse specific election outcomes.

    (LO6) You will be able to apply notions of statistical inference and generalise findings based on survey data.

    (S1) Problem solving skills

    (S2) Numeracy

    (S3) IT skills

    (S4) Organisational skills

    (S5) International awareness

    (S6) Teamwork

    (S7) Communication skills

    (S8) Adaptability

  • Dissertation (POLI401)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module aims to enable student to formulate their own research questions;

    To encourage students to develop their own research under the supervison of a member of the academic staff;

    To provide an opportunity for students to manage their own learning through independent study;

    To encourage students to manage their own time and organise appointments with supervisors.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) On completion of the dissertation students will be able to apply core theoretical and/or conceptual approaches in politics to their chosen area of research.

    (LO2) Synthesise and analyse complex empirical and conceptual material in their chosen area of research.

    (LO3) Use empirical and conceptual material in coherent and sustained argumentation.

    (LO4) Use a range of IT skills including word processing, where appropriate e-mail, spreadsheets, and the Internet to locate and retrieve information in support of their dissertation research.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S4) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

  • Eu As An International Actor (POLI328)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Students will gain a foundational understanding of foreign policy evaluation of the EU that can be transferred to analyse other (international) organisations;

    Students will develop the ability to analyse the foreign policy system of the EU, the actors involved in it, and the main political framework such as the Common Foreign, Security and Defence Policy;

    Students will analyse the main theories for analysing foreign policy and the analytical concepts used to explain the EU’s development of its own distinct foreign, security, and defence policies;

    Students will explore the way the EU interacts with partners at a regional and a global level, particularly its partnerships with the Mediterranean area as well as the US, Russia, and China;

    Students will debate problems and challenges that face the EU as an international actor;

    Students will foster different skills of research and assessment.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate foundational knowledge of foreign policy evaluation and how far this applies to the EU as a foreign policy actor.

    (LO2) Relate theories on EU integration and governance to the rise and development of the European security and defence policy and the practice of civilian and military operations deployed.

    (LO3) Identify problems and challenges that face the EU as an international actor

    (LO4) Critically reflect on the challenges and consequences that emerge for third-states from the EU’s actions and policies

    (S1) Enhanced research skills.

    (S2) Enhanced skills of communication, negotiation and debating.

    (S3) Ability to communicate complex ideas both written and orally.

  • Identity in Contemporary International Politics (POLI332)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To analyse the political significance of identity in international politics;

    To examine the interrelationship between national identity, territory, sovereignty and democracy in terms of ideological foundations and in the context of international relations;

    To draw implications for the construction of stable political communities in conditions of cultural diversity.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the course students will be familiar with the concepts of identity - national, political and ethnic.

    (LO2) Students will gain the understanding of the main debates within the citizenship studies and minority rights.

    (LO3) Students will be confident with transnational politics, diasporas and how they are reflected in international politics.

    (LO4) Students will be able to accompany theoretical concepts and discussions by examples and appropriate case studies.

    (LO5) Students will be familiar with the emergence of the nation-state and ethnic exclusion

    (LO6) Students will be able to analyse issues and controversies surrounding this most interdisciplinary and contested area of political science - identity and its effects on international politics.

    (S1) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S3) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

    (S4) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

  • International Intervention (POLI321)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Students will gain a foundational understanding of the law, theory, and practice of international intervention, international peace and security. Students will develop the ability to analyse critically the gap between the laws and the practice of international interventions. Students will explore the way how intervention practices have changed over time and how norms surrounding interventions have shifted. Students will debate problems and challenges that face states intervening in third-states including issues of sovereignty, and the UN Charter articles on non-intervention and non-use of force.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the law, politics, and practice of international intervention.

    (LO2) Relate the role and framework of international institutions such as the UN to the practice and laws surrounding international intervention.

    (LO3) Identify problems and challenges that face the international community of states regarding the practice of (unregulated) intervention in third-states.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on the challenges and consequences that emerge from interventions that alter the practice and understanding of state sovereignty.

    (S1) Enhanced research skills.

    (S2) Enhanced skills of communication, negotiation and debating.

    (S3) Ability to communicate complex ideas both written and orally.

  • Parliamentary Placement Scheme (POLI342)
    Level3
    Credit level45
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of the module is to allow students to work with an MP in the Houses of Parliament. They will do so in the third year, semester two. The placement will allow for the development of subject knowledge and specifically to allow students to relate theories of the legislative process with direct practical experience.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students will have a detailed knowledge of the theory and practice of Parliament and legislative processes through a combination of reading of academic texts and practical work experience and be able to demonstrate this through the reflective essay that is summatively assessed.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Evaluation

    (S5) Working in groups and teams - Time management

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - Flexibility/Adaptability

  • The Changing Faces of African Politics (POLI329)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    Broaden students comparative understanding of political models and approaches beyond Western political thought;

    Encourage students to engage with and overcome personal biases when thinking about ‘African politics’;

    Empower students to use different approaches to disseminating political knowledge and understanding;

    Encourage students to engage with a range of source materials beyond journal articles and books.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Engage reflectively with the biases associated with the study of African politics and African political theory.

    (LO2) Apply their understanding of different approaches to sharing academic knowledge to the creation of innovative outputs.

    (LO3) Relate the history of the colonial period to the political decision making processes of post-colonial leaders.

    (LO4) Evaluate and apply research of both academic and non-academic source material to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the influence of colonialism on African politics.

    (S1) Ability to disseminate research through the use of podcasts- employability skills

    (S2) Critical thinking

    (S3) Self-reflection

    (S4) Research skills

  • Toleration, Multiculturalism and Secularism (POLI350)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a range of moral issues concerning cultural, religious, national and other identities;

    To provide students with different normative approaches for tackling those moral issues;

    To enable students to critique normative theories and their policy implications;

    To develop the ability of students to communicate their ideas in an analytical and persuasive way.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will have an understanding of various moral issues related to cultural, religious, national diversity within contemporary society and politics.

    (LO2) Students will have an understanding of various approaches in political theory to cultural, religious, national issues in contemporary politics.

    (LO3) Students will be able to critically assess normative theories about toleration, multiculturalism, and secularism.

    (LO4) Students will be able construct logical, coherent, and persuasive philosophical arguments.

    (S1) Communication (oral and written)

    (S2) Information (identifying, locating, and accessing relevant material)

    (S3) Critical thinking (critiquing arguments using common tools in analytical political theory)

  • World Politics and the World Economy (POLI351)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Through participating in the lectures, seminar discussions and by completing assessments students will gain:

    Knowledge of the major theoretical frameworks for analysing the relationship between politics and economics at the level of the global system, including world-systems theory, hegemonic stability theory, lateral pressure theory and long-cycle theory;

    Awareness of some of the major trends in terms of global economic growth, North-South inequality, trade, technological change, concentration of military power, rivalry between major states, arms spending, and patterns of conflict;

    Knowledge of some of the hypotheses that have been put forward about the relationship between these trends by theorists of the global system;

    An informed viewpoint on the consistency of these hypotheses with the evidence and their value in interpreting the development of the global political economy;

    In addition, the course is designed to augment student skills, providing:

    Experience conducting essential statistical tests using a statistical software package, including Pearson’s correlation coefficient, the t-test and ordinary least squares regression;

    Familiarity with problems specific to time series data, specifically the problem of non-stationarity in time series data and how it can be dealt with;

    Experience in interpreting the results of time series analysis and relating them to meaningful processes in the global system, encouraging a healthy awareness of the strengths and weaknesses of different methods.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) You will be able to outline some of the most important approaches to theorising the relationship between world politics and the world economy. You will be able to summarise and critique the arguments associated with systemic theories of global political economy.

    (LO2) You will improve in your ability to link particular events to wider processes and trends in world politics and the world economy, placing them in historical and global context.

    (LO3) You will be able to explain patterns and trends in areas of international relations and global political economy such as great power rivalry and global inequality.

    (LO4) You will gain an informed understanding of the possible trends, cycles and constants in global political economy over the long term, as well as an understanding of possible causal relationships between these processes.

    (LO5) You will be able to interpret and handle time series data. This includes generating and interpreting descriptive statistics and graphs.

    (LO6) You will be able to identify trends and patterns in time series by using basic techniques of statistical inference including Pearson’s correlation coefficient, the t-test and bivariate regression.

    (LO7) You will be able to explain some of the special challenges of time series data, diagnose serial correlation in a time series and take account of it through an autoregressive model.

    (LO8) You will be able to explain the essentials of multiple regression in a non-technical manner and to construct and interpret simple time series regression models with lagged dependent and independent variables.

    (LO9) You will be able to evaluate the strengths and limitations of different methods for evaluating theories and interpreting change in the global political economy. You will be able to draw upon different sources and types of data to present an account of the historical development of the global system.

    (S1) IT skills.

    (S2) Statistical and data-handling skills.

    (S3) Problem solving skills.

    (S4) Methodological awareness.

    (S5) Ability to contextualise historically and globally.

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

All students are taught study skills, including essay writing and information literacy, as part of their first year programme.


Assessment

Assessment in Politics is through a mixture of coursework, examinations, in-class tests, presentations and other innovative approaches. Year Three students can undertake a dissertation in place of two of their taught course modules. The dissertation option is a piece of independent research pursued under the direction of a supervisor.