School: School of Government and Society
Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies
Second year module
Lecturers: Dr Stephen Bates and Dr Laura Jenkins
This module uses classic and contemporary research about substantive political issues to introduce you to a range of key theories, concepts and debates within Political Science. The module thus allows you to consider a range of approaches to political analysis, to the nature and distribution of power, and to state-societal relations in the contemporary world.
By the end of the module students should be able to:
- Achieve a critical understanding of why the core of Political Science is contested and why the discipline is characterised by diversity and pluralism;
- Display a familiarity with a range of contemporary approaches to political analysis and the study of the state;
- Utilise particular theories and concepts in the analysis of substantive political issues.
- Term One: 1 essay x 2,000 word assessed work (50%)
- Term Three: Take home test (2000 words, submitted via Canvas) (50%)
The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 01 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.