Analysing Political Worlds

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. 

Learning outcomes

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%)

Related courses:

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.