Analysing Political Worlds

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.

Assessment

  • Term One: 1 essay x 2,000 word assessed work (50%)
  • Term Three: Take home test (2000 words, submitted via Canvas) (50%)