Foundations of Politics

Department of Political Science and International Studies, School of Government and Society

College of Social Sciences


Code 20888

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1+2

Module description

This is an introductory course designed to familiarise students with a broad spectrum of theories, approaches and issues related to the concept of power and contemporary political ideas. The aim is to provide students with a solid foundation of key skills and knowledge upon which they can build their own perspectives on a number of themes and issues which they are likely to encounter over the course of their degree programme. The course is divided into two main parts – the first part looks at different conceptions of politics and power, whilst the second half of the course examines a number of contemporary ideas and political issues.

Teaching and learning methods

Term One - 1 x 1000 word essay FORMATIVE

Term Two - 1 x 2000 word essay SUMMATIVE (60%)

Term Three - 1 x 2hr exam SUMMATIVE (40%)