Foundations of Politics

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

College of Social Sciences

Details

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%)