Problems in World Politics (Independent Study)

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

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Nicola Smith

This module is designed to allow students to apply academic knowledge acquired on their degree programme to real-world problems in world politics. ‘World politics’ does not preclude the selection of issues and problems that are primarily national, regional or local in nature. Students will work collaboratively to produce a short documentary that sets out the nature of, and solutions for, a real-world problem in world politics. Students will also develop a brief reflective paper on their experience of participating in the documentary group project, including key learning they will take forward into future projects (e.g. in the workplace). 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • express an advanced knowledge of key contemporary policy issues or political problems in world politics and apply this knowledge in real-world problem solving tasks;
  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge of essay-writing skills;
  • demonstrate a range of employability skills including: communication skills; presentational skills; ability to work as a team; judgment and decision-making; and
  • time-management;
  • present advanced information using a range of equipment and technologies.

Assessment (from 2018-19)

  • 1 x documentary (75%)
  • 1x 1000 word reflective paper (25%)