Analysing Political Worlds

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

Second year module

Lecturers: Dr Stephen Bates 

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 (from 2018-19)

  • 1 x 1500 word essay (25%)
  • 1 x 2500 word take home test (75%)