Understanding Politics

This is an introductory module designed to familiarise you with a broad spectrum of theories, approaches and issues related to the concept of power and contemporary political ideas.

The module will provide you with a solid foundation of key skills and knowledge upon which you can build your own perspectives on a number of themes and issues which you are likely to encounter over the course of your degree. The module is divided into two main parts - the first part looks at different conceptions of politics and power, whilst the second half examines a number of contemporary ideas and political issues.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with a broad spectrum of theories, approaches and issues related to the concept of power and contemporary political ideas.
  • Distinguish between major theories of power, politics and the state and link these to issues of contemporary political debate.
  • Identify broad trends in the development of political ideas and analytical approaches to the study of politics and power.

Assessment                     

  • 1 x 4,000 word essay end or term (100%)