|Owning Department/School:||Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies|
|Level:||Certificate (FHEQ level 4)|
|Assessment:||ES 50%, EX 50%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
This unit seeks to:
* provide students with an introduction to essential concepts in the study, understanding and analysis of politics;
* inform students about the nature and role of political institutions, agents, and ideas at national, regional and international levels;
* introduce students to key debates in contemporary political thought;
* illustrate the importance of moving beyond simple description, and engaging in critical debates about these issues.
Students who complete the unit successfully will be able to demonstrate in seminars, essays and exams that they:
* have acquired knowledge of the key concepts in the study, understanding, and analysis of politics;
* are aware of major academic and political debates about the nature of contemporary political processes at national and international levels;
* can apply this knowledge and awareness to contemporary political issues.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit. Skills in effective learning are developed in this unit.
Approaches to the study of politics; power, the state, sovereignty and citizenship; political ideas and ideologies; democratic and non-democratic political systems; political culture; political change and revolution; nationalism and ethnic politics; the globalisation of politics.
PL10505 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Economics
PL10505 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Economics