INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS: POWER AND THE STATE - 2018/9

Module code: POL1012

Module Overview

This module provides a general introduction to the study of politics. It seeks to provide students with a general overview of key concepts, structures and theoretical debates at the heart of the discipline. It looks at the links between national and international politics and encourages students to think critically about social, political and economic trends.


Module provider

Politics

Module Leader

MASSETTI E Dr (Politics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: L200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None  

Module content

The module will introduce the discipline of political science as an object of study to students, through a presentation and discussion of key concepts.  The lectures will move from general questions on the nature of politics, through an exploration of the state as a central locus of political activity, into a consideration of the relationship of politics to other areas of social and economic activity.  This will be coupled to seminars that allow students to discuss and debate their understanding through a variety of tasks and activities, including debates, simulation games and discussions of literature.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 1 (1500 WORDS) 40
Coursework ESSAY 2 (2000 WORDS) 60

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Their level of knowledge from the material assigned, their lectures and seminars and their independent study
Progression due to the split of the assignment at different times in the term
Capability to construct arguments based on evidence and using theoretical frameworks
Their understanding of fundamental ways of academic writing in politics


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Essay 1 (1500 words)
Essay 2 (2000 words)
Both essays are on predefined questions which are provided in the module handbook and students are requested to ask one question from the set of questions for each essay.
Deadlines to be confirmed in module handbook – students should refer to that prior to the start of term.


Formative assessment and feedback

Students will receive feedback formally through their marked coursework and input on their performance informally through their group project and presentation, as well as through the module leader and seminar leaders through the modules and seminar discussions. Students will be given the opportunity to receive feedback individually outside the classroom through office hours and one-to-one meetings.

Module aims

  • Identify the essential characteristics of politics and the state, in a national and international context;
  • Outline the development of political structures;
  • Comment on political systems;
  • Develop the basic techniques and knowledge necessary to pursue further study in the field of political science.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Identify and evaluate key concepts in political science. KC
002 Construct reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critica judgement. KCPT
003 Apply theoretical frameworks to policy/empirical analysis. KCT
004 Employ relevant research skills to investigate a politics- or policy-related area. KCPT
005 Access relevant politics- and policy-related datasets and be able to retrieve data from them. KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

-       Introduce students to foundation concepts and theories of politics

-       Bring students to a level of comprehension helpful for further study

-       Provide initial contact with concepts and material that links to other modules in their curriculum

The learning and teaching methods include:

11 x 1hr Lectures, 11 x 1hr seminars, debates & discussions, presentations, independent learning.

 

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS: POWER AND THE STATE : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/pol1012

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with Politics BA (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
International Relations BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Economics BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Public Affairs MPA 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with Creative Writing BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with German BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with Spanish BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics with French BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.