IDENTITY AND POLITICS - 2018/9

Module code: POL1025

Module Overview

The primary focus of the module will be on how individual and collective identities shape politics and political processes. Drawing on perspectives from across the social sciences, the module offers an opportunity to consider the ways in which political activity is contextualised and understood by political agents of all sorts. The module will use a mixture of case studies to explore key issues.

Module provider

Politics

Module Leader

MASSETTI E Dr (Politics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: L380

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

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None

Module content

The module introduces students to some of the key debates and concepts associated with the role of identity within political life. It considers how individual and collective identities shape, influence and reflect political activity and policy. Through the use of a series of key case studies, it applies this to political practice and considers how we might use the notion of identity to approach politics from a range of social science perspectives.

The course is structured around the following themes and questions:


What is identity? Theoretical perspectives from the social sciences
What are the major dimensions of identity in a political context?
How can we measure or evaluate identity?
Where does identity have an impact on political life?
Case studies will vary from year to year, but would include such examples as:

The 2008 Presidential election: race, gender, hope;
The 1982 Falklands/Malvinas war;
Contemporary immigration policy in UK and Europe;
Class conflict: decline or mutation?;
Queer politics;
Gender stereotyping.




 Weekly lectures will cover the topics listed above. Each topic will also be the focus of one of the fortnightly seminars. The seminars will provide an opportunity for students to consider relevant political materials and develop their own perspectives and understanding on the subject.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework ESSAY 1 (2000 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

- Capacity to develop arguments, analyse relevant literature and address key debates in the role of identity in political life

- Capacity to assess an area of interest, by identifying the role and expression of identity within a key area of political activity, referring to one or more of the core debates discussed in class.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         Essay 1 (2000 words), 40%

·         Essay 2 (2000 words), 60%

Formative assessment and feedback

A number of individual and group workshops with the students are designed to guide them throughout the different steps of the assessment.

Module aims

  • Develop students' understanding of some of the main concepts and key debates associated with the role of identity in political life;
  • Introduce students to some of the main debates concerned with the articulation and development of identity in the political process;
  • Consolidate students' ability to apply theoretical models to real-life examples, through analysing developments in specific areas of political activity.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Discuss some of the main concepts and key debates associated with the role of identity in politics; KCPT
002 Identify some of the main models involved in the formation and expression of social identity; KC
003 Analyse political practice in specific areas, using at least one of the concepts covered in the module. 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 a new topic, and provide room for student-led discussion of the topic.

The learning and teaching methods include:

lecture 1x11

seminar 1x11

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 IDENTITY AND POLITICS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/pol1025

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
International Relations BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Public Affairs MPA 2 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.