POLITICS OF CRISIS - 2021/2
Module code: POL1027
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We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The module provides an opportunity for students to investigate and discuss critical issues in both domestic and international politics. As such the module content will respond to key contemporary developments ensuring that students are able to employ their analytical skills gained through their semester 1 L4 modules (particularly POL 1012 and POL 1013). Typically the module will cover such issues as nationalism, problems stemming from globalisation, international conflicts and economic crises.
GKOTSIS PAPAIOANNOU Nikolaos (Politics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
JACs code: L200
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 97
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 20
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
As this module responds to contemporary crises, the content will be adjusted each academic year to reflect new crises and developments therein. The module may include the following topics:
- Economic crises
- Refugee crises
- International conflict
- The rise of populism
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||ESSAY 1 (1,500 WORDS)||40|
|Coursework||ESSAY 2 (2,000 WORDS)||60|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity:
- To demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues and to analyse and critique them.
- To employ an analytical framework to understand/explain contemporary events.
- To explore differing relevant perspectives on the issues under study.
- To utilise relevant material which relates to the arguments they are investigating
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Essay 1 (1,500 words) – 40%
- Essay 2 (2,000 words) – 60%
Formative assessment and feedback
Students will receive verbal feedback in class concerning their contribution.
- Enable students to debate, analyse and understand a range of contemporary political issues.
- Encourage students to think critically about these issues and their own views towards them.
- Develop students’ skills in researching fast-moving contemporary political issues, using a range of source material.
- Develop students’ debating and argumentation skills.
|001||Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary issues||K|
|002||Apply analytical frameworks to empirical analysis||KC|
|003||Engage critically with central texts on key issues||KC|
|004||Gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of source material to construct a reasoned argument||CP|
|005||Develop research, writing and presentation skills.||PT|
|006||Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management.||T|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
- Ensure that students are well prepared for class by providing the key literature which connects with the core debates.
- Give students an opportunity to discuss specific questions pertaining to the issues scheduled for discussion on weekly topics.
- Enable all students to participate in the discussion both in the lecture and seminar classes, thus developing students’ oral debating/presentation skills.
- Ensure that all students connect with the topic being discussed and can understand and utilise the key analytical arguments to explain/understand it.
The learning and teaching methods include:
- 1 hour lecture per week x 11 weeks
- 1 hour seminar per week including class discussion x 11 weeks
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.
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: POL1027
Programmes this module appears in
|Public Affairs MPA||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|International Relations 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|
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 2021/2 academic year.