KEY ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS - 2021/2
Module code: POLM015
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The module provides an opportunity for students to investigate and discuss contemporary developments in international politics. The specific content varies to meet contemporary issues. Typically, the module will cover a range of issues, at regional and international levels, such as: Environment; Globalisation; Nationalism; International Conflicts and Economic Development
CHAPPELL Laura (Politics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: L240
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Following an introduction week, the module is taught around important contemporary issues in international politics. In 2016/17, a number of topics will be chosen reflecting on the rise of new powers, equality, climate change, the European financial crisis and its political consequences and the Syrian refugee crisis. For each topic, a session will be organised as a lecture with student discussions in the seminar. This will allow students to employ the knowledge and skills gained in this course. The topic of the final session will be decided at the beginning of the course. Students will be allocated a country or an institution. The course will introduce various approaches towards the chosen issues and highlights the different perspectives from different actors on these. The close interconnection of the discussed issues is also highlighted.
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||CRITICAL ESSAY (2500 WORDS)||60|
|Coursework||POLICY PAPER (2000 WORDS)||40|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore their academic understanding of key issues in international relations through combining theoretical arguments with empirical examples. The assessment pattern enables students to analyse and critique two areas in more depth and to make evident their ability to conduct research and construct a reasoned argument. The first assessment (critical essay) is a theoretical and empirical analysis. The second assessment enables students to critically assess policy objectives and create different scenarios of feasibility, impact assessment and recommendations. Hence the assessments will test students’ abilities to combine theoretical knowledge of policy-making processes with empirical research reflecting the state of play in a particular policy area. Students will connect discussions in the classroom with the real world and be able to illustrate the structures and constraints that policy makers have to deal with. The assessment pattern enables students to analyse and critique two areas in more depth and to make evident their ability to conduct research and construct a reasoned argument.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- Critical Essay (2500 words) – 60%
- Policy Paper (2000 words) – 40%
- To provide students with an opportunity to consider, analyse and debate a range of key current issues in international politics
- To develop a critical understanding of complex issues in international politics
- To apply social and political theories and models to the analysis of contemporary events
- To develop skills in researching fast-moving contemporary political issues, using periodicals, databases, newspapers, etc.
- To develop critical debating and argumentation skills
|001||Understand and critically analyse complex issues in contemporary politics with reference to historical and theoretical background||K|
|002||Gain in-depth knowledge of a specific issue among the areas discussed and evaluate it within a short period of time||K|
|003||Communicate and present ideas effectively, in written format as policy paper as well as in critical essays||PT|
|004||Relate to different viewpoints on complex and contentious issues and form effective alliances and compromises||KC|
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:
- 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. Hence a range of techniques are used as highlighted below.
- Develop students’ oral skills through student presentations as well as reporting back from seminar discussions and engaging in debates.
- 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:
lectures, seminars, presentations, group discussions, independent reading.
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 for KEY ISSUES IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/polm015
Programmes this module appears in
|Public Affairs MPA||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|International Relations (International Intervention) MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|International Relations MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Public Affairs MSc||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% 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.