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This course is an introduction to the discipline of political science. We begin by asking ‘What Is Politics?’ and address arguments surrounding the current ‘crisis in politics’ in advanced liberal democracies. The course covers key concepts in politics including state and democracy. We then study key institutions ranging from parliamentary and presidential systems, political parties, electoral systems and social movements. We address the role of the European Union and debates on globalisation. The aim of the course is for students to glean a sound foundation in understanding the key concepts, issues, institutions and actors in political science.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%); continuous assessment (40%). Continuous assessment is one 1,500 word essay.
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).
One online quiz approximately every 4 weeks, covering (1) the UK, (2) the EU and (3) the effect of the EU and other developments on the UK political system.
Formative assessment will be 0% of the grade, so students can get their mark instantly and then review their incorrect answers immediately (feedback on the responses will be provided via webct). Although it is formative, each student will have to demonstrate that they have completed the exercise.