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Unit information: Thinking Politically in 2020/21

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Unit name Thinking Politically
Unit code POLI10005
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Ashley Dodsworth
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides a thematic introduction to key themes in political science and international relations, organised around the delivery of key skills for all students on politics programmes.

The unit aims to:

  • Help students to successfully complete the transition from School to University
  • Help students to develop as independent learners
  • Introduce students to central conceptual, theoretical and empirical elements of political thinking
  • Familiarise students with key skills necessary to successfully complete a degree in Politics/International Relations

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

• Identify key debates in Political Science/International Relations

• Critically engage with central research themes in Political Science/International Relations

• Demonstrate critical thinking regarding conceptual, theoretical and empirical issues in Political Science IR

• Demonstrate writing and presentation skills required for Higher Education

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Information

1500 word annotated bibliography (25%)

2000 word essay or speech with an accompanying explanation (75%).

Reading and References

  • Hoffman, J. and P. Graham (2009) Introduction to Political Theory. Harlow: Pearson Education
  • J. Bara & M. Pennington (eds) (2009), Comparative Politics, London, Sage
  • Jenny Edkins and Maja Zehfuss (eds) (2014), Global Politics: a New Introduction, London: Routledge, 2nd edn
  • Colin Hay, Political Analysis, (Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2002)
  • Tom Burns & Sandra Sinfield (2012), Essential study skills : the complete guide to success at university, London : SAGE ,3rd ed.