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Unit information: Thinking Politically in 2022/23

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

Unit Information

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

Your learning on this unit

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

How you will learn

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

How you will be assessed

1500 word annotated bibliography (25%)

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


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.