Politics and International Relations for University Study - LZ007

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury
(version 3)
Autumn and Spring
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3 30 (15) MR CM Henry
Canterbury
(version 3)
Spring and Summer
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3 30 (15) MISS O Ntalaka

Pre-requisites

Spring Start Accelerated Programme: Co-requisite modules include: LZ036 Academic Skills Development (15 credits) and either LZ035 Foundation Project (15 credits) OR LZ037 English for Academic Study (15 credits), along with a choice of two other 30 credit modules on the International Foundation Programme (8 modules are available on the January programme).

Autumn Start Programme: Co-requisite modules include: LZ036 Academic Skills Development (15 credits) and either LZ035 Foundation Project (15 credits) OR LZ037 English for Academic Study (15 credits), along with two other 30 credit modules on the International Foundation Programme

This module is also available for JYA students.

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

Through this module, students will be given a broad introduction to the study of politics and international relations with particular emphasis on key debates within the discipline as well as contemporary events. Students will be introduced to the contested nature of politics before moving on to consider how political systems are formed, what major ideas are that drive them as well as the question of how we compare political systems. This will deepen into an examination of political ideologies as well as the role of the state and the nation. Furthermore, students will consider national government functions and how the decision making process works, and how this is being challenged by the process of globalisation. From globalisation, we will move to consider IR as an important aspect of the study of politics, looking at the key theoretical approaches (realism, liberalism) while relating this to contemporary events (war on terror, global economic changes). Students will also spend time studying international history in the twentieth century as an important background to contemporary events as well as a sustained examination of the politics or decolonisation and development. Lastly, the module will draw out some of the ethical questions which arise in international relations and give students an opportunity to debate and discuss them.

Details

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Contact hours

Contact hours per week:
Spring Start:

Two hours of lecture, two hours of seminar per week, and a one hour workshop over 10 weeks in the Spring Term (50hrs), 10 weeks in the Summer Term (50hrs). In addition, students are expected to spend 200 hours in private study over the 20 weeks. The total number of study hours equals 300.

Autumn Start::

Two hours of lecture, one hour of seminar, and a one hour workshop per week over 11 weeks in the Autumn & 11 weeks in the Spring Term (88hrs), 2 weeks in the Summer Term (8hrs). In addition, students will be expected to spend 204 hours in private study over the 24 weeks (total 204 hours). The total number of study hours equals 300.

Cost

Students are recommended, but not required, to buy the books indicated as preliminary reading for this module. A number of copies of both books are also available for general loan in the library.

Method of assessment

Coursework will account for 60% of the overall mark, consisting of:

Term One:
Written Assignment (1,000 words) (15%)
In Course Test (45 minutes) (15%)

Term Two:
Written Assignment (1,500 words) (25%)
Seminar Participation (over two terms) (5%)
Final Examination of both terms' work will account for 40% of the overall mark (2 hours)

Preliminary reading

Recommended reading:

Bayliss, John et al The Globalisation of World Politics, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 7th edition (2016).
Heywood, Andrew. Politics. 3rd edition Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

1. recognise some of the main debates and ethical issues in political studies and international relations (IR) studies
2. understand and critically assess a range of approaches to forming and classifying political systems
3. recognise some of the major classic and contemporary political ideologies
4. comprehend the significance of states, nations and nationalism for political studies
5. understand the concept of globalisation and how it impacts on domestic political systems
6. grasp the major theoretical approaches to IR and understand the boundaries and significance of IR within the study of politics.
7. acknowledge key moments in twentieth century international history
8. demonstrate awareness of the significance of the politics of decolonisation and development as well as the relationship between global north and global south in the contemporary world
9. demonstrate awareness of some of the key aspects of the machinery of government, including the legislature, executive and judiciary

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