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M11155 Understanding Global Politics (15 cr)
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  16/17

Total Credits: 15

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Politics and European Politics There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Autumn Assessed by end of Autumn Semester 

Prerequisites: None

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module introduces global politics through the major theoretical, historical and empirical ways of seeing international relations. We consider how different approaches understand global politics, the role of different actors in global politics and different approaches to organising international relations. In particular the module highlights the major issues of war and peace, and global poverty.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 11 weeks1 per week1 hour
Seminar 11 weeks1 per week1 hour
Workshop 5 weeks1 per week2 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 75 1 hour exam 
Coursework 1 25 1000 words 

Mrs L Kettle

Education Aims:  By the end of the module you will: X Be able to appreciate the nature and complexity of global politics X Have been introduced to the theoretical underpinnings of the major approaches to global politics X Have a good working knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of the major approaches to global politics X Be familiar with the core concepts and controversies in analysing global politics

Learning Outcomes:  Students will be able to: Intellectual skills Critically read primary and secondary material and use it selectively in examinations. Professional and practical skills Practice discussing issues of an abstract theoretical nature and link these debates to concrete empirical examples in seminar sessions. Undertake independent research to understand conceptual considerations as well as a range of different approaches in the area of International Relations. Understand and disseminate ideas to others clearly, succinctly and under time pressure in an exam (100% of the final assessed mark). Transferable (key) skills Develop strong oral communication skills and self-confidence in disseminating information in seminar sessions. Cooperate as a team within seminars to discuss ideas and opinions. Use skills of judgement to analyse and assess primary and secondary material and collect data throughout the module. Work under pressure using skills in time management to write concisely.

Offering School:  Politics and International Relations

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