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Political Science postgraduate modules for 2022/23. All title links will take you to the UCL module catalogue where you can find detailed descriptions and more information on the modules you are interested in studying.
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PUBL0004 - International Political Economy

This module introduces students to the study of international political economy (IPE). We discuss and critically assess theories and evidence on the political economy of international trade and foreign investment.

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PUBL0008 - Public Management: Theories and Innovations

In this module, we will examine the role of public bureaucracies in the policy making process, with a strong focus on reforms within and across public agencies, reforms collectively known as the “New Public Management”. We will also examine new technologies, such as artificial intelligence to understand how they affect the delivery of public services. We will begin with a look at some of the basic questions of public administration, such as, why do public bureaucracies exist, how have they evolved over time and why does their organisational structure matter for making public policy. 

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PUBL0009 - Health Policy and Reform

This module provides a comparative examination of health policy together with a study of policy reforms in the organisation and financing of health care. It enables students to analyse and evaluate different kinds of health systems and the likely health, financial and political effects of current reform proposals.

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PUBL0010 - Qualitative Methods: Interviews, Observations and Mixed Methods

Why do people participate in fascist movements? Why are some people generous to refugees and migrants in times of need? What is the experience of a factory worker in 21st century China? Why do fewer women run for political office? Can you go "undercover" to do research political science? What is a “natural experiment” in politics? How do I conduct an interview that generates interesting information?

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PUBL0011 - Public Policy Economics and Analysis

 *This module is only available to students in the Department of Political Science. It is a compulsory programme module for students on the following programmes; MSc Public Policy, MSc European Policy and Politics and MSc International Public Policy. Students with pre-requisite backgrounds with majors in economics or pure economic degrees may apply to opt out of this module. The aim of the module is to provide the student with the ability to understand the economic approach to public policy analysis, evaluation and implementation.

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PUBL0013 - The Ethics of Poverty

Are international institutions, like the WTO, violating the human rights of the poor across the world? Are we in affluent countries responsible for violating the rights of the poor? Is poverty itself a human rights violation? How should we define poverty and what is the relationship between poverty and development? How do both relate to human rights? What is the “resource curse” suffered by countries with natural resources? Should international trade be subject to human rights standards or conditionality, and would these solve the problem of global poverty? What is international law and does it enshrine privileges that should be reformed in order to address global inequalities? 

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PUBL0014 - Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Management and Policy

In recent years there has been growing political and theoretical focus upon the contribution of non- profit and voluntary sector organisations within modern market-based democracies. Increasingly governments look to non-profit organisations, charities, cooperatives or social enterprises to provide remedies to social problems; at the same time voluntary organisations within civil society seek to regulate and to change the behaviours of governments and of the market.

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PUBL0015 - Terrorism

This module will acquaint students with the main theoretical debates and empirical findings in the research on terrorism. It covers the topic from both a contemporary and an historical perspective and examines terrorism as a strategic tool of intra-state and transnational warfare. 

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PUBL0016 - Energy and Climate Policy

This applied, introductory and wide-ranging course will provide you with a background in climate change issues from a multidisciplinary perspective. You will be introduced to climate change policy and science, international climate negotiations, international climate finance, energy policy, environmental policy, business and sustainability, and research design and analysis in energy and climate policy

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PUBL0017 - Making Policy Work

Policy-makers face day-to-day choices about how to achieve their objectives. They need to know about how to use the resources under their command to get the best results. This module is about how policy-makers can use these tools of government effectively, and what evidence is there about what works most effectively. 

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PUBL0018 - The Theoretical Foundations of Human Rights

The ultimate aim of the modules is to equip students with the tools to decide for themselves, from an informed point of view, what can appropriately be called a human right, what cannot, and what limits they have, what the best defence there is of them, and how to think about ethical questions when confronting practical decisions in their research. They will be encouraged to develop analytical and critical argument-building skills, tools for problem solving, and to engage in analysis and debate in preparation for writing an essay that sets out a clear argument. 

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PUBL0019 - Policy-Making and Regulation in Europe

This module develops students’ knowledge of how policy-making takes place and policies are made in the European Union (EU). The module introduces principal theories of EU policymaking relating to the main stages of the policy process: agenda-setting, decision-making and policy implementation.

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Not Running in 2022/23 - PUBL0020 - The European Union in the World

This module analyses the European Union’s role in global politics. You will learn to explain and critically assess the EU’s actorness, effectiveness and influence across the range of its foreign policies. The module first introduces the conceptual and normative debate about Europe's global role; discusses the origins of the EU as a global actor; and familiarises you with the institutions, instruments and decision-making of EU foreign policy.

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PUBL0021 - The European Union, Globalisation and the State

Demands to “take back control”, protests against European integration, and increasing contestation over supranational governance currently dominate politics across Europe. They are evidence for an ongoing profound transformation of political processes in the EU. In this module, we submit such issues and debates to systematic comparative analysis, and ask why, how and with what consequences the EU is transforming politics in Europe. Students will acquire the empirical knowledge, theoretical understanding and comparative research skills to analyse the interactions between the domestic and the European level: How do European pressures challenge and change established national institutions and politics? And, how do national developments, actors and institutions impact at the EU level?

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PUBL0022 - Meanings of Liberty

*This is a compulsory module for students registered on the MA Legal and Political Theory programme and is not available as an optional module.

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PUBL0023 - Equality, Justice and Difference

How should we deal with diversity? Human beings differ in our religious convictions, our cultural identities, our race and ethnicity, our privilege, our gender, our sexual orientation, our ability, and more. How should we organise our societies given that we don’t agree about how to live? This module examines one of the most pressing political problems facing contemporary pluralist societies: how can we ensure that all individuals are treated equally, while respecting the fact that each individual is different? 

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PUBL0024 - Theories of International Relations

This module provides a graduate-level introduction to the major theories and debates in the study of International Relations (IR). The module will examine both theories of international relations, and apply them to specific policy problems. The module will introduce students to key questions in the field of international relations and the theoretical and empirical approaches scholars use to answer them, such as the causes of war, whether democracies are more peaceful than autocracies, and how international norms and institutions shape the behaviour of states. The module will apply these theories to better understand contemporary international policy problems, using examples such as nuclear proliferation, climate change, and humanitarian intervention.

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Not Running in 2022/2023 - PUBL0025 - Globalisation

The late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have brought many unprecedented challenges and opportunities. Globalisation and the flattening of the world mean that countries and individuals are intertwined like never before in history. Against this backdrop, standards of living in many countries have skyrocketed, millions of people have escaped poverty, and countless others have capitalized on new opportunities in work and life. 

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Not Running in 2022/23 - PUBL0026 - Public Ethics

This module explores the ethical dimensions of politics. It investigates the moral responsibilities of politicians, public servants and citizens; it examines various philosophical methods through which one might morally evaluate the behaviour these actors exhibit and the policies they enact; and it evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of these methods.

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PUBL0027 - Agenda Setting and Public Policy

Being in government is about doing things: addressing problems, dealing with crises, reforming institutions, and so on. But the list of possible 'things to do' is enormous, and governments have to choose which to prioritise - since doing anything costs time, money, and political capital.How do governments make these choices? Do they listen to public opinion? Or do they take their cues from the media, or lobbyists?  Or, to reverse the questions: why do certain issues consistently 'make it' on to the policy agenda, while others are doomed to remain just as conversation topics?

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Not Running in 2022/23 - PUBL0029 - Strategy and Organisational Change

Strategy and organisational change is a hands-on module where students learn about specific frameworks, models, and perspectives on effectively managing change in public, private and non- profit organisations. Students begin by covering introductory theories to strategy and organisational change and then move into the key concepts of how change occurs within an organisation.

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PUBL0031 - Law and Regulation I

In this module, we will be examining the political, economic, social and legal issues surrounding the enactment, implementation and enforcement of regulatory policy. We will begin by discussing various justifications for regulation, with particular focus on the market failure framework.

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PUBL0032 - International Law and Human Rights

This module has three goals:
(1) To equip students to use international law as a tool for human rights work;
(2) To explore the importance of international human rights law at a moment when human rights is often described as being “in retreat”; and
(3) To examine the international human rights law dimensions of current global political developments including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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PUBL0033 - Parliaments, Political Parties and Policy Making

This module explores the role and functions of legislatures and the parties that dominate them in the modern state. Taking a comparative approach, illustrated with numerous case studies of different countries, it asks which factors matter to the role of parliaments/legislatures today.

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PUBL0034 - Democratic Political Institutions

This module begins by setting out two approaches to human behavior: the individualist, economic view,and the sociological, relational view. These two approaches provide two different understandings of how institutions structure social behavior. The remainder of the module considers different institutions in democracy within these different motivational perspectives.

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PUBL0035 - Human Rights: Politics and Practice

Human rights are inherently political. This module turns away from philosophical and legal approaches to focus on political (and other social) science perspectives on human rights. It focuses on the messy institutional politics of the international human rights regime, on the wide range of actors that engage with human rights at the international and national level and examines the gap between human rights law on the books and rights in practice. 

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PUBL0036 - Governing Divided Societies

This module addresses options in the design of governing institutions for societies that are divided along lines of ethnicity, religion, language, or culture. It will cover both states with historic minorities and states that have experienced waves of immigration. The module will address issues of citizenship and membership in a community, as well as notions of group versus individual rights. It will also cover options for various democratic designs, including institutional systems and electoral structures intended to minimize conflict between identity groups. Case studies are introduced as examples throughout the module. The module emphasizes ongoing governance questions in diverse polities in order to understand how to better increase stability in highly divided societies.

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Not Running in 2022/23 - PUBL0037 - Foreign Policy Analysis

How is foreign policy made, and who makes it? This course examines the theory, history, and practice of foreign policy through a comparative lens. We will investigate the process by which foreign policy goals are established and policy tools are designed to help meet these goals. Much of our attention will focus on identifying the factors that influence the foreign policy making process across various institutional structures, and the models used in the academic literature to capture this process both theoretically and empirically.

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PUBL0038 - Gendering the Study of Politics: Theory and Practice

The module provides an overview of key topics, both theoretical and policy-related, in politics and gender. In weeks one and two, the history of feminism and main feminist, gender and queer theories (including those on intersectionality, masculinity, sexuality, and the body) are explored. The rest of the first part of the module looks at the impact of gender on ‘political’ activities, the concepts and practices of citizenship, and how to develop gender sensitive public policies. The second part of the module has a more global focus considering: the concept of security; transnational migration; the impact of gender in armed conflict; women, sexuality and human rights; and the importance of gender in international development.

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PUBL0044 - Rebellion

Why do people rebel against their governments? What explains why civil wars begin? What are the consequences of civil wars on health and human welfare? These are the core questions we ask during the course.This module will examine a variety of alternative theoretical explanations and begins with an overview of the disciplines knowledge about the determinants of civil conflict.

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PUBL0045 - Global Ethics

This course examines three key aspects of contemporary international ethics, and their interconnections. The first part is devoted to an analysis and discussion of the main theories of global distributive justice: cosmopolitanism, statism and nationalism. The second focuses on the pressure that these theories put on the notion of citizenship. The final part of the course explores questions of global governance, such as the normative desirability and practical feasibility of global democracy.

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PUBL0046 - Conflict Resolution and Post-War Development

This course focuses on why and how conflicts end, and the political, economic, and social challenges facing post-war societies. The course begins by discussing the obstacles inherent in the war-to-peace transition and the determinants of conflict recurrence. The course addresses questions such as: Why do some peace settlements last, while others do not? How can outside actors help bring conflicts to an end? How can peacekeepers help keep peace? What is the role of humanitarian aid? What explains variation in the success of disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs? How does post-conflict reconstruction work, and how do conflict reconciliation programs affect the post-war peace?

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Not Running in 2022/23 - PUBL0047 - Democracy and Accountability: Holding Power to Account

The module examines the variety of mechanisms and institutions which have been developed to scrutinise government and hold it to account. Each week will focus on a different area, with an invited speaker who is a practitioner in the area under discussion. The institutional focus will be linked to continuing discussion of the nature of scrutiny and accountability.

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PUBL0048 - Leadership and Organisational Behaviour

This module goes beyond the analysis of leadership theories, and aims at developing the student’s leadership skills. This is a hands-on module, where students learn about specific frameworks, models, and perspectives on effectively leading small, medium and large groups of employees in public, private and non-profit organisations. Students begin by covering introductory theories to leadership and then move into discovering which type of leaders they are.

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PUBL0049 - Global Public Policy

The module provides a conceptual overview and empirical illustrations intended to help students understand and analyse the key challenges, actors, and institutions of contemporary global public policy. Students learn how to think analytically and critically about topics in global governance, how to conceptualise problems, how to think through the incentives and constraints of policymakers, state and non-state actors, and the potential for and limitations of collective action and institutions.

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PUBL0050 - Casual Inference

This course provides an introduction to statistical methods used for causal inference in the social sciences. We will be concerned with understanding how and when it is possible to make causal claims in empirical research. In particular, we will focus on understanding which assumptions are necessary for giving research a causal interpretation, and on learning a range of approaches that can be used to establish causality empirically. The course will be practical – in that you can expect to learn how to apply a suite of methods in your own research – and theoretical – in that you can expect to think hard about what it means to make claims of causality in the social sciences.

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PUBL0051 - War and International Law

This module explores issues of war, peace, and human rights from the perspective of international law. In particular, we will examine the law on the use of force (the jus ad bellum), international humanitarian law (the jus in bello), international human rights law, and international criminal law.

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PUBL0053 - Capstone Project

The capstone project is an opportunity to bring together academic analysis with applied policy work.  There is no fixed format for a capstone.  Projects range from working in a consultant capacity for a client organization to independent work orientated to a practical purpose, for example writing a business plan establishing a non-profit organization.

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PUBL0054 - Dissertation

Your dissertation is a piece of original and supervised research on a topic relating to some aspect of your field of study. The dissertation should include both critical engagement with the literature and, where relevant, extant (policy) debates in the chosen area, and a significant element of original research and independent analysis.

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PUBL0055 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods

*This module is only available to students in the Department of Political Science 

This module is designed to introduce you to and help you become familiar with quantitative methodologies critical to your development as a social scientist. The introductory methods module has two primary aims. First, students will be introduced to quantitative methodology that researchers and policymakers use in answering social, political and economic questions. Second, the module will equip students to use one or more of the discussed techniques in their MSc dissertation.

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PUBL0056 - Governing Global Business

This module is designed to help students understand how multinational corporations are governed in the global economy. We will examine the emergence of the multinational corporation, and explore key issues between the relationship between states and markets given the rise of these transnational actors. This course will examine global business both from the perspective of developed economies, but will also examine contemporary issues relating to business in emerging markets, including the rise of emerging-market multinationals, institutional environments and political risk, and state capitalism. 

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PUBL0057 - Normative Methods, Legal Analysis and Research Skills

*This module is only available to MA Human Rights students
Two key areas of knowledge and methodological understanding in human rights research are what the law says or provides for in terms of human rights and what ethical arguments can be used for adopting specific policies and aims (or for not doing so) in relation to human rights.

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Not Running in 2022/23 - PUBL0059 - Human Rights, Accountability & World Politics

In this module students will develop an understanding of political violence, the human rights regime and the role of international institutions, states, and non-state actors. The lectures and readings will introduce students to major theoretical frameworks for understanding state use of violence and compliance with human rights obligations using both historical and comparative approaches to the topic. We will examine what social science can contribute to our understanding of human rights and the role of international institutions, states, and non-state actors. 

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PUBL0060 - International Trade Policy

This course introduces students to the regulation and international governance of international trade. We discuss and assess treaty frameworks in the trade regime - such as the World Trade Organisation, Free Trade Agreements, and Investment Treaties - as well as other parts of the international trade policy toolbox. 

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PUBL0061 - Global Governance

*This is a compulsory module for students registered on the MSc Global Governance and Ethics programme and is not available as an optional module.

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PUBL0064 - Impact Evaluation Methods

*This module is only available to EMPA/MPA students in the first instance. If additional spaces are available, they will be opened up to other Political Science MA/MSc students. 

This module considers methods for quantifying the causal impacts of social and economic programmes in both the government and non-government sectors. How many more people are in work because of a policy to help those on the margins of the labour market? Does including a free pen in a charity mail shot increase the probability of response? Does more education for girls in developing countries promote child outcomes in the next generation? 

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PUBL0065 - Public Finance Budgeting

Public finance management and public sector budgeting play a fundamental role in balancing the social and economic objectives of the  state and acts as a significant determinant of macroeconomic performance. The importance of having strong public finance management systems along with comprehensive and transparent evaluation of fiscal risk was further highlighted by the 2008 financial crisis. A prerequisite component for achieving these goals is an efficient budgeting process.

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Not running in 2022/23 - PUBL0066 - The Ethics of Counter-Terrorism

This module is an advanced study of various problems in normative political and moral philosophy that bear on counter-terrorism policy. It explores a series of questions about the moral principles that should guide and constrain the state’s efforts to prevent terrorist attacks on its citizens. It begins by assessing terrorism itself. What is terrorism, and what makes it morally distinctive among various forms of violence? Is terrorism necessarily wrongful, or could it be morally justified under certain conditions?

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PUBL0069 - Policy Advice

This module introduces students to the study and practice of policy advice. Graduates of SPP’s MPA and public policy degrees frequently become producers or users of policy advice in their careers. This module seeks to help students prepare for this role. It familiarises students with foundational scholarship on policy analysis. 

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PUBL0071 - Contemporary Political Philosophy

Why shouldn’t we be anarchists? What good reasons are there for obeying the state and the law? Under what circumstances may we break the law? When, if ever, is revolution or secession justified? What is democracy? What is valuable about democracy? What makes a democratic state legitimate?

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PUBL0072 - Contemporary Political Philosophy II

What is social justice? Why, if at all, should we redistribute wealth in society? Is equality something we ought to aim for? If so, what kind of equality? This module explores these and other questions through the lens of analytical political philosophy. We will critically examine some of the most influential answers provided by contemporary political philosophers, such as John Rawls, G. A. Cohen, Ronald Dworkin, Elizabeth Anderson. (this list may vary depending on developments in research and the interests of the class). 

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PUBL0073 - Dissertation LPT

Your dissertation is a piece of original and supervised research on a topic relating to some aspect of your field of study. The dissertation should include both critical engagement with the literature and, where relevant, extant (policy) debates in the chosen area, and a significant element of original research and independent analysis.

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PUBL0074 - The Political Economy of Development

This module will examine how ideas about development help us understand the various ways the world is divided into rich and poor. We will critically examine the idea that the world can be understood as composed of the rich, industrialised “developed” countries (or global “North”) and the poorer “majority world” (or global “South”), and – using a critical approach to the processes of development – we will emphasize the interaction of politics with society, culture and economics.

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PUBL0082 - Voters, Public Opinion and Participation

Democracy is widely viewed as an important ideal. In theory it should ensure that governments are responsive to the needs and desires of their citizens and that they are held accountable for their actions in office. On the other hand, as Winston Churchill is once alleged to have said, “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Citizens are often depicted as apathetic, uninformed, inattentive, and easily led astray by demagogues and ‘fake news.’

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PUBL0083 - Violent and Non-Violent Conflict

*This is a compulsory module for students registered on the MSc Security Studies programme and is not available as an optional module.

The module introduces students to the major themes and debates in the study of conflict processes with a focus on non-state actors and their impact on international security. It surveys a range of issues, including the causes and management of civil wars, violence against civilians, the transnational diffusion of violent and non-violent conflict, individual participation in political contention, as well as post-conflict economic, political, and social reconstruction. In addition, the module covers the causes and impact of non-violent challenges to state authority.

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PUBL0084 - Social Justice, Social Mobility, Education and the Family

Social mobility is a hot political topic because it is seen as a key indicator of equality of opportunity and social justice. Informed by reflection on and discussion of our personal trajectories from our own social origins to our current social position, we begin by examining the empirical evidence about patterns of social mobility. Particular attention is given to the UK but students are welcome to draw on resources concerning other societies.

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PUBL0085 - Introduction to Qualitative Methods: Researching Politics Using Texts, Transcripts and Images

*This module is only available to students in the Department of Political Science
How are Afghan women represented in the media? Do populist parties really get more broadcast airtime than mainstream political leaders? How do politicians present themselves online and on social media? What does it mean if we find that three different researchers understand archival sources in three different ways? What are the politics of online groups and communities? How does NATO use celebrity endorsement to legitimise its response to violence? What sorts of stories do ordinary voters tell about politicians when you ask them to keep diaries? How does contemporary travel writing produce and reproduce national borders?

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PUBL0086 - Qualitative Methods: Case Studies and Comparative Analysis

This module covers the basics of research design with an emphasis on comparative case study method. The first part of the module is devoted to developing a research question, constructing testable theories, understanding the advantages and disadvantages of comparative case studies, and concept formation. The second part of the module focuses on specific research tools used in comparative studies (e.g. historical analysis/process-tracing, field research, archival research) and their relative strengths and weaknesses. The final section of the module addresses the ways in which scholars combine different methods to study political phenomena.

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PUBL0087 From Cyberwarfare to Robots: The Future of Global Conflict in the Digital Age

Technological innovation and the fourth industrial revolution are introducing technologies that are rapidly shifting the nature of international interactions and global conflict.  Drawing upon the theoretical security literature and current policy discourse, this module considers the strategic, regulatory, legal and ethical dimensions of the use of new technologies including cyberwarfare, AI and autonomous weapons systems, big data,quantum computing, Web 3.0 blockchain and nanotechnology. 

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PUBL0088 - International Negotiation

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of international negotiation. Through a combination of lectures, case studies and practical simulations students will be introduced to key concepts of negotiation theory and develop basic negotiation skills. 

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PUBL0089 - International Organisations: Theory and Practice

 International Organizations (IOs) do the ‘day to day’ work of global governance, and as such substantially shape our world.  IOs both mediate international interactions (e.g. world trade, global security) and engage directly with states in ways that shape domestic affairs (e.g. global human rights and development).The purpose of this module is to introduce students the various roles institutions play in contemporary politics. 

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PUBL0090 - International Public Policy

*This is the core module for the MSc International Public Policy (IPP) only. This is not open to any other student. 

The module provides an introduction: a conceptual overview and empirical illustrations intended to help students understand and analyse the key challenges, actors, and institutions of contemporary international public policy. Students learn how to think analytically and critically about topics and policy challenges in global governance, how to conceptualise problems, how to think through the incentives and constraints of policymakers, state and non-state actors, and the potential for and limitations of collective action and institutions. We typically cover these foundations in the first part of the course and then spend the second part of the course discussing specific issue areas. The module typically covers topics such as international security, international trade, development, human rights, democracy, and the environment. 

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Not Running 2022/23 - PUBL0091 - Business and Government

This module provides an overview of business and politics drawing on an interdisciplinary approach from Political Science, Public Management, Business studies and Political Economy. It typically will explore concepts such as business power in politics, the rise of the firm as a political actor, interest intermediation in a comparative political context; Interest group organisation and lobbying strategies; management of political strategies and corporate political activity; government affairs offices and revolving doors. Drawing on examples, students will be encouraged to apply analytical skills to study how business designs and implements effective lobbying strategies.

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Not Running in 2022/23 - PUBL0093 - Migration, Politics and Policy

This module explores the political economy of migration (forced and otherwise) in the 21st century.  During the module students may engage with literature from political science, economics, political psychological and migration studies on the ongoing debates about migration and optimal migration policies.  Topics may include the consequences of legal rights of migrants, gendered migration, the real economic impact of migration (migration and the labour market), forced migration, the nexus between migration and conflict and migration and security. Incoming students are expected to have a familiarity with core concepts in political science, political economy, or international relations.

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PUBL0094 - The Ethics of Social Media

This module explores the ethical questions raised by mass social media. Our lives, both public and private, are now fundamentally shaped by social media. Social media are hugely powerful forces in our lives. This modules asks: are they forces for good or for ill?

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PUBL0095 - European Politics, Policy and Law in Practice

This module complements your academic study of EU politics, policy and law with practice-led learning. It is taught through a curated programme of moderated conversations with guest speakers who are practitioners in these fields, combined with practical task-based sessions centred on exercises in the production of formats of analysis used in practice.

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PUBL0096 - Doing Human Rights Work

Each week will be some combination of whole class, paired, and small group discussion/activities. Guest speakers will also be invited to contribute to some of the sessions. In weeks where a guest speaker is present, they will participate in / lead the discussion, but it won't substantially change how the class runs. The guest speaker sessions will be structured discussions around the teaching topics for the week. So rather than the speakers guest lecturing, the students (and I) will come prepared with questions for the speaker based on the readings for the week.

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PUBL0097 - Data, Evidence and Public Policy

The module seeks to address a variety of questions, including: How is "big data" used in the development of public policy? How can data science and artificial intelligence be used to inform policymaking and improve the provision of public services? How do practitioners include data science tools in the policy workflow? What are the ethical or social implications of the use of such tools? And how are these shaped by the evolving regulatory environment? 

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PUBL0098 - The Politics of Public Policy

This module introduces students to key models of the politics that affect policy formation and delivery. Drawing on theories of political economy, the module addresses how specific political institutions shape and constrain the policymaking process. Students will study the key normative frameworks that help to inform policy choices; the social dilemmas that are common to many public policy challenges, such as externalities, and collective action and coordination problems; and a series of challenges faced by political actors intending to implement good governance, including features of the political process that affect incentives (such as electoral and legislative institutions), and more fundamental issues that can lead to suboptimal outcomes (such as information problems and commitment problems).

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PUBL0099 - Quantitative Text Analysis for Social Science

Growth of text data in recent years, and the development of a set of sophisticated tools for analysing that data, offers important opportunities for social scientists to study questions that were previously amenable to only qualitative analyses. This module will allow students to take advantage of these opportunities by providing them with an understanding of, and ability to apply, tools of quantitative text analysis to answer important questions in the fields of social science and public policy

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PUBL0101 - Innovation Policy

Drawing on case studies and theoretical elements, students will be encouraged to apply analytical skills to study how governments, international fora, and firms design and implements effective innovation policy and the interaction between them.

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PUBL0102 - American Foreign Policy

This module examines the principal motivations, interests, dynamics, and debates that shape U.S. foreign policy in the contemporary world. The module also contextualises US foreign policy in the broader study of global politics and international relations. It explores theoretical explanations and empirical examples of U.S. foreign policy, as well as impacts of U.S. foreign policy in different contexts. 

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PUBL0103 - LGBTIQ Movements and Rights

The module examines the role of sexual orientation and gender identity in politics drawing on multidisciplinary research on social movements, transnational rights advocacy, identity politics, public opinion and political behaviour, as well as regional studies. In many countries, the subject of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) rights has entered the political discourse with unprecedented speed and suddenness.