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POLS0006 Introduction to Politics - 1st Year BSc PPE students only

Course Code: POLS0006

Course Tutor: Dr Tim Hicks and Professor Adam Swift (Department of Political Science)

Length: Full Year (Autumn and Spring Terms)

Teaching: 60 contact hours

Assessment: 1500 word essay (25%) and one three hour exam (75%)

Credits: 30 credits, 8 (US), 15 (ECTS) 

Module Level: L4 (Introductory)

About this course

This module is a core first year module for students on the BSc Philosophy, Politics and Economics programme, it cannot be taken by external students.

The module covers concepts that are foundational for the scholarly study of political phenomena. Basic conceptual terms such as ‘power’, ‘democracy’, ‘identity’, and ‘equality’ are presented from a range of different perspectives.  Further, the module draws out the distinction between positive theories, normative theories, and empirical evidence.

On successful completion of this module students should have an understanding of:

  • core concepts for the study of politics;
  • the distinction between positive theories, normative theories, and empirical evidence relating to the study of politics;
  • how to critically evaluate theoretical arguments in the social sciences;
  • how to critically evaluate empirical evidence in the social sciences.