Department of Political Science


POLS0005 Modern Classics in Political Analysis - 1st Year BSc PPE students only

Course Code: POLS0005

Course Tutor: Dr Lauge Poulsen (Department of Political Science)

Length:  One term (Spring term)

Teaching: 20 contact hours

Assessment: 2000 word book review (40%) and one two hour exam (60%)

Credits: 15 credits, 4 (US), 7.5 (ECTS) 

Module Level: L4 (Introductory)

research design, concept formation, theory building, theory testing, ‘big books’

About this course

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

This course will make students engage with a number of modern classics in political analysis. After introducing questions surrounding concept formation, theorizing, and analytical strategies, the course will engage with a selection of core books in the political science discipline.

By the end of the course, students should have attained:

  • A clear grasp of the challenges in concept formation, theory building, and analytical strategies;
  • Knowledge of some of the major works in political science and international relations.
  • An awareness of different research designs and approaches to political analysis.