Political Science Programme

1. Aims of the programme:

To offer an honours degree programme in the field of Political Science. At the end of the Programme, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate enhanced critical and analytical skills, look for underlying principles, and identify and analyse key concepts;
  • demonstrate the skill of independent thinking, good writing skills, a facility for independent learning, investigation and effective organisational skills;
  • present their own critical understanding of the issues studied to tutors and peers, and to engage in dialogue with them;
  • establish an awareness of key theoretical and methodological issues involved in the study of regional and international politics, and to be able to distinguish between a variety of methods of enquiry;
  • analyse key topics related to the discipline on the basis of directed and independent reading, and to produce good quality essays while meeting deadlines;
  • understand and use the main concepts, approaches and theories of the discipline; to analyse, interpret and evaluate political events, ideas and institutions; and to relate the academic study of politics to questions of public concern which are transferable to a wide range of employment contexts and life experiences;
  • place questions of political and international order and decision-making at the centre of analysis;
  • understand elements of continuity and change in the study of politics and to be able to apply their knowledge to specific case studies;
  • work within a supportive and responsive learning environment that is enriched by research and in which the academic development and career opportunities of students are enhanced;
  • acquire key transferable skills including analysis of opinion, argument and fact; evaluation of evidence and hypothesis; synthesis of debate; appropriate use of communication and information technology; and clear communication – all of which lead to students becoming productive and interactive members of society.

Feedback on all aspects of this programme will be obtained via standard procedures from the University’s framework for quality assurance, as defined by the UK QAA.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

3. Intended Learning Outcomes

 a. Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Selected concepts and methods involved in the academic discipline of Political Science;
  2. Political Science as a comprehensive discipline that deals with international and regional relations, political economy, international law, foreign policy, political economy and political theory;
  3. Political phenomena, which we explore using general theories and on which we reflect both normatively and positively;
  4. The workings of political institutions and actors, foreign policy, political processes and the policy outputs of governance and regulatory structures;
  5. Different political systems operating at the national, Middle Eastern, and international level;
  6. The interaction between national, regional, and international levels and the links between inputs, processes, and outcomes;
  7. Middle Eastern and international politics framed in terms of political theory, national political systems, international relations, political economy, law,  ideology, state-society relations, and foreign policy analysis;
  8. The nature and significance of politics as a human activity.

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated

Modules are typically delivered using a combination of lectures and tutorials. Assessment is via a combination of written examinations and coursework (which includes presentations and essays). Coursework forms a particularly important form of assessment that can be used to : (i) strongly motivate independent learning; (ii) improve student planning and time management; (iii) develop the comprehension and usage of English as the language of instruction, self-expression and writing within a non-native English speaking environment. 

Skills and other attributes

b. Subject-specific cognitive skills

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. use multiple sources and critically evaluate research strategies and methods, the range employed varying according to purpose;
  2. apply concepts and theories used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideologies, institutions, and practices;
  3. Compare, contrast, and evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events in a logical, systematic manner;
  4. Identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems.

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated

Cognitive skills are promoted by lectures, small group work, class discussions, and independent study consisting of research essays and a dissertation.

Cognitive skills are assessed by coursework and examinations. Examinations show how well the student can demonstrate their mastery of an area of scholarly knowledge by being asked to respond from memory to a series of unseen questions within a limited time period. Coursework allows students to demonstrate wider academic skills focused on the wider, personally motivated skill of scholarly research, systematic analysis, and organised, academic writing.

c. Key/transferable skills

 On successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

  1. Gather, organise and deploy evidence data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources
  2. Think critically and analytically about the subject matter;
  3. Construct reasoned arguments based upon theoretical and empirical foundations;
  4. Reflect on their own learning and make use of constructive feedback;
  5. Manage their own learning self-critically;
  6. Recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study which requires critical and reflective use of information and communications technology in the learning process;
  7. Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing;
  8. Use communication and information technology, including audiovisual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information, including, where appropriate, statistical or numerical information;
  9. Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self organisation and time management, progressing through the degree Programme to become a mature, independent learner;

Teaching, learning and assessment strategies to enable outcomes to be achieved and demonstrated

All Political Science modules have tutorials and/or dedicated office hours. Tutorials provide for both individual participation and group work. Students are given guidance on using library facilities and using ICT, and on-going advice and help is available. All modules make use of ICT facilities. Students are advised on the skills associated with effective time-management, and required to meet deadlines on a regular basis.

Programme Structures for Political Science 2015-2016
Programme Structures for Political Science 2016-2017
Programme Structures for Political Science 2017-2018

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