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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004)

Course Outline
School School of Social and Political Science College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Politics Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course has a quota. Students may be added to or removed from the course listing up to and throughout week 1, once our seeding meeting has taken place.

[See quota details below]

Introduction to Politics and International Relations introduces conceptual material relevant to both politics and international relations students, such as the state, sovereignty, legitimacy, democracy, and power, together with relevant examples.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Please note the required text books may cost as much as 50.00
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  341
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-11 15:00 - 15:50
CentralLecture1-11 15:00 - 15:50
First Class Week 1, Monday, 15:00 - 15:50, Zone: Central. David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A There is a quota on this course. Please contact the course secretary on for further details.
Additional information Plus one hour tutorial starting Week 2
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Introduction to Politics and International Relations2:0016 sides
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:0016 sides-
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Aims: Introduction to Politics and International Relations (IPIR) seeks to provide:

- An introduction toconceptual issues relevant to both Politics and International Relations.

- An introduction to key institutions of modern states, and some current debates surrounding their operation;

- An examination of the development of global democracy in theory and in practice.

Objectives: By the end of IPIR we would expect students to be able to:

- Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the study of politics and IR;
- Exhibit comparative knowledge of different political institutions and their theoretical and practical significance;
- Apply their knowledge to the understanding of contemporary issues and problems in global democracies.
Assessment Information
Coursework (40%) plus examination (60%).

In order to pass the course, you must obtain a mark of at least 40% in the examination and for the course overall.
Special Arrangements
This course has A quota, with preference given in the following order: (1) First year students admitted to an International Relations degree or a degree including Politics (Honours or BA Humanities & Soc Sci), and Visiting Students holding a written offer of a place; (2) First year students whose main subject is in the School of Social and Political Studies (SSPS), or whose main subject has a joint degree with Politics (including Religion and Combined Studies); (3) Students taking second-year SSPS half-courses; (4) First Year students taking BA Humanities and Social Science, (5) other first year students in CHSS.

Note: Due to the popularity of the course Directors should inform students falling into categories 2-4 that they must attend the first class of the semester and fill in a registration form. If the total number of registrations exceeds 350, places will be allocated on the basis of the criteria above.
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Course organiser Dr Wilfried Swenden
Tel: (0131 6)50 4255
Course secretary Miss Ruth Nicol
Tel: (0131 6)50 4457
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