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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryIntroduction 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.

This course is only available to students taking either single honours or joint honours degrees involving Politics or International Relations. All other students must take Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists.

Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists (PLIT08012)
Other requirements This course is only available to students on named Politics & International Relations degrees.
Additional Costs Please note the required text books may cost as much as 60.00
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  465
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Tutorial participation: 10%
Essay: 40%
Exam: 50%

In order to pass the course, you must obtain a mark of at least 40% in the examination and for the course overall.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Introduction to Politics and International Relations2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Introduction to Politics and International Relations2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge of key themes, theories and concepts in the study of politics and IR.
  2. exhibit comparative knowledge of different political institutions and their theoretical and practical significance within democracies in particular.
  3. have developed fundamental readings and writing skills as well as learned to employ academic referencing standards.
  4. have developed the ability to apply their knowledge to the understanding and discussion of contemporary issues and problems in democratic systems.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements Only students enrolled on single Honours or joint Honours Politics or International Relations can be enrolled on this course. All other students must take Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for non-specialists.

Additional Class Delivery Information One hour tutorial and one hour discussion group per week.
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Course organiserDr Stephen Hill
Tel: (0131 6)51 5362
Course secretaryMr Euan Morse
Tel: 0131 (6)51 1137
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