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Undergraduate Course: Fundamentals 2: Politics & International Relations (PLIT08010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits0 ECTS Credits0
SummaryThis course introduces students to the practice of politics and international relations outside academia. It helps students to understand potential career routes after graduation and how their studies relate to these. The course hosts presentations by former graduates on their own career paths.
Course description This course introduces students to the practice of politics and international relations outside academia. It helps students to understand potential career routes after graduation and the ways in which knowledge and skills acquired in PIR degrees relate to careers. The course is based around presentations by former PIR graduates which share insights about their own paths during their studies and afterward, and which are available for students' questions. The course will be assessed through a short reflective essay, in which students reflect on points made by the keynote speakers and how they might relate to their own career choices, and their working towards them. Awards are made on a pass/fail basis. Pass/Fail compulsory for progression to honours on MA Politics or MA International Relations (incl with Quants Methods).

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students studying a Politics or International Relations degree within the School of Social and Political Science
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  164
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 0 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 0 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Pass/Fail compulsory for progression to honours.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand the application of politics & international relations knowledge and skills beyond academia
  2. Identify different career routes following the completion of a degree in Politics & International Relations
  3. Identify how to use the curriculum, and additional learning resources at Edinburgh University to facilitate the transition into post-academic life.
Reading List
- Cressey, Laura, Barrett Helmer and Jennifer Steffensen (2014) Careers in International Affairs. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
- Gillman, Sally (2001) Politico¿s Guide to a Career in Politics and International Relations. London: Politicos.
- Rook, Steve (2013) The Graduate Career Guidebook. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
- Rowh, Mark (2003) Great Jobs for Political Science Majors. New York City: McGraw-Hill.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will run only from weeks 3-6 (October 4th to 25th).
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Course organiserDr Patrick Theiner
Course secretaryMr Ethan Alexander
Tel: (0131) 6 509 975
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