Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Politics and International Relations (PLIT08004)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||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.
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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|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 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
Take-Home Exam: 55%
In order to pass the course, you must obtain a mark of at least 40% in the examination and for the course overall.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Introduction to Politics and International Relations||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Introduction to Politics and International Relations||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate knowledge of key themes, theories and concepts in the study of politics and IR.
- exhibit comparative knowledge of different political institutions and their theoretical and practical significance within democracies in particular.
- have developed fundamental readings and writing skills as well as learned to employ academic referencing standards.
- have developed the ability to apply their knowledge to the understanding and discussion of contemporary issues and problems in democratic systems.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||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.
|Course organiser||Dr Stephen Hill
Tel: (0131 6)51 5362
|Course secretary||Mr Ethan Alexander
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001