Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years
Mutually Exclusive

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 18 Hours. 18 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 8 Hours. 8 x 1 Hour
Other 4 Hours. 4 x 1 Hour Workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word essay  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  70%
Supplementary Assessment Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate through written work and examination, an understanding of the key concepts necessary to study Politics and International Politics at Part One level.
  • Apply this understanding to other areas of study
  • Write essays in an academic context
  • Use appropriate referencing techniques
  • Compile a bibliography
  • Identify and implement appropriate reading strategies

Brief description

The primary aim of the module is to ensure that students are provided with an understanding of the key concepts necessary to study Politics and International Politics at Part One. Lectures and readings will focus on the meaning of principal concepts in the field, their location within a larger perspective, and their application to theoretical and empirical analysis. Students will have the opportunity to develop advanced conceptual skills relevant to the design and development of all the work they will produce in the Department. The module also aims to introduce students to key skills as well as raise awareness of Personal Development Plans.


The module is devised around questioning the idea of `progress?. Topics are grouped in four sections, and after each section a round-table is held to discuss issues arising from the theme.
Change and Progress: Ideology; History; Progress; The State and European Integration
War and Conflict : War; Terrorism; Deterrence; Containment
State and System: Sovereignty; The Westphalian System; Democracy; Nationalism
Rich and Poor: Colonialism; Globalization; Global Justice; Development

Four seminars will focus on the topics of each section and four on improving student study skills.

The study skills seminars will cover the following topics:
  • Essential Reading and Note-taking Skills
  • Seminars and Presentations
  • Essay writing, Citations and Bibliographies
  • Exams

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format and the presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication.
Problem solving Independent project work and problem solving will be one of the central goals of the module; the submission of an essay will require that the student develops independent research skills as well as problem solving skills.
Research skills The submission of an essay will reflect the independent research skills of the student. The need to locate appropriate research resources and write up the results will also facilitate research skills. Research preparation for a seminar presentation will develop independent project skills.


This module is at CQFW Level 4