PO1101 Introduction to Politics and Global Studies I by moti


									PO1101: Introduction to Politics and Global Studies I
2. Credits    15          Level        1             Status       C            Module        PO 1101

3. Subject      Politics and Global Studies          Type Taught

4. Prerequisites        None
   Co-requisites        PO1102

5. Learning Outcomes

a) a foundational knowledge of key concepts for Political Studies
b) an introductory subject knowledge for the study of Politics in a global frame, including the
   development of the international system in Europe from the 17th C onwards
c) a basic understanding of political vocabulary and an ability to articulate concepts about the
   economic, historical and cultural contexts relevant to Politics and Global Studies

Students will gain the following skill outcomes:

d) a basic ability to identify, locate and distinguish fundamental sources in print and on-line
e) initial presentation skills
f) development of skills in communication in written and oral forms
g) development of skills in argumentation and advocacy
h) ability to work independently and in groups

6. Catalogue Summary

 This module – continued into the second semester of Year 1 – introduces significant themes,
 theoretical perspectives and concepts in Politics and Global Studies, and aims to develop an initial
 understanding of the methodologies and practices of the discipline of Politics where it comes into
 contact with related subject areas such as international relations, economics and religion. This is
 achieved via a pattern of work presented via lectures, workshops, tutorials and seminars.

7. Assessment Criteria &               Weight        Pass Req     Comments
   Pattern                             %
Library Exercise – 1000 words          25%           Agg
Iterative Essay – 1000 words (x        50%           Agg          In assessment weeks
    2)                                 25%
Timed Exercise (Commentary) –
1000 words

8. Indicative Tutorial Team
     Dr William Sheward, Dr Paul Sheeran, Alasdair Spark
9. Indicative Teaching Methods


10. Indicative Learning Activities Hours        Comments

 Lecture/Seminar/Workshop            24
 Student Managed Learning           126
 Total                              150

11. Sample Assignments

Library Research Exercise: Select a subject of your choice relevant to the module. Compile
a 10 item bibliography relating to this subject and write a report justifying your choice of
topic and evaluating the utility of the sources selected.

Iterative Essay: In what way did the terms of the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 contribute to
the establishment of the international system of the twentieth century?

Commentary: Write a critical commentary on any one primary text used in the module. This
is set during the assessment weeks with the document to be collected and returned within a
week of being set

12. Indicative Outline Content

This module – and its second part in the second semester – identifies and raises awareness of
key concepts, themes and theories of Politics and Global Studies which recur throughout the
course such as political philosophy, rational and public choice, liberalism, Marxism and its
derivatives, environmentalism, relativism, realism and its derivatives, conservatism and
nationalism. This first element focuses on the theoretical frameworks that underpin political
institutions and international relations. Students will become familiar with contemporary geo-
political contexts within the framework of the ordering of the world in the post-1945
environment. The course traces superpower relations and issues during the Cold War, the
post-Cold War political developments and the world as shaped by the consequences of 9/11.
An underlying theme of the module is to introduce a central course theme, namely a world
that, while still dominated by the US, is undergoing an era of uncertainty. The course aims to
describe political phenomena in its historical and social contexts as a framework with which
to understand political actors and their behaviour in, for example, decision-making.
13 Indicative Reading

Baylis, J and Smith, S (eds), The Globalisation of World Politics : An Introduction to
International Relations (2005)
Bickerton, D et al, Politics Without Sovereignty (2006)
Brezinski, Z The Grand Chessboard : American Primacy and its Geostrategic Imperatives
Brown, M Primacy and its Discontents : American Power and International Stability
Elias, J and Sutch, P International Relations ; The Basics (2006)
Gray, C War, Peace and International Relations : An Introduction to Strategic History
Griffiths, M International Relations : Key Concepts (2004)
Halperin, M and Clapp, P Bureaucratic Politics and Foreign Policy (2006)
Griffiths, M International Relations Theory for the 21st Century (2007)
Ikenberry, J Liberal Order and Imperial Ambition. Essays on American Power and
International Order (2006)
Little R and Smith, S (eds), Perspectives on World Politics (2005)
Roach, S Critical Theory and International Relations (2006)
Weber, C International Relations Theory (2005)

 Journal of International Relations
 Review of International Studies
 Journal of Politics
Web Sites
 The Globalist, www.globalist.org
 Global Issues, www.globalissues.com
 Global Politics, www.globalpolitics.net

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