Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Access to Arts and Social Sciences: Politics ADED11416E

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course introduces students to the concepts and theories of politics, and requires them to reflect upon and evaluate political systems. It focuses on key institutions and processes, illustrating salient themes by reference to contemporary and topical issues and debates.


2 hours per week for 20 weeks

Semesters 1&2: Thursdays, 18.00-20.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Two essays (each up to 1500 words) (25% each) 

Final 60-minute examination (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To put in place the basic understanding and skills needed for Level 1 undergraduate study in politics

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate an understanding of relevant political concepts;

■ Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of political processes and institutions;

■ Demonstrate the ability to recognise key questions in politics and respond appropriately in class discussions, written essays.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.