Politics 1A: Introduction to Politics POLITIC1001
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- School: School of Social and Political Sciences
- Credits: 20
- Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
- Typically Offered: Semester 1
- Available to Visiting Students: Yes
- Available to Erasmus Students: Yes
The course will introduce students to politics by focusing on institutional structures in the United Kingdom, with a look at concepts and issues that will include elections, political parties and organised interests. A multilevel governance approach will examine politics across Scotland and the UK, as well as explore Britain's global role in international organisations.
Lectures: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 1-2pm.
Tutorials: As required
Requirements of Entry
Final Examination (60%)
Class Essay (30%)
Tutorial Performance (10%)
Main Assessment In: December
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of politics by exploring basic political concepts and themes in a British context. In the process of exploring these basic concepts and themes, students will be exposed to the core components of British and Scottish politics, including political institutions and organisations - plus various forms of political participation. Students will also learn about the international organisations the UK is associated with, facilitating a better understanding of Britain's global role and the links between domestic and international politics.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
Students should work to attain the following abilities before undergoing summative assessment:
(a) to identify the key institutional components of a liberal-democratic political systems, and to distinguish the primary from the secondary functions of political institutions;
(b) to isolate, and to compare, the effects individuals have on political institutions, and the effects that institutions have on individuals;
(c) to distinguish empirical and normative political arguments;
(d) to analyse political concepts and theories;
(e) to apply those political concepts and theories to 'real world' examples and case studies;
(f) to interpret quantitative evidence.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Submission of the course essay and completion of the examination. Achievement of a minimum of Grade G.