Changing Patterns of Democracy POLITIC4132

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines transformations in the classical design of democratic statehood in recent decades.

Timetable

Mondays 11.00-13.00

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Politics 2A and Politics 2B

 

Recommended Entry Requirements

Politics 1A and Politics 1B.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Assessment

Summative assessment is based on one essay of between 2,000 and 2,500 words and an exam of two hours. Each counts for 50% of the final grade.

 

 

Reassessment

In accordance with the University's Code of Assessment reassessments are normally set for all courses which do not contribute to the honours classifications. For non honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students, and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions are listed below in this box.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course examines transformations in the classical design of democratic statehood in recent decades. In particular, it identifies and analyzes three widespread factors that have brought far-reaching change to the classical relation between institutions in democratic polities: (1) the rising authority of transnational norms; (2) the rapid growth in the power of judicial actors, both in national and transnational settings; (3) the increasing integration of private actors in governance functions.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Analyse changes in the institutional design of contemporary democracies

■ Explain the constitutive power of transnational norms in contemporary polities

■ Analyse the status of judiciaries (national and transnational) in contemporary democracies

■ Engage critically with sociological processes driving the rise in judicial authority

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.