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BSocSc Politics and International Relations
Gain the skills to critical examine international and comparative politics.

BSocSc Politics and International Relations

Year of entry: 2018

Course unit details:
What is Europe?

Unit code POLI20991
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Politics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

The course unit aims to:

·      Familiarise students with different interpretations of the term ‘Europe’, and why they matter for our understanding of contemporary European themes and topics

·       Place different countries and regions within their socio-historical context.

·       Focus on the significance of the European Union (EU) and the end of the Cold War for the developments which have taken place since the 1980s

·       Assist students in their oral and written communication skills

Aims

The course unit aims to:

·      Familiarise students with different interpretations of the term ‘Europe’, and why they matter for our understanding of contemporary European themes and topics

·       Place different countries and regions within their socio-historical context.

·       Focus on the significance of the European Union (EU) and the end of the Cold War for the developments which have taken place since the 1980s

·       Assist students in their oral and written communication skills

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, successful students will be able to:

·       Utilise an interdisciplinary, historically informed framework for studying the evolution of European politics, society and economy

·       Relate general, pan-European developments to more specific, local case studies, be it different countries or regions in Europe

·       Critically reflect on how processes of transformation and change co-exist with underlying continuities and stabilities

·        Pursue independent study and learning, and the improvement of oral and written skills

Teaching and learning methods

20 hours of lectures over 10 weeks, 10 hours of tutorials over 10 weeks - 30 hours in total. The aim will be to promote enquiry-based learning through the use of lectures, student presentations, workshop formats, and open discussions.

Blackboard will be used as a repository for the introductory lecture slides, presentation materials, and course information.

Assessment methods

Essay: 2600 words worth 40% 

Exam: 2 hour written exam worth 60%

Feedback methods

Politics staff will provide feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission.

Students should be aware that all marks are provisional until confirmed by the external examiner and the final examinations boards in June.

For modules that do not have examination components the marks and feedback for the final assessed component are not subject to the 15 working day rule and will be released with the examination results.

You will receive feedback on assessed essays in a standard format. This will rate your essay in terms of various aspects of the argument that you have presented your use of sources and the quality of the style and presentation of the essay. If you have any queries about the feedback that you have received you should make an appointment to see your tutor.

On assessments submitted through Turnitin you will receive feedback via Blackboard. This will include suggestions about ways in which you could improve your work in future. You will also receive feedback on non-assessed coursework, whether this is individual or group work. This may be of a more informal kind and may include feedback from peers as well as academic staff

Recommended reading

Delanty, G. (2013) Formations of European Modernity: A Historical and Political Sociology of Europe (Palgrave).

Outhwaite, W. (2017) Contemporary Europe (Routledge).

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 20
Tutorials 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 70

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Ian Bruff Unit coordinator

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