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BA Politics

Academic Year 2017/18

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Programme Title

BA Politics

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Arts

Programme Code

POL-BA-S

UCAS Code

L200

JACS Code

L200 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Additional Relevant Information
Entrance Requirements
A-level: ABB for BA Single Honours and BA Joint Honours with English, History and International Studies. BBB for other BA Joint options.

For general information, see www.qub.ac.uk/pisp
• The internship scheme involves work placements with a range of government agencies and political parties at Stormont, as well as the Police Ombudsman, the BBC and local non-governmental agencies and consultancies. Students spend three days a week seconded to an organization, providing them with vital work experience and exposure to the world of policy-making. This counts as a double-weighted module and requires students to produce a weekly reflective learning journal based on their practical experiences, but involving the application of insights from academic literature relevant to their place of work. The internships are usually unpaid and last for a semester. They are designed to foster practical work experience and a range of vocational skills to enhance a student’s employability. Students have to apply for the internship via CV, covering letter and formal interview conducted by school academic staff. Internships although encouraged on the programme are not guaranteed. The Convenor of the Internship Scheme is currently Dr Muiris MacCarthaigh (Email m.maccarthaigh@qub.ac.uk). Each student on internship is also appointed an academic supervisor from with the School.

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Politics and International Relations (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Roberta Guerrina (Politics/International Studies)

University of Surrey

Dr Isabelle Engeli (Politics/International Studies)

University of Bath

Dr Michael Bacon

Royal Holloway, University of London

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No

Programme Specific Regulations

At Level II a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed below.

At Level III a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed below.

A student who has transferred onto this Single Honours programme having only completed 60 CATS at Level I in the Single Honours subject may at Level II or Level III substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed below.

On completing Level I a Joint Honours student who has passed 60 CATS at Level I in Politics modules may be admitted to this Single Honours programme having obtained the approval of the advisor of studies for the programme.

A Joint Honours student wishing to be admitted to the Single Honours programme must have passed the following modules: PAI1007; PAI1009.

The admission requirement of ABB is waived provided students have achieved an average mark across the 60 CATS of 60 or above.

Students with protected characteristics

The School works with internship and placement providers and partner institutions to ensure that students with disabilities are able to complete residence abroad requirements.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

• To provide students with the intellectual tools to reflect upon Politics both by theoretical explorations of the nature of politics and by comparisons with other societies

• to encourage, support and foster critical, independent and analytical thinking to enable students to come to their our understanding of politics;

• to provide students with an in depth knowledge and understanding of the core areas of the discipline; to complement that essential knowledge with modules from outside the core areas;

• to foster an attitude of self-motivated and independent learning;

• to equip students with a set of key, subject, employability and transferable skills;

• to encourage a professional attitude towards self-organisation and time-management; to equip students to be active and engaged citizens

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The Single Honours Politics programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire and develop generic analytical, reasoning, literacy and communication skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The teaching /learning methods and strategy of the Single Honours Politics is made up of a wide variety of teaching and learning methods ranging from lectures, tutorials, role play, and student led discussion and students choosing module topics, small-group work.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays (including students choosing their own essay and dissertation topics), exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations, group work and leaning logs.

At the end of the programme, students will be able to confidently formulate and express their own (and opposing) political views on a variety of topics.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The modules within the programme are laid out to foster the development of the above cognitive skills, and are delivered through a variety of teaching methods including formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and handouts.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays (including students choosing their own essay and dissertation topics), exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and leaning logs.

At the end of the programme learners will have the capacity to be self-reflexive and practice sound judgement, and will possess the necessary skills to enhance their ability to think critically and independently.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learner will gain both skills and confidence through oral and written assignments, discussion groups and team tasks.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays (including students choosing their own essay and dissertation topics), exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and leaning logs.

The learner will understand the general methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of Politics, as well as develop in depth and extensive knowledge of the history of the discipline, its specific concepts, issues and vocabulary.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Self-reflection and evaluation will further enhance the critical thinking and sound judgement of the learner.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays (including students choosing their own essay and dissertation topics), exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and leaning logs.

The learner will be able to solve problems, process and prioritise a wide variety of information and interpretations of data/information, and be confident and able to express arguments and positions in oral and written form.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learner will be introduced to problem solving and information processing strategies, as well as general methodological and theoretical approaches to the study of Politics.

Methods of Assessment

Assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays (including students choosing their own essay and dissertation topics), exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and leaning logs.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The Single Honours in Politics will give students the opportunity to develop in depth and extensive knowledge and understanding about the nature and significance of Politics as a human activity.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours in Politics enables learners to develop in depth and extensive knowledge and understanding of Politics from normative/theoretical, comparative, institutional/administrative, policy and historical perspectives.

Methods of Assessment

Learners will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative means, including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and learning logs.

They will be able to apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions, policies, social/political movements, political parties and practices.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Learning methods to this effect include locating and organising information, small group work and teamwork, tutorial participation, written assignments, debate and discussion, role play.

Methods of Assessment

Learners will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative means, including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and learning logs.

In addition, learners will engage with all four specialist research areas in Politics at Queens (Political Theory; International Studies and Comparative Politics; Irish Politics and European Governance) as well as undertake a significant piece of independent research.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

While these teaching and assessment methods are intended to deliver information to the students and test their knowledge of that information, it is expected that students engage with knowledge on their own terms and develop the skills and confidence to independently process and understand that knowledge.

Methods of Assessment

Learners will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative means, including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and learning logs.

They will engage with the major issues and debates about differing political systems; the nature and distribution of power; and the attending social, economic and cultural aspects within which power operates.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Learners will participate in teaching methods that include formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and handouts.

Methods of Assessment

Learners will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative means, including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and learning logs.

They will be able to apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions, policies, social/political movements, political parties and practices.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

It helps them to build on their existing knowledge and understanding acquired at 2nd level education (or equivalent).

Methods of Assessment

Learners will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative means, including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and learning logs.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Learners will engage with subject specific skills such as: developing knowledge and understanding (e.g. about differing political institutions); generic intellectual skills (e.g. constructing a reasoned argument based on evidence and argument); and transferable skills (e.g. collaborative work, time management, prioritising information/data; awareness and appreciation of different perspectives on the same topic/issue).

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Self-reflection and evaluation will further enhance the critical thinking and sound judgement of the learner.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

In addition, students will be introduced to the basic methodological issues of Politics, which will enable them to complete a significant piece of independent research through a dissertation or placement.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learner will gain both skills and confidence through oral and written assignments, discussion groups and team tasks.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

Political Theory; Irish Politics; International Relations and Comparative Politics; and European Governance.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Learning methods to this effect include locating and organising information, small group work and teamwork, tutorial participation, written assignments, debate and discussion, role play.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The Single Honours in Politics allows students to develop in depth and extensive knowledge of four key areas of the study of Politics:

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours Politics programme encourages learners to develop specific knowledge and understanding about politics.
The teaching methods used to embed this knowledge and understanding include formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and handouts, small group teaching, student-led discussions and role play. Teaching staff are supported and engaged to propose, develop, implement and disseminate innovations in teaching, learning and assessment.

Methods of Assessment

The methods used to assess this knowledge include a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and learning logs.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The Single Honours Politics programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire and develop generic critical thinking, analytical reasoning, data gathering, literacy and communication skills which will be beneficial in terms of employment or further study.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

This broad portfolio of skills will be delivered through a variety of teaching methods including formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and handouts.

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The learner will be able to solve problems, process and prioritise a wide variety of information, and express arguments and positions in oral and written form.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

and the ability to work independently.

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

t the end of the programme learners will have the capacity to be self-reflexive and practice sound judgement, and will possess the necessary skills to enhance their ability to think critically, work in collaboration, demonstrate initiative, and effectively use communication and information technology where appropriate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

career management (including building a learning portfolio and developing a CV);

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

t the end of the programme learners will have the capacity to be self-reflexive and practice sound judgement, and will possess the necessary skills to enhance their ability to think critically, work in collaboration, demonstrate initiative, and effectively use communication and information technology where appropriate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

time management skills (working to deadlines, prioritising demands);

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

t the end of the programme learners will have the capacity to be self-reflexive and practice sound judgement, and will possess the necessary skills to enhance their ability to think critically, work in collaboration, demonstrate initiative, and effectively use communication and information technology where appropriate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

IT skills (including PowerPoint, use of the internet as a research tool, email, Queens Online);

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

t the end of the programme learners will have the capacity to be self-reflexive and practice sound judgement, and will possess the necessary skills to enhance their ability to think critically, work in collaboration, demonstrate initiative, and effectively use communication and information technology where appropriate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

interpersonal skills (small group or team work activities, debate, discussion), including the ability to understand, appreciate and evaluate a variety of positions and perspectives on the same topic or issue;

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

At the end of the programme learners will have the capacity to be self-reflexive and practice sound judgement, and will possess the necessary skills to enhance their ability to think critically, work in collaboration, demonstrate initiative, and effectively use communication and information technology where appropriate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

writing skills (note-taking, organisational skills, logical progression of argument, the ability to gather information from a wide range of both contemporary and archival sources, prioritising information);

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The learner will be able to solve problems, process and prioritise a wide variety of information, and express arguments and positions in oral and written form.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

communication (presentations, written assignments, teamwork);

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The Single Honours Politics programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire and develop generic critical thinking, analytical reasoning, data gathering, literacy and communication skills which will be beneficial in terms of employment or further study.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours Politics programme enables learners to develop a broad portfolio of skills which will enhance their employability and/or provide them with a sound basis for progression to further research at postgraduate level (either MA or Doctoral work) or elsewhere. The learner will develop skills in the following areas:

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Politics and Policy of the European Union

PAI2001

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Modern Political Thought

PAI2005

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Politics of Deeply Divided Societies

PAI2011

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Politics of Irish Literature

PAI3005

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Contemporary Political Philosophy

PAI3025

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Internship

PAI3097

3

40

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Irish Politics

PAI2013

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

International Relations

PAI2017

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Studying Politics

PAI2043

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Women and Politics

PAI3008

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Middle Eastern Politics

PAI3011

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Scotland and N Ireland: Points of Political Comparison

PAI3014

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

Dissertation (Politics and International Studies)

PAI3099

3

40

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Politics of Sustainable Development

PAI3026

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

American Politics

PAI2018

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

European Cultural Identities

PAI3027

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

40%

0%

60%

Perspectives on Politics

PAI1007

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Comparative Politics

PAI1009

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Contemporary Europe

PAI1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

World Politics

PAI1006

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

War and Visual Culture

PAI3044

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Security and Terrorism

PAI2055

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

International Organisations

PAI2056

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

Ethics, Power and International Politics

PAI3057

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Political Parties and Elections in Northern Ireland

PAI3058

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

National and Ethnic Minorities in European Politics

PAI3059

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Northern Ireland: A Case Study

PAI3064

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Challenges to contemporary party politics

PAI3067

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Politics, Public Administration and Policy-Making

PAI3068

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

US Foreign Policy

PAI3038

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Arms Control

PAI3039

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Security and Technology

PAI3073

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Global Resource Politics

PAI3012

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Issues in Contemporary Politics

PAI1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

British Politics in crisis?

PAI2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Placement

PAI3089

3

20

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Politics of Conflict Transformation - Maymester

PAI2020

2

20

YES

4 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Notes

Students are required to take the following TWO Compulsory modules: PAI1007 and PAI1009. Plus TWO modules from the following: PAI1001, PAI1006 and PAI1003. Plus TWO modules from those available across the Faculty which may include modules from other School.s

Students are required to take the following TWO Core modules: PAI2043 and PAI2005. Plus FOUR modules from the following:

Students will take either PAI3099 (DISSERTATION double weighted module), or PAI3097 INTERNSHIP (double weighted module) plus FOUR further modules OR Students may take SIX modules from below.