Module
descriptions

for Liberal Studies (Political Science) - BA (Hons) with Integrated Foundation

Foundation Level Modules

Foundation Seminar Part 1 and 2

The purpose of these modules is to introduce students to major ideas within the Western tradition through an encounter with its greatest works. The modules considers the Western tradition (including works of literature, philosophy, religion, art and science) from the ancient world to the Enlightenment. The modules will encourage and facilitate discussions and examinations of these ideas and how they relate to each other. The modules will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

Business and Management

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the study of business, its structure and functions, in a global environment. It will provide students with an understanding of different types of business structure and ownership, key business concepts, economic principles, and major functional areas of a business, including management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The module will also review the role of commercial organisations in society and ethical dilemmas in business.

Humanities

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the humanities. It will acquaint them both with the common elements shared between the constituent humanities disciplines and also with the difference in subject matter, approaches and techniques. The module will achieve this by choosing a particular theme that is the subject of interdisciplinary consideration within the humanities. The module will encourage and facilitate discussions and diverse examinations of this theme. The module will utilise a core text curriculum to deliver these aims.

International Relations

This module examines how state and non-state actors confront contemporary global problems. It also introduces students to the subfields of international relations: international security, international political economy, foreign policy, international relations theory, international organizations and international law.

Media Studies

This module aims to provide students with important conceptual tools for making sense of the relationships between media, society and culture. This module introduces students to the history, development and contemporary role of media and communications. In terms of history, this module maps the early development of modern media beginning with the printing press and early electronic media to social and mobile media. 

Psychology

The aim of this module is to encourage students’ understanding of, and enthusiasm for, psychology by providing a core understanding of the discipline and the topics studied by psychologists. The content will help students build awareness of what modern psychology is and will introduce them to the major branches of psychology. The module will highlight the applied aspects of the discipline and will describe the relevance of psychology to other subjects and disciplines at a theoretical and applied level. 

Political Science

This module aims to introduce students to the main concepts within the field of Political Science. Class will explore basic concepts such as state, nation, parties, elections, sovereignty, leaderships, power, parliaments, government and many more. Students will be introduced to methods of inquiry and theoretical frameworks that will enable them analytically examine wide range of political phenomena domestically and internationally. 

Quantitative Literacy

Quantitative Literacy introduces students to the basic concepts of data analysis. This module covers probability as well as descriptive and inferential statistics. The emphasis throughout is on “real world” application and the mathematical tools available to develop analytical as well as empirical thinking skills.

Scientific Understanding

The module provides an integrated and systemic introduction to the core principles of science. It explores the structure and functioning of our surroundings and of our own being, both at the macro and micro-scale, to include an overview of some of the most recent discoveries in the fields of genetics, gene expression and evolution. The module will also examine the application of current developments in nanotechnology and biotechnology to core areas of the Anthropocene, such as communication and information technological breakthroughs, agriculture, medicine and the environment.

First year modules

POL401 Theory and Practice in Political Science

This module aims to introduce students to the conceptual and practical challenges of governance in the 21st Century. Following the manner in which political, social, technological, economic, and cultural forces have co-evolved to shape the functions of power and structures of governance throughout history, it introduces students to key theoretical frameworks for exploring political phenomena and critically assessing dominant doctrines.

Core module for Political Science majors.

POL402 Introduction to Political Ideologies

This module aims to introduce students to the major political ideologies which have shaped the modern world. We will establish a clear conceptual framework for the study of political ideologies and learn some of the various methods of political classification. The module will provide an understanding of several major systems of political thought, investigating their origins, theoretical expression and practical effects.

Core module for Political Science majors.

POL403 Introduction to Comparative Politics

The Introduction to Comparative Politics module introduces students to core issues, theories and methods of political science. The module focuses on comparative political systems, such as regime types, institutions and parties. It highlights the emergence of democracies in the international system and compares this method of governance to other political arrangements. Students are introduced to various countries and case studies where they study the development of institutions and the impact of cultural norms, the organisation of the state and the behaviour of its participants. Topics may include state-formation, political participation, the role of institutions, violence, nationalism, ethnic identity, federalism and other systems. This module aims to develop comparative analytic skills and provide a theoretical framework for students to engage in independent research.

Core module for Political Science majors.

SOC401 Society and Mass Violence

The purpose of this module is to study the phenomenon of mass violence and the impact on its victims and its perpetrators. The module will focus on distinguishing between various forms of mass violence, such as genocide, and conditions which contribute to the occurrence of mass violence. A combination of psychological, sociological, and cultural perspectives will be examined, as well as other theory. The module will encourage students to incorporate theory, the wider context within which mass violence occurs, and factors specific to each particular event.

Core module for Political Science majors.

POL404 Energy, Security and Economics

Energy security refers to questions of risk and security of supply as well as volatility in energy prices, and to supplies that are dependable and not subject to unexpected disruptions. Global Energy Security is concerned with the interests of both supplier and producer countries, even though these groups certainly differ in their preferences regarding the terms on which energy should be traded. We study arrangements, institutions and policies that can contribute to energy security. The aim of this module is, therefore, to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the role of energy in the global economy, and to provide them with analytic tools to comprehend the complex dynamics of global energy markets.

Core module for Political Science majors.

Second year modules

POL501 The Politics of Gender

The Politics of Gender module aims to provide students with the theoretical knowledge and investigative tools to critically analyse the gendered power structures that shape the experiences of men and women in politics and conflicts by applying a feminist perspective. The module will explore the impact of gender on global politics, the relationship between gender and security, and the multiplicity of roles of gender in conflicts and post conflict societies. Students will gain a deep understanding of the different theories of gender and be able to comfortably and accurately use and apply the terms sex, gender, masculinity and femininity. The module also aims to analyse the translation of feminist theory into practice by exploring gendered components policy making at the international, and national level, as well as the varying degrees of interpretation and implementation. By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of feminist international relations, express a wide variety of issues in war and conflict as they relate to sex and gender concepts, and examine and provide a critique of national and international policies as they relate to addressing gender and conflict.

Core module for Political Science majors.

POL502 Research Methods for Political Science

Research Methods for Political Science will introduce students to the theory and practice of social research. The module focuses primarily on research methods and methodologies pertinent to political science, but will also engage with topics in sociology, human rights, and international relations. Students will learn about research methodology; design; analysis and output. The module will provide students with the skills and confidence necessary to conduct original research about a variety of issues in political science.

Core module for Political Science majors.

POL503 NGOs and Civil Society

The aim of this module is to introduce students to primary types of international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and understand the key skills and knowledge that enable the success of their personnel. The module will explore theories of civil society, globalisation, and other political science theories in relation to NGOs. The module will incorporate discussion and critical evaluation of the roles and activities of NGOs in international affairs, as well as evaluating the consequences of the political and moral choices of NGOs.

Core module for Political Science majors.

SOC501 Crime and Society

Crime and Society introduces students to the interdisciplinary study of deviance and criminal behaviour. It outlines key theories in criminology, sociology, and political science in particular giving students the opportunity to examine crime and victimisation from multiple perspectives. Students will analyse the social and psychological impact of violence on individual victims and vulnerable groups in different countries. They will produce persuasive arguments and written work informed by academic journals, books, and government reports. In so doing, they will demonstrate understanding of judicial processes and social and political responses to crime.

Core module for Political Science majors.

POL504 Global Human Trafficking

The Global Human Trafficking module explores topics pertaining to human trafficking, such as globalisation, international crime, gender, national and international policy and NGO campaigns. It aims to familiarise students with the political, socio-economic, and global context of human trafficking and modern slavery. The module takes an interdisciplinary approach, and enables students to critically assess human trafficking from a range of perspectives, including slavery, migration, human rights and international law, international crime, and the notion of work in a globalised economy. It offers students the opportunity to critically analyse historical and contemporary events, and situating such events in a theoretical and policy framework. Students are required to undertake a project in the field of human trafficking, through which they develop skills in research and analysis, and learn to synthesise a variety of contexts of a given situation.

Core module for Political Science majors.

POL601 British Politics

This module aims to allow students to study the British political system in depth. By the end of the module students will have familiarised themselves with the origins and functioning of the parliamentary system, the ideologies and structure of the main political parties and the most significant contemporary political and constitutional issues.

Core module for Political Science majors.

Third year modules

POL602 Theory and Practice of Social Enterprise

How can one innovate and develop creative solutions for social problems? This role, traditionally held by governments, has been increasingly taken up by individuals motivated by the desire for change. Economic, social and technological shifts have facilitated the emergence of a new breed of social activists, bringing an entrepreneurial spirit and culture into the societal realm. While examples of social entrepreneurship cover a highly varied range of projects, they all share one thing – the complex systemic nature of their challenges. Taking them on requires a new set of tools for both analysis and action. This module introduces students to new case studies and theories of social entrepreneurship, inspiring them to change their worlds.

Core module for Political Science majors.

POL603 European Politics: Integration and Polarisation

This module will introduce students to an academic study of international politics with particular emphasis on the European Union. The module will focus on processes of integration. However, this will be one of the focuses as other processes in European politics are going to be introduced to students. Diversity of political processes and options will provide material for study of polarisation in international politics. This module will provide opportunity for discussions and examinations of theories of integration and nationalism and how the two processes correlate to each other. Classes will be a mixture of lectures and seminars.

Core module for Political Science majors.

SOC601 Globalisation and Individual Lives

In this module students will develop an understanding of how global trends influence and penetrate social worlds and individual lives, and engage in a range of debates about constructing new forms of identity, especially with regards to themes such as gender, race, class, citizenship, religion or consumerism. Political and social issues will be explored from a range of theoretical political and sociological perspectives, and within an interdisciplinary approach. Students will be required to use the above knowledge to study and analyze these complex themes and situations within a theoretical, historical and global context.

Core module for Political Science majors.

Major Capstone (Dissertation)

The purpose of this module is to bring together the breadth of a Liberal Arts student’s learning and experience to bear on a major project. Starting from the student’s major area of study the project will reach out to incorporate elements from the totality of learning on the programme and the realisation of the breadth that a Liberal Arts graduate has achieved. The Capstone can take the form of a reflective practice-based project or a traditional written dissertation subject to meeting the word-length equivalencies below. The Capstone will run over two semesters and will be supervised by a minimum of one supervisor although two may be allocated depending on the nature of the work.