BA Politics and Modern History / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The course will cover a variety of approaches to, and applications of, political argument and their real world applications. The topics selected change from year to year and are chosen as the special topics of research of the staff teaching on the course that year. In previous years the issues covered were 'The Problem of Dirty Hands'. ‘Designer Babies’, ‘The Ethics of Voting’, ‘Punishment’ and ‘Terrorism’. Students will be taught in lectures and tutorials by a lecturer who is or recently has been conducting research on the topic they are teaching. The course offers a real insight into cutting-edge research and how political theory arguments apply to the real world.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Introduction to Political Theory||POLI10702||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Ideals of Social Justice||POLI20881||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Challenges for Democratic Politics||POLI20961||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
Please note that you only need to have met ONE of the above pre-requisities to take POLI20602
This course will introduce students to a selection of recent work in political theory with particular focus on how these theoretical debates apply to current political controversies. Theoretical arguments about (among other topics) the interface between morality and politics, the nature of toleration, freedom of expression, group rights, and global justice will be applied to practical political problems.
On completion of this unit successful students will:
Have gained a deeper understanding of certain key normative debates in politics
Be able to apply theoretical arguments about abstract concepts to practical political controversies Be able to analyse normative arguments critically
Be able to construct and defend their own normative arguments in an analytically rigorous fashion
Teaching and learning methods
Tutorials are taken by the lecturers who lecture that week.
One 2-hour exam: 60%
One 2600-word essay: 40%
Politics staff will provide feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission via Blackboard (if submitted through Turnitin).
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. This applies to Semester 2 modules only. Semester one modules with no final examination will have their feedback available within the 15 working days.
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. Tutors and Course Convenors also have a dedicated office hour when you can meet with her/him to discuss course unit specific problems and questions.
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
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||2|
|Independent study hours|
|Stephen De Wijze||Unit coordinator|
POLI 10702 (Introduction to Political Thought) is a pre-requisite.