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Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
The Politics of Hate

Course unit fact file
Unit code POLI30452
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Politics
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This course builds upon aspects of other courses from second and third year from across the discipline by including elements of theory, electoral politics and issues of international politics. It takes a distinctive approach by considering the role of hate in politics. The course will have one 2hour lecture/workshop and one 1hour tutorial per week. Assessments are one essay (60%, 4,000words) and two small projects (20% each of 750 words).



1.    Provide students with overview of the dynamics of oppositional politics and its potential for hate;

2.    Introduce students to a range of tools used in oppositional politics which can imbed and perpetuate hate;

3.    Examine the manifestations of hate in politics through case studies.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students should be able to:


Knowledge and Understanding:

1. Articulate, in writing and in tutorials, an understanding of the dynamics of oppositional politics and ways in which hate can fuel and heighten this.

2. Articulate an understanding of strategic tools pervasive in oppositional politics and how these are deployed by political actors, particularly those in the relevant case studies.


Intellectual skills:

1. Apply this new understanding to their everyday interpretations of politics and political events.

2. Consider various political strategies from a range of perspectives.


Practical skills:

1. Traditional academic essay writing; short, focused, project writing; listening and engaging in debate about political strategy.

2. Research skills which deploys academic research knowledge and skills to assist in understanding emerging facts and commentary.

3. Be better informed spectators of political strategy and better informed consumers of political dynamics.


Teaching and learning methods

The course will be taught through one 2hour lecture and one 1hour tutorial each week. This will be supplemented by reading of core pieces (provided on Blackboard), the expectation that students will read relevant news items and online information about case studies.

Assessment methods

Assessment:¿Essay 4,000 words 60%; Projects: two projects of 20% each, 750 words

Feedback methods

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

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Angelia Wilson Unit coordinator

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