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PO131-30 World Politics

Department
Politics & International Studies
Level
Undergraduate Level 1
Module leader
Iain Pirie
Credit value
30
Module duration
22 weeks
Assessment
40% coursework, 60% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

PO131-30

Module aims

The module aims to: *Provide students with an introductory overview of politics at the international level; *Introduce students to the concepts, issues and structure of the international political system, along with its complexity and continuing evolution; *Locate the theoretical debates on the nature of the international political system within contemporary world politics; *Locate contemporary concepts and issues of global politics within the international historical narrative

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

TBC

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • To become familiar with the major characteristics of world politics, as developed by scholars of international relations.
  • To acquire an understanding of the history of post-1945 world politics.
  • To acquire an awareness of some of the core concepts used in the study of world politics.
  • To be familiar with a range of contemporary scholarly literature on issues and problems in world politics.
  • To be able to critically analyse ideas about world politics, both orally and in writing.
Indicative reading list

TBC

Subject specific skills

TBC

Transferable skills

The module provides students with opportunities to acquire or develop the following:

Written communication skills
Oral communication skills
Skills of interpretation and the critical analysis of sources
Awareness and sensitivity to diversity (in terms of people, cultures) and the ability to understand unfamiliar ideas and ways of thinking
Ability to digest, retain and apply complex information and ideas
Ability to reference work appropriately
Time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines
The ability to reflect critically on what you have learned

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 22 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Seminars 22 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Private study 256 hours (85%)
Total 300 hours
Private study description

TBA

Costs

No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group D1
Weighting Study time
Essay 2000 words 40%
Online Examination 60%

2 Hour Exam (Summer)


  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
Feedback on assessment

Essay feedback will be returned within 20 working days of essay submission Formative and summative feedback will be provided in accordance with standard PAIS practice.

Past exam papers for PO131

Courses

This module is Core for:

  • Year 1 of UECA-LM1D Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies
  • Year 1 of UFRA-R1MA Undergraduate French with International Studies
  • Year 1 of UGEA-R2M1 Undergraduate German with International Studies
  • Year 1 of UHIA-VM11 Undergraduate History and Politics
  • Year 1 of UITA-R3M1 Undergraduate Italian with International Studies
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M100 Undergraduate Politics
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M16A Undergraduate Politics and International Studies
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M168 Undergraduate Politics and International Studies with Chinese
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M169 Undergraduate Politics and International Studies with Chinese (3 year)
  • Year 1 of UPOA-ML13 Undergraduate Politics and Sociology
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M163 Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M164 Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and German
  • Year 1 of UIPA-L2L8 Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M166 Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M165 Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Italian
  • Year 1 of UPOA-M162 Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and Quantitative Methods

This module is Optional for:

  • UECA-3 Undergraduate Economics 3 Year Variants
    • Year 1 of L100 Economics
    • Year 1 of L116 Economics and Industrial Organization
  • Year 1 of UECA-LM1D Undergraduate Economics, Politics and International Studies
  • Year 1 of UPHA-V7ML Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This module is Option list B for:

  • USOA-L301 BA in Sociology
    • Year 1 of L305 Sociology with Specialism in Cultural Studies
    • Year 1 of L303 Sociology with Specialism in Gender Studies
    • Year 1 of L304 Sociology with Specialism in Research Methods
    • Year 1 of L302 Sociology with Specialism in Social Policy