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Course Details in 2019/20 Session

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Module Title LH Problems in World Politics (Independent Study)
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 29302
Module Lead Nicola Smith
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Description This module is designed to allow students to apply academic knowledge acquired on their degree programme to a real world problem in world politics. ‘World politics’ does not preclude the selection of issues and problems which are primarily national or regional in nature. Students will be required to address a contemporary policy issue or policy problem, selected from a list provided by the module conveners (for example Brexit or the migration crisis). The students will need to research in depth, further explore the various dimensions of this policy/political problem in detail and then develop a policy brief that: a) Outlines the nature of the problem; b) Summarises and evaluates available solutions; c) Provides a policy recommendation. The intention is to shadow the sort of work done by think-tanks, NGOs and government departments in examining ways to resolve political/policy problems.
Learning Outcomes Module outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to: Express an advanced knowledge of a contemporary policy issue or political problem in world politics and apply this knowledge in a real world problem solving task. demonstrate an advanced knowledge of essay writing and reflective writing skills. demonstrate developed a range of employability skills including: communication skills, presentational skills, ability to work as a team, judgment and decision making and time-management Present advanced information using a range of equipment and technologies
Assessment 29302-01 : 1000 Word Reflective Paper : Coursework (25%)
29302-02 : Documentary : Coursework (75%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 1 x documentary (75%); 1 x 1000 word reflective paper (25%)

Reassessment: None
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