Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The principal aims of PO102, therefore, are to: *Offer an introduction to the nature of research in 21st century politics and international relations; *Introduce the principal qualitative research methods and techniques used in Political Science and their advantages and limitations; *Offer an introduction to the use of quantitative methods in political research and their role as a complement to qualitative methods; *Identify some of the main ethical problems that arise in politics and international relations research; *Promote confidence and enhance written and verbal communication skills and abilities as a critical thinker; *Focus on a range of 'academic skills that both promote success in PAIS and enhance personal development.

Principal learning outcomes

Having completed PO102 successfully, students should be able to: *Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the principal research methods, approaches and techniques, qualitative and quantitative, used in the study of Politics and International Relations; *Understand the process of research design and the major stages that are involved in designing a research proposal; *Understand the ethical dilemmas that arise in the research process and strategies available for resolving them; *Utilise skillls as an 'independent learner' and 'researcher' and be confident and equipped in university study skills, including the critical anlaysis of a wide range of sources for research and study purposes; *Understand the nature of transferable skills and appreciate how academic skills translate into the 'transferable' and 'soft' skills required in employment and life beyond university.

Timetabled teaching activities

Autumn term - Spring term. The module is taught through one weekly lecture and one weekly seminar.

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Other essential notes

It is a core module for all first-year students taking Politics, and Politics with International Studies.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
30 CATS (Module code: PO102-30)
A (Assessed work only) 2500 word essay 33.4%
  2500 word essay 33.4%
  3000 word essay 33.4%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

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