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POL1045 : Politics: Essential Research Study Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Judy Murray
  • Teaching Assistant: Dr lucrezia Canzutti
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


POL1045 Political Research and Study Skills provides an essential foundation in basic study skills and the skills of data collection, evaluation, analysis and evidence that are necessary for the successful study of politics. The module will offer hands on and applied approaches in both qualitative and quantitative methods that are appropriate for those with no previous knowledge of politics, but will also provide new intellectual challenges for those with previous experience in studying politics. Students will be introduced to a series of contemporary problems in empirical political analysis, the types of data collected to improve our understanding of these problems, and the techniques used to analyse these data. The module will enable students to assess critically the quality of data, evidence and analyses produced by others, and will enable students to become independent researchers and present the findings of their own research in writing, orally and visually in reports.

Outline Of Syllabus

POL1045 will draw widely across the discipline by focusing on fundamental questions designed to engage student interest. These topics will be drawn from:
Political behaviour: Voting behaviour, protest movements, parties
Comparative Politics: Political development and modernisation, statism, electoral systems
International Relations: Balance of power, deterrence, globalisation
Political thought: Nationalism, Marxism
American Politics: Media and Politics, Campaigns, American Federalism

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery141:0014:00Individual portfolio feedback – contained in one ‘feedback week’ during seminar and lecture times
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Essay preparation/surgery
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1152:00152:00N/A
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Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Provides topical foundation for remainder of module will be used as the basis for further writing research skills - 500 words
Written exercise1M20Focus directly on the skills of finding appropriate sources, reading critically,identifying research method within source materials.
Prof skill assessmnt1M10Seminar participation
Essay1M50Self-reflection exercise for this assessment prescribed format taken from,Palgrave Study Skills concerning critical thinking.
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Reading Lists