GV100-4-FY-CO:
Introduction to Politics

The details
2021/22
Government
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Current
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 01 July 2022
30
17 May 2021

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

BSC LL14 Economics and Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC LL2F Economics and Politics,
BSC LL3F Economics and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC LL4F Economics and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L921 International Development (Including Foundation Year),
BA L250 International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA L258 International Relations,
BA L259 International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L260 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL268 International Relations,
MPOLL269 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL370 International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA LR59 International Relations and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA LRF9 International Relations and Modern Languages,
BA LV21 Modern History and Politics,
BA LV22 Modern History and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LV28 Modern History and Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV2C Modern History and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA LV25 Philosophy and Politics,
BA LV26 Philosophy and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LV2H Philosophy and Politics (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA LV2M Philosophy and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA LV8M Philosophy and Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L0V0 Philosophy, Politics and Economics,
BA L0V1 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Including Placement Year),
BA L0V2 Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L0VA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L200 Politics,
BA L201 Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L202 Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L203 Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L219 Politics with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L2M8 Politics with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA L2M9 Politics with Human Rights,
BA LFM9 Politics with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL23 Sociology and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL24 Sociology and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LL32 Sociology and Politics,
LLB ML14 Law with Politics (Including Year Abroad),
LLB ML15 Law with Politics (Including Placement Year),
LLB ML16 Law with Politics,
LLB ML26 Law with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA P580 Journalism and Politics,
BA P581 Journalism and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA P582 Journalism and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L225 Politics and International Relations,
BA L226 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L227 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BSC L222 Politics and International Relations,
BSC L223 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L224 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL234 Politics and International Relations,
MPOLL235 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL236 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA R110 International Relations and Language Studies,
BA R111 International Relations and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year),
BA LY10 Social Sciences,
BA LY11 Social Sciences (Including Placement Year),
BA LY12 Social Sciences (Including Year Abroad),
BA LY13 Social Sciences (Including Foundation Year),
BA V305 Curating with Politics,
BA V306 Curating with Politics (including Foundation Year),
BA V307 Curating with Politics (including Placement Year),
BA V308 Curating with Politics (including Year Abroad),
BA L215 Politics with Business,
BA L216 Politics with Business,
BA L217 Politics with Business (including Year Abroad),
BSC LL25 Politics with Business,
BSC LL26 Politics with Business,
BSC LL27 Politics with Business (including Year Abroad),
BSC LL20 Politics with Data Science,
BSC LL21 Politics with Data Science,
BSC LL22 Politics with Data Science

Module description

This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to political science and to politics. The module consists of four parts: democracy and democratisation; political behavior; political institutions; political outcomes.

We will also introduce some practical aspects of political science, such as methods used to study political systems, reading and interpreting political science articles, and writing political science essays.

Module aims

By the end of this module, you should be able to:
(1) Summarise the basic building blocks of the academic study of politics;
(2) Read, understand, and discuss articles involved in more specialised study in the field of politics.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

1. Summarize the basic building blocks of the academic study of politics;
2. Read, understand, and discuss articles involved in more specialised study in the field of politics;
3. Compare and contrast political systems, institutions, behaviours, and outcomes at different times and in different places;
4. Write clear and cogent essays;
5. Conduct independent library and internet searches for scholarly work;
6. Contribute with well-informed contributions in small-group discussions.

Module information

There is one textbook for this module, abbreviated CGG in the module diary below:

Clark, William Roberts, Matt Golder, and Sona Nadenichek Golder. Principles of comparative politics. CQ Press, 2nd Edition, 2017. ISBN: 978-1608716791.

You may use electronic or previous editions of this book.

Further, a selection of readings is assigned throughout the module. Log on to Moodle to access these assigned readings. The readings are listed and discussed in more detail below.

These extra readings are available in the Library, typically on either three-hour loan or three-day loan. The Library web site is also accessible from your myEssex student portal; myEssex offers you a structured set of links to online services and information that have been customised with your needs in mind.

The Library provides online access to a number of journals that will serve as sources for your essay each term: http://libwww//essex.ac.uk. You must use these academic outlets, rather than popular outlets (opinion pages, Wikipedia, blogs, daily news) when sourcing your essays. Papers other people post on sites such as citemywork.com and selfpostedpapers.com are not acceptable sources/references for your essay. Essays based solely on browsing the web with no use of scholarly sources will not receive high marks.

Learning and teaching methods

No information available.

Bibliography

  • LeDuc, Lawrence; Niemi, Richard G; Norris, Pippa. (2014) Comparing democracies: elections and voting in a changing world, London: SAGE Publications.
  • Gandhi, Jennifer; Przeworski, Adam. (2007-11) 'Authoritarian Institutions and the Survival of Autocrats', in Comparative Political Studies. vol. 40 (11) , pp.1279-1301
  • Blattman, Christopher. (no date) 'Civil War', in Journal of Economic Literature. vol. 48 (1) , pp.3-57
  • Haas, Nicholas; Khadka, Prabin B. (2020-10) 'If They Endorse It, I Can't Trust It: How Outgroup Leader Endorsements Undercut Public Support for Civil War Peace Settlements', in American Journal of Political Science. vol. 64 (4) , pp.982-1000
  • King, Elisabeth; Samii, Cyrus. (2020) Diversity, violence, and recognition, New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Abramson, Paul R.; Aldrich, John H.; Blais, André; Diamond, Matthew; Diskin, Abraham; Indridason, Indridi H.; Lee, Daniel J.; Levine, Renan. (2010-01) 'Comparing Strategic Voting Under FPTP and PR', in Comparative Political Studies. vol. 43 (1) , pp.61-90
  • Golder, Matt. (2003-05) 'Explaining Variation In The Success Of Extreme Right Parties In Western Europe', in Comparative Political Studies. vol. 36 (4) , pp.432-466
  • Walter, Barbara F. (1997) 'The Critical Barrier to Civil War Settlement', in International Organization. vol. 51 (3) , pp.335-364
  • James D. Fearon. (no date) 'Rationalist Explanations for War', in International Organization: Cambridge University Press. vol. 49 (3) , pp.379-
  • Olson, Mancur. (©1971) The logic of collective action: public goods and the theory of groups, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. vol. v. 124
  • Kalyvas, Stathis N. (2006-01-01) Logic of Violence in Civil War, The. Cambridge Studies in Comparative: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ronald Rogowski. (no date) 'Political Cleavages and Changing Exposure to Trade', in The American Political Science Review: American Political Science Association. vol. 81 (4) , pp.1121-
  • Lipset, Seymour Martin. (1983) Political man: the social bases of politics, London: Heinemann.
  • Clark, William Roberts; Golder, Matt; Golder, Sona Nadenichek. (2018) Principles of comparative politics, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE/CQ Press.
  • Benoit, Kenneth; Laver, Michael. (2006) Party policy in modern democracies, London: Routledge. vol. 19
  • George Tsebelis. (no date) 'Veto Players and Law Production in Parliamentary Democracies: An Empirical Analysis', in The American Political Science Review: American Political Science Association. vol. 93 (3) , pp.591-
  • Dani Rodrik. (no date) 'Trading in Illusions', in Foreign Policy: Slate Group, LLC. (123) , pp.54-
  • Dahl, Robert A. (1989) Democracy and its critics, New Haven: Yale University Press.
  • Horowitz, Donald L. (c2000) Ethnic groups in conflict, Berkeley, Calif: University of California Press.
  • Tsebelis, George. (©2002) Veto players: how political institutions work, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Walter, Barbara F.; Howard, Lise Morje; Fortna, V. Page. (2020-11-24) 'The Extraordinary Relationship between Peacekeeping and Peace', in British Journal of Political Science., pp.1-18
  • Daniel N. Posner. (no date) 'The Political Salience of Cultural Difference: Why Chewas and Tumbukas Are Allies in Zambia and Adversaries in Malawi', in The American Political Science Review: American Political Science Association. vol. 98 (4) , pp.529-

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay Outline 1  19/11/2021  5% 
Coursework   Class test 1  17/12/2021  25% 
Coursework   Essay 1  14/01/2022  45% 
Coursework   Essay Outline 2  25/02/2022  5% 
Coursework   Class test 2  25/03/2022  25% 
Coursework   Essay 2  22/04/2022  45% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Prabin Khadka, email: prabin.khadka@essex.ac.uk.
Module Supervisor: Prabin Khadka Module Administrator: Nicola Rowley E: govquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 11636 hours, 270 (2.3%) hours available to students:
11366 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

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