Introduction to Politics

The details
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
02 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC LL2F Economics and Politics,
BSC LL3F Economics and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC LL4F Economics and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA R9L2 European Studies with Politics,
BA R9L8 European Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9L8JS European Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
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 L0VA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BA 0A56 Political Theory and Public Policy (Including Year Abroad),
BA 7L29 Political Theory and Public Policy,
BA 7L30 Political Theory and Public Policy (Including Placement Year),
BA L200 Politics,
BA L200PT 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 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,
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)

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 behaviour; 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) Compare and contrast political systems, institutions, behaviours, and outcomes at different times and in different places; (2) Write clear and cogent essays; (3) Conduct independent library and internet searches for scholarly work; (4) Contribute with well-informed contributions in small-group discussions.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1 hour lecture per week plus 1 hour class per week. For four weeks each term (Weeks 4, 6, 8, 10, and Weeks 17, 19, 21, 23), the lecture will be 80 minutes instead of 50 minutes. It will end a 20 minutes past the hour. During these sessions, you will receive extra instruction on writing and researching in political science


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Participation 8%
Coursework Essay Outline 1 19/11/2019 5%
Coursework Essay 1 10/12/2019 41%
Coursework Essay Outline 2 18/02/2020 5%
Coursework Essay 2 17/03/2020 41%
Exam 90 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
65% 35%


Coursework Exam
65% 35%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Module Supervisor: Module Supervisor whiteley@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Nicola Rowley E: govquery@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 288 hours, 282 (97.9%) hours available to students:
6 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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