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Politics and Law

Course overview

(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Politics and Law
University of Essex
University of Essex
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Politics and International Relations

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eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 21 October 2019 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study
Compulsory You must take this module There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study
Optional You can choose which module to study

Year 1 - 2019/20

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 GV100-4-AU Introduction to Politics Core 15
02 LW110-4-FY Public Law I Core 30
03 LW105-4-AU Legal Skills Core 15
04 LW109-4-SP Foundations of Property Law Core 15
05 GV101-4-SP Democracy: Forms and Futures Core 15
06 GV103-4-AU Introduction to International Relations Core 15
07 GV113-4-SP Co-Operation and Conflict Core 15
08 GV711-4-FY Career Portfolio Compulsory 0

Year 2 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 GV110-5-AU Scientific Reasoning for the Social Sciences Compulsory 15
02 Government option(s) from list Optional 30
03 LW203-5-SP Public Law II Compulsory 15
04 Government option(s) from list Optional 30
05 GV112-5-SP Comparative Political Analysis Compulsory 15
06 Law option from list Optional 15
07 GV711-5-FY Career Portfolio Compulsory 0

Year 3 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01 LW108-6-AU Foundations of the Law of Obligations Compulsory 15
02 LW101-6-SP Contract Law Compulsory 15
03 Final year Politics option(s) from list Optional 30
04 Law option(s) from list Optional 30
05 Final year Politics option(s) from list Optional 30

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1 Knowledge of different concepts, theories and normative perspectives within political science and law about (e.g. democracy and law and constitutional issues).
A2 Knowledge of the main findings of existing research about political science and law
A3 Knowledge of developments, issues and debates in the specialist subjects they choose to study.
A6 Knowledge of the legal system and methods of obtaining legal redress.
A7 Knowledge of quantitative methods appropriate for studying politics or law.
A8 Knowledge of sources of information for studying politics or law.
A9 Knowledge of the legal system and methods of obtaining legal redress.
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B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1 To question received thinking.
B2 To develop their own thinking
B3 Advanced knowledge of different modes of explanation and theoretical perspectives in political science and political theory at an appropriate level.
B4 To analyse and evaluate data.
B5 To reason critically.
B6 To argue coherently and persuasively.
B7 To present ideas in a structured form in writing.
B8 To be able to identify the interrelationships between the politics and law; to be aware of both the moral and political aspects of law and the legal consequences of political ideas and to apply methods from both subject disciplines to the other.
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C: Practical skills

C1 Organise and structure an extended argument, advancing clear critical positions.
C2 Use theoretical terms correctly.
C3 Compile systematic bibliographies.
C4 Provide references according to accepted conventions.
C5 Use quantitative methods, abstract and synthesise relevant information.
C6 Monitor developments in an evolving area of law.
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D: Key skills

D1 Clear, focused, relevant and effective expression and communication.
D2 To use electronic information sources.
D3 To use basic quantitative methods.
D4 To manage projects and timetables. To find, understand and organise information. To work with ideas.
D5 Understanding the main political science methods for using quantitative and qualitative evidence to support arguments.
D6 To be receptive to feedback; to learn new material and to improve ways of learning.
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