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Politics with Extended English for Academic Purposes

Course overview

(Graduate Diploma) Graduate Diploma
Politics with Extended English for Academic Purposes
University of Essex
University of Essex
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Graduate Diploma
Full-time or part-time
Politics and International Relations

External Examiners

Dr Nicholas Walter Vivyan
University of Durham
Senior Lecturer

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

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

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 IA310-6-SU Pre-Pathway Core 0 Core Core
02 IA301-6-SU English for Academic Purposes Core 0 Core Core

Year 2 - 2020/21

Exit Award Status
Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits PG Diploma PG Certificate
01 IA931-6-AU English for Academic Purposes Core 15 Core
02 IA932-6-SP Advanced English for Academic Purposes Compulsory 15 Compulsory
03 IA933-6-SU Extended English for Academic Purposes Project Compulsory 15 Compulsory
04 IA934-6-FY Critical Reading and Seminar Skills Core 15 Core
05 GV200-6-FY Political Analysis Core 30 Core
06 GV201-5-FY Introduction to Political Theory Core 30 Core

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

- To develop a systematic knowledge and understanding of the conceptual foundations of the discipline of political science;
- To promote the critical use of evidence, and the effective application of quantitative methods of political analysis;
- To develop a capacity for independent study and research, including a critical awareness of research design;
- To provide the opportunity, through a range of options, to study sub-disciplinary and/or area-oriented fields in depth;
- To develop a capacity to make coherent and reflective argument, and to present and communicate ideas effectively;
- To enhance the analytical and evaluative skills required for personal and professional development, and for successful employment or further study.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

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

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B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

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C: Practical skills

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D: Key skills

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