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Introduction

Lincoln’s BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics degree provides students with access to a diverse range of modules in politics and international relations. Students can explore British Politics, international diplomacy and the emergence of global institutions.

Through the study the national, comparative, international and global politics, students have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the key themes driving contemporary International Relations and Politics. The programme is designed to develop an understanding of the influence of different political cultures and traditions on outcomes.

On this course, students have the chance to examine the complex political issues, such as global inequality, religion and sectarianism, conflict and democratisation, that affect the world today.

There is a strong emphasis on skills development on this course and students can learn how to collect and analyse data, draft policy proposals, produce oral and written presentations and work at a high level of individuality and as part of a team.

Our academics offer a thorough grounding in British and global politics and support students to develop vital analytical, evaluative and critical-thinking skills.

How You Study

Studying Politics and International Relations at Lincoln aims to combine directed and independent learning. Each module is usually delivered my means of a weekly lecture and an associated weekly seminar. The seminars aim to provide an opportunity for students to discuss issues raised in the lecture and engage in critical reflection on set readings.

Students will also have the opportunity to meet with module leaders in tutorial sessions. As well as directed study, students are expected to undertake independent learning utilising traditional library resources as well as a wide range of electronic resources.

In the first year of the degree, core modules introduce British government and politics and international relations. Students can begin to examine the key concepts which underpin both disciplines.

In the second and third years, there are opportunities to develop in-depth knowledge of both subjects through core modules on topics including British political parties, politics and international relations theory and global governance.

The core Model United Nations module gives students the opportunity to learn about international diplomacy and to practise negotiating skills in a simulated general assembly.

Other optional modules enable students to study subjects of special interest, such as intelligence and national security, contemporary Chinese politics, international relations in the Middle East, human rights, genocide, war crimes and multiculturalism.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Students are assessed in the form of essays, reports, presentations and reviews, and examinations. Assessment varies from module to module depending on the subject of study.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Social and Political Sciences Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2016-17

Applicants should have a minimum of 300 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A Levels (or the equivalent). In addition to the minimum of two A Levels, other qualifications such as AS Levels, the Extended Project and the ASDAN CoPE for example, will be counted towards the 300 point requirement.

We also accept a wide range of other qualifications including the BTEC Extended Diploma, Diploma and Subsidiary Diploma, the European and International Baccalaureate Diplomas, and Advanced Diplomas. You can find tariff values on the UCAS website http://lncn.eu/cdez

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English Language.

Applications are welcomed from mature students who are studying towards an Access to Higher Education programme. A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required. We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Applying Research (Social Sciences)

This module aims to enable students to both recognise and also understand the different methodologies employed in social research and to apply these to their own research project and critique of methods. Overall, the aim of this module is to set out methodological skills, and involve students in their application, and to encourage critical reflection on a variety of levels.

Global Conflicts and Contexts

This module aims to introduce students to core issues of relevance to international relations study. These include global inequality, international political economy, globalization and emerging transnational civil societies. The module is intended to expose students to the breadth of issues and approaches relevant to the study of international relations and international politics more broadly.

Key Social Science Concepts

This module aims to give students the opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of key social science thinkers and concepts pertinent to all of the disciplines taught within the School. Throughout, students will be encouraged to think critically about the ideas presented and to examine social problems in the light of a range of academic perspectives.

Who Runs Britain? Power, Politics and Beyond

This module is designed to introduce students to the key components of the British political system, and the relationship between domestic and international politics through an examination of the distribution of power within the British political system. It seeks to explain the various factors and actors, both domestic and foreign, which serve to shape and define the political process in Britain.

In Semester A, the module aims to examine the distribution of power through an examination of the key institutions and actors in the British political process. In Semester B the focus is broadened to examine Britain’s role in the world. The focus will shift outwards from the relationship between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom to an examination of the key international relationships - with Empire, the United States, East Asia and with Europe - which have shaped and defined British politics, economics and security.

Level 2

(Re)Reading the Sociological Canon I (Option)

This module aims to analyse some of the seminal works which have been significant to the academic development of sociology. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of classical and contemporary texts, with the aim of providing them with an in-depth understanding of sociological themes and theories across time.

(Re)reading the Sociological Canon II (Option)

This module aims to analyse some of the seminal works which have been significant to the academic development of sociology. This module will seek to examine a series of articles and books which are of sociological significance and have emerged from the early 20th Century into the 21st Century.

Approaches to Qualitative Research (Option)

This module aims to build on the teaching of qualitative research in Applying Research in year 1. In particular, it is designed to take students through all the stages of the research process as well as introduce a range of methodological approaches to qualitative research.

Approaches to Quantitative Data Analysis (Option)

This module aims to build on the teaching of quantitative research in Applying Research in year 1. It is designed to introduce students to a range of approaches to secondary data analysis, including multiple linear regression. Students will be encouraged to familiarise themselves with a range of data sources specific to their subject and interests.

Challenges of European Politics (Option)

This module seeks to introduce students to politics at the European level through an analysis of challenges in European politics and policy making. Beginning with the history of European integration and the first attempts to secure peace through economic interdependency, the module focuses on the development of the EU institutions and the ways in which policy-makers, bureaucrats, intellectuals and civil society actors have attempted to resolve problems of cooperation in an ever larger Union.

Comparative Politics and Policy (Option)

This module is based on the belief that comparative methodology can be a useful tool for social and political analysis. The module begins with a consideration of the development of comparative approaches, the use of a range of comparative techniques and the validity of comparison. It proceeds to an examination of some basic concepts that can help provide an understanding of the bases upon which governments are built and operate. Students then have the opportunity to apply the analytical and theoretical tools from the early parts of the module to consider a variety of features of contemporary politics and policy, particularly in the context of democratic transition in different regions of the world.

Conceptualising Sex Work (Option)

This module aims to explore the cultural, practical and theoretical developments relating to sex work, drawing upon national and international examples. Taking a comparative approach, this module seeks to understand how scholars conceptualise sex work within different competing feminist frameworks and how these ideas reflect, or are at odds with, popular public and political discourse.

Conflict Analysis (Option)

This module is designed to focus on the nature and causes of armed conflicts. It aims to provide an overview and a basic framework for understanding the evolving field of conflict analysis. Students have the opportunity to explore conflict resolution methods such as mediation, negotiation, collaborative problem solving, peacekeeping operations, and other applications.

Crime in Literature (Option)

This module aims to explore the subject of crime through a range of literature. Crime and criminals have prompted some of the most innovative literature in history and by attempting to examine a few of these students will have the opportunity to think about crime in a new way, to engage with fiction and the opportunity to understand crime and criminality from a humanistic and philosophical perspective.

Debating Welfare States (Option)

This module aims to enable students to analyse the priorities and developments of welfare states over time, and through analysis of these developments, equip students with the tools to interpret key contemporary social, political and economic trends.

Diversity, Difference and Exclusion (Option)

This module aims to examine the impact of difference and diversity in social policy, with a particular concern around social exclusion.

Foreign Policy Analysis (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to the area of foreign policy analysis. It is designed to explore competing explanations for state behaviour and the conduct of inter-state relations in the international domain. The module encourages students to consider the contested role of human agency in global affairs in contrast to disciplinary international relations’ preoccupation with structural considerations. A range of historical and contemporary case studies are used to illuminate the issues under discussion.

Governing America (Option)

This module will seek to examine the key components of the US political system, and the main challenges facing democratic politics in modern America. The module aims to provide a detailed historical and theoretical appreciation of the development of US democracy. It will give students the opportunity to examine the principal institutions and actors in the US political system including the President, Congress, the Supreme Court, political parties, interest groups and the media. It will also aim to trace the impact of key ideas such as constitutionalism, federalism and exceptionalism. Finally the module will aim to examine the impact of wider societal factors on US political life, such as shifting demographics and the role of religion.

Ideas and Issues in Political Economy (Option)

This module aims to provide an introduction to the development of key ideas, principles and institutions in political economy. Taking a broadly historical approach, the module is structured around giving students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the development of political economy both by examining the scientific contributions of, and issues addressed by its key figures, while placing such contributions in historical context. Overall the module seeks to provide students with an understanding of the key principles, ideas and controversies in the history of political economy with a view to understanding their relevance to the current era.

Ideology into Practice (Option)

This module aims to examine the impact (and sometimes the lack of impact) of ideology on practice in social policy. Whilst the focus of the module is on the experience of the United Kingdom, comparison with other states will be made where appropriate.

Intelligence and Security Law (Option)

This module is designed to develop and expand on law and principles encountered in Constitutional and Adminstrative Law, and to apply them in the specific context of state security in the UK. It aims to complement the study of Human Rights and Police Powers by providing students with the opportunity to examine a number of similar themes but from the less-explored point of view of the State and the exercise of its powers to protect itself. The module also aims to consider the law relating to the intelligence services and surveillance, and seeks to introduce students to certain International Law principles and issues and their impact in the UK. The examination of topical case studies aims to enable students to analyse and apply relevant law and constitutional principles to contemporary issues of UK security, and to develop awareness of their practical and everyday function.

International Relations of the Middle East (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to the central issues and actors in the modern Middle East. The module will explore interconnections between domestic political issues and processes, foreign policy, regional dynamics and the international system. Throughout, the module will seek to explore how International Relations theories and analytical frameworks can help to understand and interpret the politics and international relations of the Middle East.

Internationalising Cultural Studies (Option)

This module aims to introduce a range of critical approaches within media and cultural studies frameworks to examine the contemporary distribution, reception and impact of cultural forms across national boundaries. It is designed to consider how popular cultures are constructed, marketed and then consumed by their audiences. By the conclusion of the module students will have had the opportunity to gain knowledge of significant debates in the academic cultural studies as well as the critical skills necessary for them to carry out their own small-scale studies of examples.

Model United Nations

This module is designed to provide an introduction to the activities of the United Nations, as well as an understanding of the practices of international diplomacy and governance. The module will aim to use a discussion of contemporary international issues to explore some of the protocol and procedures of diplomacy. It will also seek to provide students with an introduction to issues of international organization and international law and treaty-making. All of this is designed to assist students in preparing for their role as a 'diplomat' at a Model United Nations conference.

Policing Crime and Deviance (Option)

This module aims to examine core questions about the increasingly diverse forms of policing of crime and deviance. It considers how and why we have policed different forms of crime and deviance and why those changes have occurred and the competing character of many of the positions involved.

Political Parties

This module aims to address a variety of issues relating to political parties in the United Kingdom. The political science literature covers a wide variety of topics around parties. Amongst those which are examined in this module are the following; the historical development of parties; the role of parties in terms of mobilisation of support, electioneering and campaigning, recruitment of personnel; representation of the electorate and issue-based politics; and the partisan divide. These will be examined primarily within the context of a discussion of the three major parties within the British political system including their development, their ideological tenets and their contemporary positions. However, towards the end of the module these will be set against the position of other parties within the UK including the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Northern Irish parties, to which will be added a comparative perspective, drawing upon the roles and experiences of parties in Western Europe.

Politics and Society in Contemporary China (Option)

This module is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of the social, political and economic issues facing contemporary China. Using a key text, this module starts with a broad sweep of China’s modern history, from the imperial era to the present, with the aim of providing essential context for understanding the current political and social environment. The module ends with an analysis of China’s future, challenges and prospects, in the decades to come.

Psychology in the Criminal Justice Process (Option)

This module is designed as an introduction to how psychology might contribute to our understanding of the various actors and organisations within the criminal justice process. Students are expected to critically compare and contrast the theories and methodologies employed in creating psychological knowledges, with those commonly used in the discipline of criminology and in this context, they will be expected to recognise both the contributions and problems presented by the use of psychological knowledges in the criminal justice process. Students will also be expected to undertake their own research project around a psychological theme; apply a statistical analysis to the data they collect and then consider how their results might impact on a relevant criminal justice issue.

Regions and Regionalisms

This module aims to examine the role of regionalism in world affairs. It is designed to explore the ways in which regional blocs and regional intergovernmental organisations form, and the nature, politics and purposes of their operation.

Researching Politics and International Relations

Aiming to build upon the level 1 module, ‘Applying Research’, this module is designed to focus more deeply on the nature of research undertaken in the subject areas of Politics and International Relations. The main aim of the module is to give students the opportunity to develop an understanding of what constitutes research in Politics and International Relations and how the research process leads to the production of specific research outputs including dissertations, theses, published academic articles and research monographs.

Social Engagement (Option)

This module encourages students to undertake one or more external activities relevant to their programme of study, and to engage in a critical reflection of the nature of this activity and how it relates to society as a whole and to their personal development as individuals. Relevant activities may involve significant interaction with an organisation outside the University providing an appropriate experience additional to the student’s programme of studies, such as voluntary work or mentoring within a service-providing organisation.

Please note that students will be expected to play a significant role in initiating and arranging their programme of experience and to take responsibility for the frequency and form of experience. There may be additional costs in the form of transportation and accommodation depending on where students wish to pursue experience. The experience will be required to consist of a minimum of 30 hours.

Sociology of Law (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the relationship between law and society that is law as a social institution and law as a form of social regulation. It aims to explore both classical and contemporary theoretical contributions to the sociology of law and some specific issues which may be analysed include; law and social control, law and social change, the institutions and practices of law and the influence of social categories on the application of law.

Sociology of Religion (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to the principle theories and methods of research in the sociology of religion. Religion will be defined and situated within broader social structures and students will have the opportunity to explore the processes and the changing influence of religion in western society since the early nineteenth century.

Study Abroad (Option)

Students from the School of Social and Political Sciences have the opportunity to enrol at partner institutions in the USA, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands during the third year of their undergraduate degree programme*.

The Study Abroad Initiative is available to those who have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of their degree and enables students to spend a year studying overseas during what would be their third year of study. During the year abroad students will not pay a tuition fee to either the University of Lincoln or their host university. Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students will then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.

The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures.

*Only a limited number of places are available

The Vigilant State: intelligence and national security (Option)

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the study of intelligence. It aims to focus on the basic concepts in intelligence by seeking to establish first what is meant by intelligence, before examining the various elements of intelligence - collection, analysis, counterintelligence and associated activities such as covert political action.

Thinking International Relations

This module is designed to place theory at the centre of the study of world politics. It aims to provides a critical overview of the disciplinary literature of international relations from both mainstream and critical perspectives. The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to both understand and critically employ the concepts, approaches and methods of International Relations theory, and to develop an understanding of their contested nature and the problematic character of inquiry in the discipline.

Thinking Politics

This modules seeks to examine the historical background to the various strands of political thought and ideas. In doing this, it aims to build upon some of the major ideas and concepts introduced at level one, by illustrating linkages between political theories and other aspects of politics. In particular, reference is made to key thinkers who have left their intellectual imprint on political ideas and beliefs.

Understanding the European Union (Option)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the history, institutions, policies and general workings of the European Union.

Welfare Policy and Work (Option)

The module is designed to examine the ways in which the state, through its social security and labour market policies, has affected the lives of those in paid work and those outside it. A particular focus of the course is on the emerging all-party consensus on welfare policy, in which mainstream politicians agree that benefits should no longer be paid to people of working age who refuse work or training, and that governments must ensure that jobs pay more than out-of-work benefits.

Work and Society (Option)

This module seeks to explore the relationship between work and society, drawing on different classical and contemporary sociological theories of work. It aims to examine key areas within the sociology of work such as concepts of work, work-place inequalities, resistance and the reality and challenges of engaging in paid work in the 21st Century.

Youth Justice (Option)

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore the youth justice system in depth, including the theoretical and historical contexts of youth justice, contemporary policy and practice developments and the salience of political agendas in constructing responses to young people’s offending behaviour.

Youth, Culture and Resistance (Option)

This module seeks to prompt a sociological enquiry into youth cultures, addressing issues of identity and meaning within the behaviour, consumption and lifestyles of young people. Reflecting upon contemporary narratives of youth as dangerous or out of control, the module aims to investigate the plurality of youth cultures, and the diversity of young people’s cultural practices.

Level 3

Advanced Quantitative Analysis (Option)

This module aims to build on the teaching in Approaches to Quantitative Data Analysis in year 2 and on Applying Research in year 1. In particular it will seek to enhance the understanding of a variety of different, more sophisticated statistical approaches.

Analysing the Policy Process (Option)

Aiming to build upon Understanding the Policy Process, this module is designed to support students not only to continue to develop their knowledge of a range of perspectives on the policy process but, in addition, to use these to analyse a case study relevant to their degree programme.

Body Politics (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to different paradigms of the 'body' and 'embodiment'. Recent research suggests that our understandings and our relationship with our own and other ‘bodies’ has been and is continuing to undergo radical changes. This module will seek to explore these ongoing developments in Western and non-Western cultures and societies.

Children, Families and the State (Option)

This module aims to examine the nature of family policy as it has developed for different family forms and for different purposes, and seeks to consider why an understanding of family policy is important in the twenty-first century. This is set in historical, ideological and comparative contexts.

Community and Conflict 1 (Option)

This module is all about communities, in particular, communities that are poor, disadvantaged, isolated or 'socially excluded'. In recent years, interest has been re-awakened in the whole idea of community and in what sorts of policies might be most effective in helping communities and solving their problems. This module aims to look critically at all these beliefs and seeks to come to conclusions about their validity.

Community and Conflict 2 (Option)

Community and Conflict II aims to focus on the application of theory, concepts and perspectives developed in Community and Conflict I to particular areas of public policy making including policy implementation.

Counter-Terrorism Studies (Option)

Throughout this module students will have the opportunity to explore how state agencies respond to real and perceived threats of extremism and terrorism. This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the extent to which the state and the media frame extremism and terrorism.

Emotions in Everyday Social Life (Option)

This module seeks to emphasise the significance of emotions in everyday social life and to challenge some of the essentialist explanations of human emotion by exploring ‘emotions’ as social constructs. In doing so, the module aims to explore the role emotions play in social action, considering, for example, how we form personal relationships, make sense of death, dying and falling in love. Furthermore, this module will also consider how emotions are ‘gendered’, ‘racialised’ and explore the role they play in the workplace, and in laws and governance.

Global Civil Society

This module will aim to address the historical origins of global civil society (e.g. the anti-slavery movement), together with diverse and competing contemporary meanings of global civil and ‘uncivil’ society.

Harm, Agency and Regulation (Option)

This module aims to investigate the variety of ways in which harmful activities are executed and regulated and seeks to evaluate the role of criminalisation within these forms of misconduct. The competing claims of ‘individual/organisational’ agency feature strongly in this module as do the variety of frameworks and the feasibility of imposing ‘realistic’ sanctions.

Human Rights (Social Sciences) (Option)

This module is designed to introduce students to human rights at both the conceptual and practical level. It aims to explore the theoretical arguments around the source of human rights and identifies some of the problems and possibilities which emerge from such readings.

Independent Study (Politics and International Relations)

Students are expected to prepare and submit an Independent Study Proposal during semester B at Intermediate Level and appropriate supervisors will be allocated at this stage. The Independent Study preparation will be focused through the Research in Social Policy and Research in Politics and International Relations modules, which aim to familiarise students with real and active models of research in relevant areas.

International Law (Option)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the dynamic, constantly evolving area of international law. Students will have the opportunity to study legal rules which operate in a much broader theatre than national law, with the aim of helping them develop a greater understanding of a changing world order. The module seeks to examine both theoretical and practical applications of International Law and aims to provide students with ample scope for research and independent study.

Multiculturalism and Britishness (Option)

This module is designed to explore political challenges and debates around the presence of culturally diverse populations in the United Kingdom and aims to examine the role this presence plays in understandings of British and English identities.

New Social Movements

This module seeks to understand the significance of new social movements, examining political participation and protest outside of ‘mainstream’ traditional politics.

Parliamentary Studies (Option)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of how the UK Parliament works, in theory and in practice. It will aim to examine Parliament’s twin relationships with the Executive and with the citizen, and situate these within broader theories and debates about democratic accountability and the nature of representation.

The module also aims to bring students into closer contact with Parliament through handling Parliamentary materials and by facilitating contact with Parliamentarians through, for example an external speaker series, and when possible an optional visit to Parliament.

Please note that where opportunities arise to take part in a trip to Parliament, students are expected to cover their own transportation and meal costs.

Penology and Penal Policy (Option)

This module aims to locate the theory, practice and history of punishment and penal policy in the context of social control in general. As well as aiming to address the philosophy of punishment, in terms of core concepts of justice, desert, deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation and reparation, it seeks to examine the way in which social control is a fundamental aspect of social relations.

Police Studies (Option)

This module aims to build upon the more general analysis of policing in Policing Crime and Deviance. The aim is to instil a more focused, substantial and critical understanding of the place of policing within the contemporary complex myriad of social controls, as well as the specific organisational and political challenges faced by the police in the 21st Century.

Political Transformations of Russia and China (Option)

This module aims to provide an opportunity for students to sharpen their analytical skills and broaden their knowledge by exposing them to the wide-ranging debates on the problems of transition from Communism. More generally, it aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the intellectual ability to interpret current and future developments in Russia and China.

Psychology in Prisons (Option)

This module aims to examine both the role of psychology in prisons and the psychological effects of imprisonment. Historically, imprisonment was used to punish those who had broken the law by punishing the body; in comparison imprisonment today has multiple aims, to punish, to deter and to rehabilitate. However, these aims are often compromised due to negative experiences encountered within prison and their psychological effects.

Psychology, Crime and Criminology (Option)

This module aims to focus upon the relationship between Criminology and Psychology, how each approaches the problems of criminal or deviant conduct, and their distinctive contributions to criminal justice. A key aim is to provide students with the opportunity to analyse the extent to which psychology contributes or detracts from criminological projects.

The Colonial Present (Option)

This international relations module seeks to explore the ways in which the contemporary international order can be explained as deriving from the global experience of European colonialism and imperialism. It aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop a knowledge of the nature, politics and consequences of the Western imperial penetration.

The Developing World (Option)

This module takes the politics, economics and societies of the developing world as its subject matter. The module aims to explore a range of contemporary issues confronting the developing world and the module seeks to use case studies extensively throughout, in order to illuminate theory and to demonstrate the broader relevance of the issues under discussion to the study of international relations.

The Politics of Energy (Option)

This module is designed to cover a variety of issues relating to the politics of energy and climate change. It seeks to provide students with a history of energy and climate change policy, an exploration of theoretical approaches and political implications, and also an opportunity to develop a comparative perspective through the examination of examples of EU and global energy and climate change policy and the way in which this is now intrinsically global.

The Politics of Global Health (Option)

This module aims to examine the concepts that shape debates in (and are shaped by) global health, including global health governance and global health diplomacy. It then seeks provide students with the opportunity to critically assesses programmes and strategies designed to address global health challenges such as pandemics, infectious and non-communicable diseases, reproductive health, biosecurity and inequalities of health.

The Politics of Masculinity (Option)

This module is designed to explore the politics of masculinity in contemporary society. Overall, the module will aim to ‘make the familiar strange’ and enable students to question their own assumptions, as well as popular and common sense notions of gender.

Understanding the Policy Process (Option)

This module is designed to focus upon the processes of policy making and implementation at both practical and theoretical levels. It aims to provide students with an introduction to a variety of models of policy making and seeks to discuss the complexities of the distribution of power and decision making, primarily, but not limited to, the field of social policy.

War Crimes and Genocide (Option)

This module is constructed as an attempt to understand the ‘anatomy’ of war crimes and genocide – their origins, ideological basis, socio-political contexts, the techniques and technologies used and relevant theoretical perspectives.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Research

Research within the School of Social and Political Sciences has helped to inform public policy. Recent research projects have explored parliamentary reform, gender and sexuality, and terrorism. This helps to inform teaching and students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to undertake their own research.

Optional Study Trips

There are opportunities to supplement studies by participating in field trips to key international organisations and political institutions. In recent years, students have visited New York, Washington DC, Brussels, The Hague, Strasbourg and Geneva. These trips are open to all students across the School. Places are limited so students are encouraged to register their interest early in the academic year.

Students participating in the 2016 New York trip will pay £1020 to cover all transport costs, accommodation costs and day trips whilst in New York. Students should also expect to pay for all meals whilst on the trip plus an additional spend for activities in their spare time.

Students participating in the 2016 Geneva trip will pay approximately £650 to cover all transport costs, accommodation costs and day trips whilst in Geneva. Similarly, students should expect to pay for all meals whilst on the trip plus an additional cost for activities during their spare time.

Study Abroad Initiative

Students from the School of Social and Political Sciences have the opportunity to enrol at partner institutions in the USA, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands during the third year of their undergraduate degree programme*.

The Study Abroad Initiative is available to those who have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of their degree and enables students to spend a year studying overseas during what would be their third year of study. During the year abroad students will not pay a tuition fee to either the University of Lincoln or their host university. Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students will then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.

The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures.

*Only a limited number of places are available

Placements

Students have opportunities to undertake voluntary, competitive work placements with local councils. These offer valuable experience of a professional policy environment and provide the chance to observe how policy is set by central government and executed by local authorities, including how competing priorities can result in different decisions about where to allocate resources. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking a placement.

Placement Year

When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are well placed for a diverse range of professions in the UK and around the world. With skills such as data collection and evaluation, oral and written presentation and team working, our graduates have secured positions in the civil service in Britain and the European Union, NGOs and the charitable sector, local government, political research and international commerce. Some students choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.

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The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

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Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

Our BA (Hons) Criminology degree has been designed to enable students to develop an understanding of the complex nature of crime, punishment and justice. Alternative solutions to crime prevention are examined and there is the opportunity to investigate the impact of crime on society.
The BA (Hons) History degree at the University of Lincoln is distinctive in the breadth of topics that students can choose to study. These include British, European and American history, from the Roman Empire to the end of the 20th Century.
Our BA (Hons) International Relations degree is an interdisciplinary programme which draws upon politics, economics, history, sociology, international law, geography and cultural studies to explore global issues such as conflict, global inequalities, sovereignty and human rights.
This joint programme draws on a range of social science disciplines to examine challenging and controversial national and international issues such as human rights, poverty and social exclusion.
The LLB (Hons) Law degree can be a popular choice for students looking for an exciting and challenging career. This degree has been designed to encourage students to develop a thorough knowledge of substantive law and to think about law practically. Students have the opportunity to reflect upon policy, and the social, political, ethical, philosophical and cultural contexts in which law operates.
This combination offers students the opportunity to study for a law degree while also having the chance to develop a deeper understanding about the causes and consequences of crime.
This BA (Hons) Politics degree covers domestic and global politics, political theory and international relations. Students have the opportunity to explore the big political issues of the day in Britain and around the globe, and study the social and theoretical contexts which underpin these developments.
This degree combines a detailed exploration of political ideas, institutions and processes with an in-depth analysis of policies which have been developed and implemented to deal with the world's social problems.
This joint degree offers the opportunity to gain an insight into the impact of domestic and global politics on the nature of society. Teaching is informed by emerging political themes and contemporary social debate.
This degree aims to explore how social problems arise, how governments react and the impact this has on society. Students can learn the skills necessary to analyse critically the efficacy and fairness of policies and explore public and media responses.
As a Sociology student at Lincoln, you are introduced to the study of human social behaviour, giving you the opportunity to improve your understanding of how societies are organised, how social identities are constructed and the issues facing some of society's most marginalised people.

Introduction

Lincoln’s BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics degree provides students with access to a diverse range of modules in politics and international relations. Students can explore British Politics, international diplomacy and the emergence of global institutions.

Through the study the national, comparative, international and global politics, students have the opportunity to develop an appreciation of the key themes driving contemporary International Relations and Politics. The programme is designed to develop an understanding of the influence of different political cultures and traditions on outcomes.

On this course, students have the chance to examine the complex political issues, such as global inequality, religion and sectarianism, conflict and democratisation, that affect the world today.

There is a strong emphasis on skills development on this course and students can learn how to collect and analyse data, draft policy proposals, produce oral and written presentations and work at a high level of individuality and as part of a team.

Our academics offer a thorough grounding in British and global politics and support students to develop vital analytical, evaluative and critical-thinking skills.

How You Study

Studying Politics and International Relations at Lincoln aims to combine directed and independent learning. Each module is usually delivered my means of a weekly lecture and an associated weekly seminar. The seminars aim to provide an opportunity for students to discuss issues raised in the lecture and engage in critical reflection on set readings.

Students will also have the opportunity to meet with module leaders in tutorial sessions. As well as directed study, students are expected to undertake independent learning utilising traditional library resources as well as a wide range of electronic resources.

In the first year of the degree, core modules introduce British government and politics and international relations. Students can begin to examine the key concepts which underpin both disciplines.

In the second and third years, there are opportunities to develop in-depth knowledge of both subjects through core modules on topics including British political parties, politics and international relations theory and global governance.

The core Model United Nations module gives students the opportunity to learn about international diplomacy and to practise negotiating skills in a simulated general assembly.

Other optional modules enable students to study subjects of special interest, such as intelligence and national security, contemporary Chinese politics, international relations in the Middle East, human rights, genocide, war crimes and multiculturalism.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of your degree. However, remember that you are engaging in a full-time degree; so, at the very least, you should expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time and you may undertake assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

Please see the Unistats data, using the link at the bottom of this page, for specific information relating to this course in terms of course composition and delivery, contact hours and student satisfaction.

How You Are Assessed

Students are assessed in the form of essays, reports, presentations and reviews, and examinations. Assessment varies from module to module depending on the subject of study.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).

Methods of Assessment

The way you will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

Staff

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Social and Political Sciences Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: CCC

International Baccalaureate: 27 points overall.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required.

Applicants will also be required to have at least three GCSEs at grade C or above (or the equivalent), including English.

We will also consider applicants with extensive relevant work experience.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Level 1

Applying Research (Social Sciences)

This module aims to enable students to both recognise and also understand the different methodologies employed in social research and to apply these to their own research project and critique of methods. Overall, the aim of this module is to set out methodological skills, and involve students in their application, and to encourage critical reflection on a variety of levels.

Global Conflicts and Contexts

This module aims to introduce students to core issues of relevance to international relations study. These include global inequality, international political economy, globalization and emerging transnational civil societies. The module is intended to expose students to the breadth of issues and approaches relevant to the study of international relations and international politics more broadly.

Key Social Science Concepts

This module aims to give students the opportunity to develop a knowledge and understanding of key social science thinkers and concepts pertinent to all of the disciplines taught within the School. Throughout, students will be encouraged to think critically about the ideas presented and to examine social problems in the light of a range of academic perspectives.

Who Runs Britain? Power, Politics and Beyond

This module is designed to introduce students to the key components of the British political system, and the relationship between domestic and international politics through an examination of the distribution of power within the British political system. It seeks to explain the various factors and actors, both domestic and foreign, which serve to shape and define the political process in Britain.

In Semester A, the module aims to examine the distribution of power through an examination of the key institutions and actors in the British political process. In Semester B the focus is broadened to examine Britain’s role in the world. The focus will shift outwards from the relationship between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom to an examination of the key international relationships - with Empire, the United States, East Asia and with Europe - which have shaped and defined British politics, economics and security.

Level 2

(Re)Reading the Sociological Canon I (Option)

This module aims to analyse some of the seminal works which have been significant to the academic development of sociology. Students will have the opportunity to explore a variety of classical and contemporary texts, with the aim of providing them with an in-depth understanding of sociological themes and theories across time.

(Re)reading the Sociological Canon II (Option)

This module aims to analyse some of the seminal works which have been significant to the academic development of sociology. This module will seek to examine a series of articles and books which are of sociological significance and have emerged from the early 20th Century into the 21st Century.

Approaches to Qualitative Research (Option)

This module aims to build on the teaching of qualitative research in Applying Research in year 1. In particular, it is designed to take students through all the stages of the research process as well as introduce a range of methodological approaches to qualitative research.

Approaches to Quantitative Data Analysis (Option)

This module aims to build on the teaching of quantitative research in Applying Research in year 1. It is designed to introduce students to a range of approaches to secondary data analysis, including multiple linear regression. Students will be encouraged to familiarise themselves with a range of data sources specific to their subject and interests.

Challenges of European Politics (Option)

This module seeks to introduce students to politics at the European level through an analysis of challenges in European politics and policy making. Beginning with the history of European integration and the first attempts to secure peace through economic interdependency, the module focuses on the development of the EU institutions and the ways in which policy-makers, bureaucrats, intellectuals and civil society actors have attempted to resolve problems of cooperation in an ever larger Union.

Comparative Politics and Policy (Option)

This module is based on the belief that comparative methodology can be a useful tool for social and political analysis. The module begins with a consideration of the development of comparative approaches, the use of a range of comparative techniques and the validity of comparison. It proceeds to an examination of some basic concepts that can help provide an understanding of the bases upon which governments are built and operate. Students then have the opportunity to apply the analytical and theoretical tools from the early parts of the module to consider a variety of features of contemporary politics and policy, particularly in the context of democratic transition in different regions of the world.

Conceptualising Sex Work (Option)

This module aims to explore the cultural, practical and theoretical developments relating to sex work, drawing upon national and international examples. Taking a comparative approach, this module seeks to understand how scholars conceptualise sex work within different competing feminist frameworks and how these ideas reflect, or are at odds with, popular public and political discourse.

Conflict Analysis (Option)

This module is designed to focus on the nature and causes of armed conflicts. It aims to provide an overview and a basic framework for understanding the evolving field of conflict analysis. Students have the opportunity to explore conflict resolution methods such as mediation, negotiation, collaborative problem solving, peacekeeping operations, and other applications.

Crime in Literature (Option)

This module aims to explore the subject of crime through a range of literature. Crime and criminals have prompted some of the most innovative literature in history and by attempting to examine a few of these students will have the opportunity to think about crime in a new way, to engage with fiction and the opportunity to understand crime and criminality from a humanistic and philosophical perspective.

Debating Welfare States (Option)

This module aims to enable students to analyse the priorities and developments of welfare states over time, and through analysis of these developments, equip students with the tools to interpret key contemporary social, political and economic trends.

Diversity, Difference and Exclusion (Option)

This module examines the impact of difference and diversity in social policy, with a particular concern around social exclusion. It begins with an introduction to the concepts of 'diversity', 'difference' and 'exclusion' and then moves on to consider the relationship between social policy and a variety of forms of diversity and difference, particularly in the context of new thinking around social exclusion that has emerged since the 1990s. The module explores the origins and meanings of key concepts such as 'diversity' and 'social exclusion', the relationship of these key concepts with others, such as poverty, social class and the 'underclass', and the impact and lack of impact of policies on social groups such as young people, families, women, black and ethnic minorities and disabled people.

Foreign Policy Analysis (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to the area of foreign policy analysis. It is designed to explore competing explanations for state behaviour and the conduct of inter-state relations in the international domain. The module encourages students to consider the contested role of human agency in global affairs in contrast to disciplinary international relations’ preoccupation with structural considerations. A range of historical and contemporary case studies are used to illuminate the issues under discussion.

Governing America (Option)

This module will seek to examine the key components of the US political system, and the main challenges facing democratic politics in modern America. The module aims to provide a detailed historical and theoretical appreciation of the development of US democracy. It will give students the opportunity to examine the principal institutions and actors in the US political system including the President, Congress, the Supreme Court, political parties, interest groups and the media. It will also aim to trace the impact of key ideas such as constitutionalism, federalism and exceptionalism. Finally the module will aim to examine the impact of wider societal factors on US political life, such as shifting demographics and the role of religion.

Ideas and Issues in Political Economy (Option)

This module aims to provide an introduction to the development of key ideas, principles and institutions in political economy. Taking a broadly historical approach, the module is structured around giving students the opportunity to develop an understanding of the development of political economy both by examining the scientific contributions of, and issues addressed by its key figures, while placing such contributions in historical context. Overall the module seeks to provide students with an understanding of the key principles, ideas and controversies in the history of political economy with a view to understanding their relevance to the current era.

Ideology into Practice (Option)

This module aims to examine the impact (and sometimes the lack of impact) of ideology on practice in social policy. Whilst the focus of the module is on the experience of the United Kingdom, comparison with other states will be made where appropriate.

Intelligence and Security Law (Option)

This module is designed to develop and expand on law and principles encountered in Constitutional and Adminstrative Law, and to apply them in the specific context of state security in the UK. It aims to complement the study of Human Rights and Police Powers by providing students with the opportunity to examine a number of similar themes but from the less-explored point of view of the State and the exercise of its powers to protect itself. The module also aims to consider the law relating to the intelligence services and surveillance, and seeks to introduce students to certain International Law principles and issues and their impact in the UK. The examination of topical case studies aims to enable students to analyse and apply relevant law and constitutional principles to contemporary issues of UK security, and to develop awareness of their practical and everyday function.

International Relations of the Middle East (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to the central issues and actors in the modern Middle East. The module will explore interconnections between domestic political issues and processes, foreign policy, regional dynamics and the international system. Throughout, the module will seek to explore how International Relations theories and analytical frameworks can help to understand and interpret the politics and international relations of the Middle East.

Internationalising Cultural Studies (Option)

This module aims to introduce a range of critical approaches within media and cultural studies frameworks to examine the contemporary distribution, reception and impact of cultural forms across national boundaries. It is designed to consider how popular cultures are constructed, marketed and then consumed by their audiences. By the conclusion of the module students will have had the opportunity to gain knowledge of significant debates in the academic cultural studies as well as the critical skills necessary for them to carry out their own small-scale studies of examples.

Model United Nations

This module is designed to provide an introduction to the activities of the United Nations, as well as an understanding of the practices of international diplomacy and governance. The module will aim to use a discussion of contemporary international issues to explore some of the protocol and procedures of diplomacy. It will also seek to provide students with an introduction to issues of international organisation and international law and treaty-making. All of this is designed to assist students in preparing for their role as a 'diplomat' at a Model United Nations conference.

Policing Crime and Deviance (Option)

This module aims to examine core questions about the increasingly diverse forms of policing of crime and deviance. It considers how and why we have policed different forms of crime and deviance and why those changes have occurred and the competing character of many of the positions involved.

Political Parties

This module aims to address a variety of issues relating to political parties in the United Kingdom. The political science literature covers a wide variety of topics around parties. Amongst those which are examined in this module are the following; the historical development of parties; the role of parties in terms of mobilisation of support, electioneering and campaigning, recruitment of personnel; representation of the electorate and issue-based politics; and the partisan divide. These will be examined primarily within the context of a discussion of the three major parties within the British political system including their development, their ideological tenets and their contemporary positions. However, towards the end of the module these will be set against the position of other parties within the UK including the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru and the Northern Irish parties, to which will be added a comparative perspective, drawing upon the roles and experiences of parties in Western Europe.

Politics and Society in Contemporary China (Option)

This module is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop an up-to-date and in-depth understanding of the social, political and economic issues facing contemporary China. Using a key text, this module starts with a broad sweep of China’s modern history, from the imperial era to the present, with the aim of providing essential context for understanding the current political and social environment. The module ends with an analysis of China’s future, challenges and prospects, in the decades to come.

Psychology in the Criminal Justice Process (Option)

This module is designed as an introduction to how psychology might contribute to our understanding of the various actors and organisations within the criminal justice process. Students are expected to critically compare and contrast the theories and methodologies employed in creating psychological knowledges, with those commonly used in the discipline of criminology and in this context, they will be expected to recognise both the contributions and problems presented by the use of psychological knowledges in the criminal justice process. Students will also be expected to undertake their own research project around a psychological theme; apply a statistical analysis to the data they collect and then consider how their results might impact on a relevant criminal justice issue.

Regions and Regionalisms

This module aims to examine the role of regionalism in world affairs. It is designed to explore the ways in which regional blocs and regional intergovernmental organisations form, and the nature, politics and purposes of their operation.

Researching Politics and International Relations

Aiming to build upon the level 1 module, ‘Applying Research’, this module is designed to focus more deeply on the nature of research undertaken in the subject areas of Politics and International Relations. The main aim of the module is to give students the opportunity to develop an understanding of what constitutes research in Politics and International Relations and how the research process leads to the production of specific research outputs including dissertations, theses, published academic articles and research monographs.

Social Engagement (Option)

This module encourages students to undertake one or more external activities relevant to their programme of study, and to engage in a critical reflection of the nature of this activity and how it relates to society as a whole and to their personal development as individuals. Relevant activities may involve significant interaction with an organisation outside the University providing an appropriate experience additional to the student’s programme of studies, such as voluntary work or mentoring within a service-providing organisation.

Please note that students will be expected to play a significant role in initiating and arranging their programme of experience and to take responsibility for the frequency and form of experience. There may be additional costs in the form of transportation and accommodation depending on where students wish to pursue experience. The experience will be required to consist of a minimum of 30 hours.

Sociology of Law (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study the relationship between law and society that is law as a social institution and law as a form of social regulation. It aims to explore both classical and contemporary theoretical contributions to the sociology of law and some specific issues which may be analysed include; law and social control, law and social change, the institutions and practices of law and the influence of social categories on the application of law.

Sociology of Religion (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to the principle theories and methods of research in the sociology of religion. Religion will be defined and situated within broader social structures and students will have the opportunity to explore the processes and the changing influence of religion in western society since the early nineteenth century.

Study Abroad (Option)

Students from the School of Social and Political Sciences have the opportunity to enrol at partner institutions in the USA, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands during the third year of their undergraduate degree programme*.

The Study Abroad Initiative is available to those who have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of their degree and enables students to spend a year studying overseas during what would be their third year of study. During the year abroad students will not pay a tuition fee to either the University of Lincoln or their host university. Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students will then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.

The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures.

*Only a limited number of places are available

The Vigilant State: intelligence and national security (Option)

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the study of intelligence. It aims to focus on the basic concepts in intelligence by seeking to establish first what is meant by intelligence, before examining the various elements of intelligence - collection, analysis, counterintelligence and associated activities such as covert political action.

Thinking International Relations

This module is designed to place theory at the centre of the study of world politics. It aims to provides a critical overview of the disciplinary literature of international relations from both mainstream and critical perspectives. The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to both understand and critically employ the concepts, approaches and methods of International Relations theory, and to develop an understanding of their contested nature and the problematic character of inquiry in the discipline.

Thinking Politics

This modules seeks to examine the historical background to the various strands of political thought and ideas. In doing this, it aims to build upon some of the major ideas and concepts introduced at level one, by illustrating linkages between political theories and other aspects of politics. In particular, reference is made to key thinkers who have left their intellectual imprint on political ideas and beliefs.

Understanding the European Union (Option)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the history, institutions, policies and general workings of the European Union.

Welfare Policy and Work (Option)

The module is designed to examine the ways in which the state, through its social security and labour market policies, has affected the lives of those in paid work and those outside it. A particular focus of the course is on the emerging all-party consensus on welfare policy, in which mainstream politicians agree that benefits should no longer be paid to people of working age who refuse work or training, and that governments must ensure that jobs pay more than out-of-work benefits.

Work and Society (Option)

This module seeks to explore the relationship between work and society, drawing on different classical and contemporary sociological theories of work. It aims to examine key areas within the sociology of work such as concepts of work, work-place inequalities, resistance and the reality and challenges of engaging in paid work in the 21st Century.

Youth Justice (Option)

This module aims to provide students with an opportunity to explore the youth justice system in depth, including the theoretical and historical contexts of youth justice, contemporary policy and practice developments and the salience of political agendas in constructing responses to young people’s offending behaviour.

Youth, Culture and Resistance (Option)

This module seeks to prompt a sociological enquiry into youth cultures, addressing issues of identity and meaning within the behaviour, consumption and lifestyles of young people. Reflecting upon contemporary narratives of youth as dangerous or out of control, the module aims to investigate the plurality of youth cultures, and the diversity of young people’s cultural practices.

Level 3

Advanced Quantitative Analysis (Option)

This module aims to build on the teaching in Approaches to Quantitative Data Analysis in year 2 and on Applying Research in year 1. In particular it will seek to enhance the understanding of a variety of different, more sophisticated statistical approaches.

Analysing the Policy Process (Option)

Aiming to build upon Understanding the Policy Process, this module is designed to support students not only to continue to develop their knowledge of a range of perspectives on the policy process but, in addition, to use these to analyse a case study relevant to their degree programme.

Body Politics (Option)

This module aims to introduce students to different paradigms of the 'body' and 'embodiment'. Recent research suggests that our understandings and our relationship with our own and other ‘bodies’ has been and is continuing to undergo radical changes. This module will seek to explore these ongoing developments in Western and non-Western cultures and societies.

Children, Families and the State (Option)

This module aims to examine the nature of family policy as it has developed for different family forms and for different purposes, and seeks to consider why an understanding of family policy is important in the twenty-first century. This is set in historical, ideological and comparative contexts.

Community and Conflict 1 (Option)

This module is all about communities, in particular, communities that are poor, disadvantaged, isolated or 'socially excluded'. In recent years, interest has been re-awakened in the whole idea of community and in what sorts of policies might be most effective in helping communities and solving their problems. This module aims to look critically at all these beliefs and seeks to come to conclusions about their validity.

Community and Conflict 2 (Option)

Community and Conflict II aims to focus on the application of theory, concepts and perspectives developed in Community and Conflict I to particular areas of public policy making including policy implementation.

Counter-Terrorism Studies (Option)

Throughout this module students will have the opportunity to explore how state agencies respond to real and perceived threats of extremism and terrorism. This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the extent to which the state and the media frame extremism and terrorism.

Emotions in Everyday Social Life (Option)

This module seeks to emphasise the significance of emotions in everyday social life and to challenge some of the essentialist explanations of human emotion by exploring ‘emotions’ as social constructs. In doing so, the module aims to explore the role emotions play in social action, considering, for example, how we form personal relationships, make sense of death, dying and falling in love. Furthermore, this module will also consider how emotions are ‘gendered’, ‘racialised’ and explore the role they play in the workplace, and in laws and governance.

Global Civil Society

This module will aim to address the historical origins of global civil society (e.g. the anti-slavery movement), together with diverse and competing contemporary meanings of global civil and ‘uncivil’ society.

Harm, Agency and Regulation (Option)

This module aims to investigate the variety of ways in which harmful activities are executed and regulated and seeks to evaluate the role of criminalisation within these forms of misconduct. The competing claims of ‘individual/organisational’ agency feature strongly in this module as do the variety of frameworks and the feasibility of imposing ‘realistic’ sanctions.

Human Rights (Social Sciences) (Option)

This module is designed to introduce students to human rights at both the conceptual and practical level. It aims to explore the theoretical arguments around the source of human rights and identifies some of the problems and possibilities which emerge from such readings.

Independent Study (Politics and International Relations)

Students are expected to prepare and submit an Independent Study Proposal during semester B at Intermediate Level and appropriate supervisors will be allocated at this stage. The Independent Study preparation will be focused through the Research in Social Policy and Research in Politics and International Relations modules, which aim to familiarise students with real and active models of research in relevant areas.

International Law (Option)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the dynamic, constantly evolving area of international law. Students will have the opportunity to study legal rules which operate in a much broader theatre than national law, with the aim of helping them develop a greater understanding of a changing world order. The module seeks to examine both theoretical and practical applications of International Law and aims to provide students with ample scope for research and independent study.

Multiculturalism and Britishness (Option)

This module is designed to explore political challenges and debates around the presence of culturally diverse populations in the United Kingdom and aims to examine the role this presence plays in understandings of British and English identities.

New Social Movements

This module seeks to understand the significance of new social movements, examining political participation and protest outside of ‘mainstream’ traditional politics.

Parliamentary Studies (Option)

This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop an in-depth knowledge of how the UK Parliament works, in theory and in practice. It will aim to examine Parliament’s twin relationships with the Executive and with the citizen, and situate these within broader theories and debates about democratic accountability and the nature of representation.

The module also aims to bring students into closer contact with Parliament through handling Parliamentary materials and by facilitating contact with Parliamentarians through, for example an external speaker series, and when possible an optional visit to Parliament.

Please note that where opportunities arise to take part in a trip to Parliament, students are expected to cover their own transportation and meal costs.

Penology and Penal Policy (Option)

This module aims to locate the theory, practice and history of punishment and penal policy in the context of social control in general. As well as aiming to address the philosophy of punishment, in terms of core concepts of justice, desert, deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation and reparation, it seeks to examine the way in which social control is a fundamental aspect of social relations.

Police Studies (Option)

This module aims to build upon the more general analysis of policing in Policing Crime and Deviance. The aim is to instil a more focused, substantial and critical understanding of the place of policing within the contemporary complex myriad of social controls, as well as the specific organisational and political challenges faced by the police in the 21st Century.

Political Transformations of Russia and China (Option)

This module aims to provide an opportunity for students to sharpen their analytical skills and broaden their knowledge by exposing them to the wide-ranging debates on the problems of transition from Communism. More generally, it aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop the intellectual ability to interpret current and future developments in Russia and China.

Psychology in Prisons (Option)

This module aims to examine both the role of psychology in prisons and the psychological effects of imprisonment. Historically, imprisonment was used to punish those who had broken the law by punishing the body; in comparison imprisonment today has multiple aims, to punish, to deter and to rehabilitate. However, these aims are often compromised due to negative experiences encountered within prison and their psychological effects.

Psychology, Crime and Criminology (Option)

This module aims to focus upon the relationship between Criminology and Psychology, how each approaches the problems of criminal or deviant conduct, and their distinctive contributions to criminal justice. A key aim is to provide students with the opportunity to analyse the extent to which psychology contributes or detracts from criminological projects.

The Colonial Present (Option)

This international relations module seeks to explore the ways in which the contemporary international order can be explained as deriving from the global experience of European colonialism and imperialism. It aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop a knowledge of the nature, politics and consequences of the Western imperial penetration.

The Developing World (Option)

This module takes the politics, economics and societies of the developing world as its subject matter. The module aims to explore a range of contemporary issues confronting the developing world and the module seeks to use case studies extensively throughout, in order to illuminate theory and to demonstrate the broader relevance of the issues under discussion to the study of international relations.

The Politics of Energy (Option)

This module is designed to cover a variety of issues relating to the politics of energy and climate change. It seeks to provide students with a history of energy and climate change policy, an exploration of theoretical approaches and political implications, and also an opportunity to develop a comparative perspective through the examination of examples of EU and global energy and climate change policy and the way in which this is now intrinsically global.

The Politics of Global Health (Option)

This module aims to examine the concepts that shape debates in (and are shaped by) global health, including global health governance and global health diplomacy. It then seeks provide students with the opportunity to critically assesses programmes and strategies designed to address global health challenges such as pandemics, infectious and non-communicable diseases, reproductive health, biosecurity and inequalities of health.

The Politics of Masculinity (Option)

This module is designed to explore the politics of masculinity in contemporary society. Overall, the module will aim to ‘make the familiar strange’ and enable students to question their own assumptions, as well as popular and common sense notions of gender.

Understanding the Policy Process (Option)

This module is designed to focus upon the processes of policy making and implementation at both practical and theoretical levels. It aims to provide students with an introduction to a variety of models of policy making and seeks to discuss the complexities of the distribution of power and decision making, primarily, but not limited to, the field of social policy.

War Crimes and Genocide (Option)

This module is constructed as an attempt to understand the ‘anatomy’ of war crimes and genocide – their origins, ideological basis, socio-political contexts, the techniques and technologies used and relevant theoretical perspectives.

The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Special Features

Research

Research within the School of Social and Political Sciences has helped to inform public policy. Recent research projects have explored parliamentary reform, gender and sexuality, and terrorism. This helps to inform teaching and students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to undertake their own research.

Optional Study Trips

There are opportunities to supplement studies by participating in field trips to key international organisations and political institutions. In recent years, students have visited New York, Washington DC, Brussels, The Hague, Strasbourg and Geneva. These trips are open to all students across the School. Places are limited so students are encouraged to register their interest early in the academic year.

Students participating in the 2016 New York trip will pay £1020 to cover all transport costs, accommodation costs and day trips whilst in New York. Students should also expect to pay for all meals whilst on the trip plus an additional spend for activities in their spare time.

Students participating in the 2016 Geneva trip will pay approximately £650 to cover all transport costs, accommodation costs and day trips whilst in Geneva. Similarly, students should expect to pay for all meals whilst on the trip plus an additional cost for activities during their spare time.

Study Abroad Initiative

Students from the School of Social and Political Sciences have the opportunity to enrol at partner institutions in the USA, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands during the third year of their undergraduate degree programme*.

The Study Abroad Initiative is available to those who have successfully completed years 1 and 2 of their degree and enables students to spend a year studying overseas during what would be their third year of study. During the year abroad students will not pay a tuition fee to either the University of Lincoln or their host university. Students will be responsible for their travel and accommodation costs in addition to their normal living costs throughout the year. Where applicable, visa costs will also need to be covered by the student. Students will then return to the University of Lincoln to complete the final year of their degree.

The initiative enables students to experience their subject from a different perspective and to explore different societies and cultures.

*Only a limited number of places are available

Placements

Students have opportunities to undertake voluntary, competitive work placements with local councils. These offer valuable experience of a professional policy environment and provide the chance to observe how policy is set by central government and executed by local authorities, including how competing priorities can result in different decisions about where to allocate resources. Please note that students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and general living expenses while undertaking a placement.

Placement Year

When you are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, you will be required to cover your own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

Facilities

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever your area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which you may need in your future career.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are well placed for a diverse range of professions in the UK and around the world. With skills such as data collection and evaluation, oral and written presentation and team working, our graduates have secured positions in the civil service in Britain and the European Union, NGOs and the charitable sector, local government, political research and international commerce. Some students choose to continue their studies at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with you to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during your time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing your course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual and website resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise your future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]

Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on your course. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and your meals may be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional you will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay your own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

Related Courses

Our BA (Hons) Criminology degree has been designed to enable students to develop an understanding of the complex nature of crime, punishment and justice. Alternative solutions to crime prevention are examined and there is the opportunity to investigate the impact of crime on society.
The BA (Hons) History degree at the University of Lincoln is distinctive in the breadth of topics that students can choose to study. These include British, European and American history, from the Roman Empire to the end of the 20th Century.
Our BA (Hons) International Relations degree is an interdisciplinary programme which draws upon politics, economics, history, sociology, international law, geography and cultural studies to explore global issues such as conflict, global inequalities, sovereignty and human rights.
This joint programme draws on a range of social science disciplines to examine challenging and controversial national and international issues such as human rights, poverty and social exclusion.
The LLB (Hons) Law degree can be a popular choice for students looking for an exciting and challenging career. This degree has been designed to encourage students to develop a thorough knowledge of substantive law and to think about law practically. Students have the opportunity to reflect upon policy, and the social, political, ethical, philosophical and cultural contexts in which law operates.
This combination offers students the opportunity to study for a law degree while also having the chance to develop a deeper understanding about the causes and consequences of crime.
This BA (Hons) Politics degree covers domestic and global politics, political theory and international relations. Students have the opportunity to explore the big political issues of the day in Britain and around the globe, and study the social and theoretical contexts which underpin these developments.
This degree combines a detailed exploration of political ideas, institutions and processes with an in-depth analysis of policies which have been developed and implemented to deal with the world's social problems.
This joint degree offers the opportunity to gain an insight into the impact of domestic and global politics on the nature of society. Teaching is informed by emerging political themes and contemporary social debate.
This degree aims to explore how social problems arise, how governments react and the impact this has on society. Students can learn the skills necessary to analyse critically the efficacy and fairness of policies and explore public and media responses.
As a Sociology student at Lincoln, you are introduced to the study of human social behaviour, giving you the opportunity to improve your understanding of how societies are organised, how social identities are constructed and the issues facing some of society's most marginalised people.

Tuition Fees

2016/17 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £12,800 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2017/18 Entry UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,000 per level £12,800 per level
Part-time £75 per credit point  
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

For further information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions]