BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics
This combined Honours Degree provides students with a broad grounding in the study of Politics and International Relations.
Through the study of national, comparative, international and global politics, students will acquire an appreciation of the key themes driving contemporary International Relations and Politics. They will develop understanding of the influence of different political cultures and traditions on outcomes.
By the time they reach the final year, students will be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of the theories of International Relations and Politics to key roles in the global system and to the study of contemporary conflicts.
How You Study
Studying Politics and International Relations at Lincoln combines directed and independent learning.
Each module is delivered my means of a weekly lecture and an associated weekly seminar. The seminars 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 will undertake independent learning utilising traditional library as well as a wide range of electronic resources.
The Level One module Applying Research aims to provide students with the requisite skills for effective independent learning.
How You Are Assessed
Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment in the form of essays, reports, presentations and reviews, and examinations.
Assessment varies from module to module depending on the subject of study.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. After completing this module students should be able to:
- Explain what research is and why we do it
- Explain how research may be carried out: quantitatively
- Explain how research may be carried out: qualitatively.
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 will introduce students to core issues of relevance to international relations study. The unit initially focuses on the development of mechanisms to control and avoid the emergence of international conflict in its various guises. It then moves on to examine a number of key contemporary issues such as 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.
Identity and Citizenship
This module explicitly adopts an interdisciplinary approach to core questions of relevance to today’s society. Taking the notion of identity as its leitmotif, the module introduces students to those ways in which academic knowledge has traditionally been divided along disciplinary lines. With this by way of background, the module will guide students in bringing knowledge forms from within their own – and other – disciplines to bear on key contemporary social and political issues. As such, the module will expose students to the potentials and pitfalls of adopting an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving and policy development in areas concerning (for example) citizenship, social belonging and isolation, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion or nationalism. Throughout students will be encouraged to think critically about the nature of their own identities and the impact of their future professional practise on the nature and practise of identities.
Who Runs Britain? Power, Politics and Beyond
This module introduces 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 will 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 examines the distribution of power through an examination of the key institutions and actors in the British political process, such as the government, the Cabinet, Prime Minister, political parties, the Civil Service, and the judiciary.
Comparative Politics and Policy
The use of comparative methodology in the social sciences is neither value-free nor uncontroversial. Nevertheless this module proceeds with the belief that comparative methodology can be a useful tool for social and political analysis. The module therefore begins with a consideration of the development of comparative approaches, the use of a range of comparative techniques and the validity of comparison.
The module then proceeds to an examination of some basic concepts that can help provide an understanding of the bases upon which governments are built and operate, such as political culture, legitimacy and authority.
The analytical and theoretical tools from the early parts of the module are then applied empirically to consider a variety of features of contemporary politics and policy, particularly in the context of democratic transition in different regions of the world, including (but not limited to) Asia, Africa, Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. Social policy issues such as health, education, immigration and poverty are examined in the context of a country or region’s political climate. The issues and countries studied may vary to take account of staff specialisms political and social developments around the world.
Regional intergovernmental organisations, which have been increasing in number, have been a common feature of international politics since the end of the Second World War. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), the European Union, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), are just examples of such organisations. However, these organisations do not exist in a theoretical vacuum and are there to achieve certain goals both at the regional and the state level. The achievements of these goals, at regional and state levels, are very interesting areas of analysis in order to assess the extent to which these organisations have been successful or not.
Law, Order and Politics (Option)
At the heart of debate on law and order is the balance between a need for states to maintain civic order and to protect the rights of the individual. One of the defining characteristics of the state is the right to use violence. Although a necessary power, it is one fraught with danger, evoking fears of a 'police state' or a military dictatorship, and the world is full of examples of how real this threat is. The Law, Order and Politics module seeks to use a multi-disciplinary approach to the subject area that crosses all boundaries. To this end we investigate concepts and practices in Britain and then go on to examine the processes of globalization with crime and the growing significance of different historical and cultural experiences of law, order and social control. We begin with an overview of the philosophical framework underpinning law and order in Britain from the post-war period up to 1979. We consider relations between politicians and the judiciary in recent years from the perspective of democracy and governance in contemporary Britain. We examine the extent to which political ideology affects the way that both main parties in Britain have viewed crime. We argue that all governments need to grapple with the boundaries between civic order and individual liberty. A key component of this module, therefore, is to make comparisons between law, order and politics in both democratic and non-democratic states. We reflect, for example, on Chinese conceptions of public order and community justice, the influence of Sharia Law in Britain and the Middle East, and characteristics of organized crime and international networks in Europe, North America and Asia.
Model United Nations (Option)
This module is designed to provide an introduction to the activities of the United Nations, as well as providing an understanding of the practices of international diplomacy and governance. The module will use a discussion of contemporary international issues to explore some of the protocol and procedures of diplomacy. It will also provide students with an introduction to issues of international organization and international law and treaty-making. All of this will assist students in preparing for their role as a 'diplomat' at a Model United Nations conference.
This module will cover 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.
Researching Politics and International Relations
In its broadest sense, the process of doing research is concerned with obtaining knowledge or ‘finding out what you currently do not know’. As such, doing research is a common-day practice in everyday life and involves steps and skills which are familiar to most people. For example, students finding out information about their University faculty, department and degree (for example, who the members of staff are, what are their research interests, what modules are taught and when) involves various forms of fact-finding activity and as such represent important examples of the research process.
However, determining the relative value and merit of the information obtained is a far less straightforward task. Research requires, also, that we are able to make judgements about information (or ‘knowledge’): how do we decide that information is valid? Are certain forms of information more valid than others? Addressing these sorts of questions involves critical reflection on the information we have, what we think we know and how we might seek to validate what we think we know. Indeed the outcome of a piece of research may appear to be largely negative, simply forcing us to be less assertive about what we believe or believed to be true.
Researching Politics and International Relations typically involves both of these processes : gathering information in various ways (for example, through interviews, surveys, through reading and studying existing research, through sifting information from an existing source, such as an archive) for particular purposes and critically scrutinising the validity of that information.
Building on the level 1 module, ‘Applying Research’, this module focuses more deeply on the nature of research undertaken in the subject areas of Politics and International Relations. One of the main aims of the module is to enable you to understand, in concrete terms, 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. In addition, the module aims to provide you with the knowledge base necessary for the production of your own substantial piece of independent research at level 3.
Thinking International Relations
This module places theory at the centre of the study of world politics. It 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 ability 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. Case studies and contemporary materials will be used extensively throughout the module to illustrate the varying theoretical models and their applicability in the contemporary world.
Building upon some of the major ideas and concepts introduced at level one, this module aims to examine in more depth key debates both in the history of political ideas and in contemporary political analysis. In particular, reference is made to key thinkers from the past who have left their intellectual imprint on political ideas, as well as important contemporary thinkers, in order to assess the contribution that they have made to political theory and the extent to which they have impacted on the practice and analysis of politics. The module provides the theoretical underpinnings needed to facilitate a thorough understanding of political ideas, beliefs and ideologies and also important disputes which characterise contemporary political analysis. In so doing, the module demonstrates various differing approaches to analysing political concepts, thereby enabling students to develop a more sophisticated understanding of concepts deployed in their own work.
Politics and political participation tends dominantly to be understood in terms of formal processes associated with the institutional state, especially the liberal democratic state. But politics extends beyond such a conception to include groups and associations in civil society which, through association, protest and seek to establish alternatives, challenge formal politics and seek to take the meaning of politics and political action and association beyond liberal democratic definitions. Such forms are often referred to as anti-systemic politics. This module examines various forms of political activity and association beyond the formal liberal democratic state. It starts by examining the relationship between liberal democracy and old social movements and considers fundamental challenges to conceptions of politics, drawn from this framework, such as globalisation. The module then traces distinct challenges to liberal democratic politics emanating from civil society, notably various forms neoliberalism, and alternative new social movements. The module concludes by considering projects for the remoulding of politics, post-globalisation, such as cosmopolitanism.
Body Politics (Option)
This module introduces the 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 explore these ongoing developments in Western and non-Western cultures and societies. Throughout we will be concerned to link theoretical accounts of the ‘body’ with developments in contemporary societies. The module will further demonstrate the relevance of conceptions of ‘body’ in different academic and professional arenas. The module will equip the students with the skills to identify and critically explore a diversity of current representations of 'body' in everyday life.
Globalisation and Developing Societies
The module introduces students to the possibilities of rethinking the processes of international change and exchange as they affect developing societies and peoples. This involves both a critical reading of disciplinary international relations and an engagement with alternative sources of knowledge about international processes. Beginning with the impact of Western imperial penetration, the module explores the interaction between North and South. It then reviews paradigms drawn from postcolonial studies, the discipline of history and globalization theory as they bear upon contemporary issues such as nation, development, violence and gender. Throughout students will be encouraged to relate theory to accounts of lived experience.
Human Rights (Social Sciences)
This module addresses the general ideas of Human Rights and focuses in particular on the critical reading of Human Rights as one single universal paradigm. The practical critique of Human Rights proposed in this module is founded on the belief that Human Rights are important and worthy of protection. The three main propositions outlined in this module relate to the presentation of Human Rights as if they are universal; the notion that they pertain to a logic which focuses on the individual to the neglect of solidarity and other social values; and the argument that the concept of Human Rights derives from a reasoning which is far too abstract.
The academic interdisciplinary approach of this module should be emphasised, as the aid of several disciplines will be called upon, mainly but not exclusively, politics, legal philosophy, sociology, anthropology, international relation studies, post-colonial studies and criminology, in order to deconstruct the notion of the universality of Human Rights.
Independent Study (Social Sciences)
Students will be required 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 focussed through the Research in Social Policy module, which will familiarise students with real and active models of research in relevant areas. Therefore, the module will be guided by a clearly demarcated process of: research proposal; refinement; supervisor allocation; critical comment; initiation of lines of enquiry; implementation and monitoring of research over three Semesters. At stages agreed between the student and supervisor throughout level three, student progress will be reviewed in relation to research undertaken, clarity of objectives, report/dissertation plan and the submission of a dossier of work/chapters undertaken so far. The teaching support will be ongoing over the two semesters; but will be primarily geared to assisting the student on issues/problems such as research methods and ethical considerations, managing and presenting research materials and suitable theoretical approaches in their chosen research area.
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 module considers the historical, philosophical, political and sociological aspects of war crimes and genocide and for this reason it is particularly appealing to students who wish to develop a wider understanding of academic disciplines such as criminology, sociology, international relations, politics, psychology, law and modern and contemporary history.
The module will include consideration of key case-studies which may include Armenia, Rwanda, Sudan, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, Cambodia and Tibet. This module will also offer some reflections on responses to genocide and discuss the challenges involved in addressing these particular categories of crimes at the international level.
Student as Producer
Student as Producer is a development of the University of Lincoln's policy of research-informed teaching to research-engaged teaching. Research-engaged teaching involves more research and research-like activities at the core of the undergraduate curriculum. A significant amount of teaching at the University of Lincoln is already research-engaged.
Student as Producer will make research-engaged teaching an institutional priority, across all colleges and subject areas. In this way students become part of the academic project of the University and collaborators with academics in the production of knowledge and meaning. Research-engaged teaching is grounded in the intellectual history and tradition of the modern university.
Please visit the Student as Producer website for further information. [http://studentasproducer.lincoln.ac.uk/]
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