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MA Politics

MA Politics

1 year 2 years School of Social and Political Sciences Lincoln Campus [L] Validated 1 year 2 years School of Social and Political Sciences Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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Introduction

This MA in Politics is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of political theories, institutions and actors, and to develop a range of political research skills.

This programme offers a distinctive range of modules which draw on the considerable research and teaching expertise within the School of Social and Political Sciences. The programme is designed to develop specialist subject knowledge and also to equip you with a range of transferable skills relevant both to further academic study and employment.

In addition to modules on politics, policy-making and political theory, a key feature of the programme is the provision of core modules designed to provide advanced research skills. The programme also offers a diverse range of optional modules drawing on expertise within the School covering a diverse range of topics including gender, social policy, terrorism and international relations.

Students on the programme will join a dynamic community of scholars and have access to a range of extra-curricular activities including external speakers and overseas study visits.

How You Study

This degree offers a distinctive range of modules, drawing upon the existing research and teaching expertise in gender studies in the School of Social and Political Sciences and wider university in order to continually develop, and deliver, an academically rigorous and contemporary programme.

This programme is not only designed to develop specialist subject knowledge, but aims to equip you with a set of transferable skills relevant to further academic study and employment.

The incorporation of a strong research methods element within the MA is designed to enhance employability and development of transferable skills.

Students will be taught using a range of methods including lectures, seminars/workshops and tutorials.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Full-time students on this programme can expect to receive approximately 8 hours of contact time per week. However, this may vary depending on which optional modules are selected.

The research methods modules on this programme are taught in weekly four-hour sessions and the remaining modules are primarily taught through two-hour weekly lecture and seminar sessions.

In addition, students are expected to attend personal tutor groups, dissertation workshops, and meetings with their tutors and dissertation supervisor.

We expect that a full-time student on this course would engage in at least four hours of self-study for every one hour of lecture and seminar time. This equates to 32 hours of self-study per week.

These figures are halved for part-time study.

How You Are Assessed

The programme is designed to expose you to a range of different forms of assessment and to develop a range of academic, professional and work-relevant skills such as public speaking.

You will have the chance to develop written communication skills through essays, report writing and the Masters’ dissertation, all of which are designed to expand skills in professional and academic writing. Oral communication skills are also assessed, providing the opportunity to enhance your public presentation and public speaking abilities.


The development of high-level research skills is a central feature of the programme. You will have the opportunity to develop these through the core research methods modules and apply them in your dissertation. Further research skills are also embedded in assessments throughout other core and option modules.

Critical, analytical and reflexive thinking are central to all assessments. IT skills can be developed in many modules and include word processing, digital data management and presentation, statistical data handling, the use of electronic search engines and other resources.

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.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:1 honours degree (or an equivalent-level qualification from an overseas university) in a related subject.

Candidates holding other qualifications or substantial relevant work experience, may be considered on an individual basis.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Dr Andrew Defty
adefty@lincoln.ac.uk
01522 886089

Enquiries:
pgenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 835200

Master's Level

Analysing Policy Success and Failure (Option)

There is a growing interest, amongst academics and policymakers, in what constitutes policy success and how to avoid policy failure. This module addresses the notions of policy success and failure by examining the growing theoretical and conceptual literature on the subject and seeking to apply this in a series of workshops focused on examples of policy successes and failures.

The module will focus on the conceptual challenge of defining success and failure, and examine the range of factors which various studies have identified as contributing to policy success or failure - including structural, process, programmatic and behavioural factors. Through a series of case study workshops students will be given the opportunity to apply this conceptual literature to a number of real-world examples.

Comparative Legislatures (Option)

This module aims to provide an in-depth understanding of the role of legislatures in political systems, and how the form, structure, activities and impacts of legislatures varies across a range of states. It will focus on the broad differences in the role and impact of legislatures in parliamentary and presidential systems, and through a series of case studies examine the operation of legislatures in a range of states such as the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, France, China and Russia.

Critical Reading in the Social and Political Sciences (Core)

This social science module explores the ways in which knowledge is created, communicated, consumed and debated in the social and political sciences. It exposes students to key issues of methodological choice, issue framing, research ethics and author subject-position through interrogation of contemporary and classical texts of relevance to the social and political sciences and the disciplinary concerns of the MA programmes on which it appears. The module seeks to develop students’ skills in critical reading and in both oral and written academic debate.

Feminisms: Theories and Debates (Option)

This module explores feminist theories of gender, applying feminist perspectives to contemporary issues. As there is no single ‘feminist’ perspective, the module will introduce students to different strands of feminist thought including liberal, radical and postmodern feminisms. Feminist debates around the nature of gender/sex, the causes of gender inequality, the intersection of gender with other important social and political identities (such as race, class and sexuality) and disagreements over strategies for how best to address continuing gender inequalities will all be addressed.

Global Health: Policy and Practice (Option)

Global health policy is an area of growing concern in both theory and practice. Increasingly, health and healthcare issues cross national borders. Political, economic, social, cultural and environmental factors at all levels, from local to global, influence the health statuses of individuals and populations. International institutions (e.g. the World Health Organization), philanthropic organisations (e.g. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and multinational corporations (‘big pharma’) play key roles in the politics of health, as well as national governments and health systems.

This module examines the concepts that shape debates in (and are shaped by) global health, including global health governance and global health diplomacy. It then 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.

Global Issues in Gender and Sexuality (Option)

This module aims to provide the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of some central concepts and theoretical debates on gender and sexuality including feminist theory and masculinities. These can be examined in greater depth in the context of key issues relating to power and economy in contemporary global politics.

These theories can then be applied to a range of case studies/issues. These case studies may change to reflect contemporary issues and academic developments but sample topics include decision-making processes in national and international political systems, the construction of gender and sexual identities in a globalised world and militarised masculinities.

Global Politics & Religion (Option)

Politics and IR have been comparatively slow to integrate religion into their theoretical and empirical subject matter. All too often they have uncritically accepted the liberal myths that politics and religion can and should be kept safely apart and that a “secular” state system is the answer to sectarian violence. In contrast, this module offers an interdisciplinary investigation of global politics and religion, drawing not only on Politics and IR, but also on Sociology, Theology, History, and Anthropology. It seeks to get beyond secular, Western conceptions of religion and to think instead about religion and its relationship to politics from a more “global” perspective.

Global Social Policy (Option)

This module provides a comparative and global context to the study of social policy. It draws upon the development of comparative social policy and examines a range of issues underlying the study of social policy, such as economic, demographic, ideological and political influences, to explore features of welfare provision.

The module explores cross-national variations in provision across specific policy areas and considers the range of contexts, aims and methods of social policy in developed and developing countries. It considers the emergence of analyses such as those based upon gender, exclusion, poverty and rights, together with the emergence of social development. The module concludes with an overview of the conclusions of studies of the international dimensions of social policy and international perspectives on welfare futures.

Globalisation (Option)

This module aims to examine the background to globalisation and its relationship to the emerging trends towards regional governance and integration. The module seeks to draw out the implications of these trends for the nation state and its various corporate and policy actors.

The current globalisation trend has far-reaching consequences. Its origins are economic and lie in the gradual movement towards economic interdependence and integration of markets which has been taking place during the second half of the twentieth century.

Globalisation also reflects the decline of US hegemony and the collapse of Soviet power. Globalisation poses a major legitimisation challenge to the nation-state and nation-state based political economies. This has been evident in a tendency in recent years for national governments to seek to ‘depoliticise’ social and economic policy decisions by reference to ‘global forces’. More pro-actively the challenge to the nation-state has given a new impetus to the development of regional political economies notably the EU.

International Human Rights Law (Option)

The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity to develop a critical understanding of international human rights, and the way in which the concept of such rights is used to promote respect for certain standards and to protect the rights of individuals. The module will involve considering the role of international organisations (such as the United Nations); regional organisations (such as the Council of Europe); and the enforcement of international standards at regional and domestic levels.

International Organisations (Option)

This module will explore a range of theories and issues relating to international organizations today. Mainstream approaches in International Relations are state-centric, that is, they take the state as their primary unit of analysis. However, developments in international politics in the last century or so pose significant challenges to a state-centric worldview.

The two World Wars of the twentieth century each resulted in the creation of a supernational organization intended to promote peaceful cooperation between states: first the League of Nations, then the United Nations. The advent of the atom bomb in 1945, and then the hydrogen bomb in 1953, significantly strengthened that imperative.

In the 1970s a series of economic shocks to the international order drew attention to the importance of economic factors to global politics and, by extension, the importance of international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. Meanwhile, regional organizations such as the European Union, the Arab League, and ASEAN have come to play an increasingly important role in world politics – in part as a result of decolonization, in part as a challenge to US hegemony.

Masculinities, Power and Society (Option)

This module explores masculinities and the operation of power through masculinities in society. It aims to engage with key theoretical perspectives on gender and masculinity, taking an in-depth look at these concepts, along with related ideas such as ‘hegemonic masculinity,’ ‘heteronormativity’ and ‘intersectionality.’ Important contemporary debates in masculinities scholarship will be addressed, such as around hegemonic masculinity, whether this is a useful concept and how far it can explain (global) gendered power relations. Masculinities and masculinity will also be explored in different empirical settings.

Master's Dissertation in Politics (Core)

The dissertation module allows students to explore their own interests relevant to the study of politics. It provides students with an opportunity to undertake and produce an independent piece of in-depth research. Students can develop their research ideas in collaboration with teaching staff and will be supported to design and implement a coherent, robust research project and to write up their findings/analysis in the form of a dissertation.

The format of the study will vary from primarily library-based or theoretical research to the production of empirical research through qualitative or quantitative fieldwork. Students will need to: examine an issue related to their discipline; demonstrate the ability to critically review the relevant academic literature; address a clear research question or hypothesis; address ethical issues in conducting social research; and give a clear explanation and defence of the methods they have chosen as most appropriate to their study.

NGOs: Policy and Practice (Option)

This module explores contemporary debates surrounding the growth of NGOs (Non Governmental Organisations) looking at how citizens' groups play roles that go far beyond political activism. Evaluating claims that the growth of NGOs arises from demands by citizens for accountability, this module considers how citizens' groups are increasingly powerful at the corporate, national and international level. It will also pose the questions whether citizens’ groups are leading towards an ‘international civil society’ and whether NGOs represent a dangerous shift of power towards un-elected and un-accountable special interest groups.

Policy and Strategy in a Global Context (Option)

This module focuses upon the key actors involved in policy making and also upon different models of the policy-making process. The aim is to introduce students to the theoretical framework within which global public policy is made and operates. Unlike any examination of public policy at undergraduate level, the approach here involves a much more in-depth critique of the policy-making process and greater attention to the application of public policies, i.e. a more overt linkage between theory and practice.

Students can participate in a cabinet committee simulation. These are designed to facilitate greater understanding of the policy-making process in action. This experiential learning will aim to develop the in-depth understanding that is required at masters level. Cabinet committees are used, but it may be deemed appropriate to substitute other role-play situations where policy making occurs in order to provide a variety of settings.

Political Analysis (Core)

Politics, like other social sciences, is an essentially a contested field, in which there is significant disagreement amongst researchers about how to analyse political institutions, ideas and behaviour. This module aims to provide an advanced level of understanding of issues related to the theoretical basis of contemporary political analysis. The module deals with the use of theory and meta-theory in politics and international relations.

It begins with an examination of the nature of explanation and understanding in the social sciences before examining a series of key theoretical and meta-theoretical debates within the discipline. Amongst the topics to be covered are the relationship between ontology and epistemology, structure, agency and power and the role of ideas in political analysis.

Politics and Public Policy (Core)

This modules seeks to introduce students to the fundamentals of the policy process and provide an advanced understanding of the impact of politics on policy-making in a range of different settings. The module will examine policy-making in theory and in practice, the various actors involved in the policy process and the implementations and evaluation of policy. The module also seeks to move discussion beyond central government by examining policy making under multi-level governance, the role of non-state actors and the importance of policy transfer.

In addition to providing a grounding in the policy process, the module is designed to provide students, who may already have a grounding in politics, and practitioners, who may have practical experience of policy-making, with an in-depth understanding of the various theoretical approaches to the study of policy-making. Through discussion and assessment it will also look to equip students with the tools to evaluate policy success and failure.

Postcolonial Studies (Option)

This module aims to introduces students to the field of postcolonial studies. It examines major postcolonial concerns such as the ethnocentricism of the Euro-Atlantic international system, the need to elevate Third World interests and perspectives, the appropriateness of universal prescriptions such as democratisation and neoliberalism, the making and unmaking of nations, ethnicity and violence, and questions about resource distribution.

In parallel, it examines those calls for global change that have emerged from within postcolonial studies and evaluates whether or not postcolonial politics and scholarship offers alternative ways of pursuing progressive change within the developing world. On completion of the subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop an imaginative understanding of the issues confronting developing societies, and be able to decide for themselves how these might best be addressed in the context of contending knowledge formations.

Public Policy, Administration and Management (Option)

This module examines a variety of perspectives that can be used to analyse and understand the processes of policy implementation and administration and management in the public sector. It relates closely to the module Policy and Strategy in a Global Context and is designed to complement the knowledge developed in that unit through a greater emphasis on the practice of the administration of policy. The module aims to combine conceptual and practical debates in its coverage of key debates in public policy and administration. It draws upon recent developments around public administration and public management to provide coverage of many of the contemporary issues in this field.

Researching Social and Political Sciences (Core)

This module is designed to introduce students to researching in social and political sciences. The aim of the module is to provide a crucial foundation for all students (regardless of disciplinary background) to understand debates around research methods/methodologies in social science; to enable familiarity with a variety of research methods and to equip students to be able to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of applying specific methodologies/methods to different research projects in social and political sciences.

Overall, the module will aim to prepare students for independent studies later in their degree and equip them with transferable research skills.

Sex, Sexuality and Gender in Asia (Option)

This module explores the analytical approaches to gender and sexuality in the context of a range of Asian societies. It will examine the theoretical assumptions underlying the idea that the body is a primary site of cultural practice. Its central themes will include representations of gender, gender and power, sexuality and gender identity, the racialization of the body, gender and religion, and the intersection of race and gender.

This module will provide students with the opportunity to develop an understanding of the historical development of gender identities in Asia, and the contingent nature of representations of sexuality.

State Crime & Atrocity (Option)

This module explores the relationship between state power, crime and atrocity. It utilises an interdisciplinary approach to examine how harm comes to be defined in particular ways and explores how and why certain forms of violence are subjected to criminalisation at national and international levels.

The module seeks to analyse the strengths and limitations of ethical scrutiny which renders some forms of atrocity explicit, whilst leaving others invisible. The module critically engages with core aspects of international criminal law, international relations, politics and criminology, applying theoretical insights to both historical and contemporary examples of state crime and atrocity. By concerning itself with both the theory and practice of violence, it aims to strengthen and enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of how state crime and atrocity occurs, how these might be responded to, and the problems and possibilities of prevention .

Terrorism (Option)

The label ‘terrorism’ is applied erratically with little clear precision or exclusivity to its use and failing to clearly differentiate those labelled 'terrorists'. The long and contested histories of diverse political and ideological struggles in respect of securing the legitimacy of this label, and/or the resistance to it, are often made unclear by the cultural significance the label itself.

The aim of this module is to provide a critical understanding of these heated debates focusing on past and current management strategies, their relative strengths and weaknesses, the problems with conceptualisation and their various proponents from the worlds of academia/counter insurgency studies, political and criminal justice/military ‘experts’.

Theories and Concepts in International Relations (Option)

This module aims to provide students with a graduate-level overview of both mainstream and critical approaches to theorising international relations. The emphasis is on evaluating and applying theories, understanding the historical development of international relations as a field, and engaging with contemporary debates and concerns.

The module explores how the discipline of international relations is characterised by competing interpretations and applications of key concepts and differing methodological approaches and views about the practical purpose underpinning theories of world politics.

Students will be encouraged to critically explore the ways in which international relations theory influences policy-making and practice. On a broader level, students can gain insights into the contested nature of contemporary global politics. 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.

Transition From Communism to Post-Communism (Option)

The module aims to develop the analytical skills and provide the opportunity to broaden students' knowledge by exposing them to the wide-ranging debates on the problems of transition from Communism focusing, for example, on the Soviet and post-Soviet systems.

Students have the opportunity to develop knowledge of not only of the academic literature on late Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics but also to read several major works from the comparative literature on transitions in order to assess the relevance of generalisations in that body of scholarship to the Soviet and Russian transition. They are encouraged also to consider what contribution an understanding of the Soviet and Russian case has to make to political science more generally. The module analyses both the significant achievements and the major problems of transition from Communism to post- Communism in Russia.

More generally, it aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to interpret current and future developments in Russia. Given the continuing importance of Russia in international relations, this may be of of practical benefit to careers other than academia - among them politics, the civil service, international banking, and journalism.

Transnational and Organised Crime (Option)

By exploring transnational crime in the context of globalising justice, this module is designed to introduce students to the phenomena of organised crime and criminal organisation and its implications for social justice. Drawing on literature from a number of disciplines, it will explore definitional issues and theoretical explanations before moving on to examine trends in serious crime activity, government responses and the difficulties in data collection.

Transnational Environmental Governance (Option)

Environmental governance and ecological issues have arguably never been more important. This module will explore environmental governance by international organisations, issues in implementation of environmental policy, and the experiences of local communities. In particular, the module will explore ideas stemming from the broad field of political ecology which applies ideas of political economy to explain failures and progress in our world's attempt to save the planet.

Transnational Security Studies (Option)

This course aims to provide students with an advanced and comprehensive overview of international security in the 21st century. Specifically, it seeks to understand the issues, actors and solutions that drive security agendas in various parts of the world. Through a detailed study of key debates and key issues in the study and practice of security, the module engages with the following three questions: Security for whom and from what?; Security by whom?; Security of what and where? Emphasis will be placed on the philosophical and political connotations of certain security problems, the impact of security actors in the meaning and practice of security, and the ‘constructed’ nature of our understanding of certain contemporary security challenges.

U.S. Exceptionalism (Option)

The term ‘American exceptionalism’ – or, more precisely, ‘US exceptionalism’ (since the United States does not represent all of America) – has gone viral in recent years. Previously only used by a small group of American Studies scholars and historians, the term was first propelled into public discourse by the Republican Party during the failed presidential campaigns of John McCain (2008) and Mitt Romney (2012). Since then it has become a ‘hegemonic’ concept.

This module aims to provide MA students with a highly advanced knowledge and critical understanding of US exceptionalism. The aim is to encourage students to think holistically and critically about the discourse of US exceptionalism so as to understand its roots in contemporary power relations and be able to challenge it.

Special Features

Optional Overseas Study Trip

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

Please note that students who wish to take part in an overseas study trip will be required to cover all transport, accommodation and day trip costs. Students should also expect to cover all meal costs whilst on the trip, plus an additional spend for activities in their spare time.

Career and Personal Development

Careers Services

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 here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other 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.

  • The MA Politics places considerable emphasis on advanced research methods, enabling students to hone qualitative and quantitative research skills, and supporting them in becoming confident researchers in their own right.
  • The programme draws on a range of subject specialisms within the School of Social and Political Sciences and connects students with tutors who are research leaders in their respective fields of study.
  • The atmosphere in the School of Social and Political Sciences is collegial and friendly. All students are invited to attend the School’s research seminar series. Tutors are approachable and keen to support students on their personal research and career paths.

Introduction

The MA Politics offers you the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of politics and policymaking across national and international settings. You can explore critical issues that drive the political process and examine the role of the state in the governance of society. You can consider contemporary challenges, such as policy formulation and implementation in areas such as counter-terrorism, gender equality and health. Together with tutors and peers, you have the opportunity to engage in important discussions about the future of representative democracy in Britain and globally.

The programme draws on expertise within the School of Social and Political Sciences, and you can benefit from close support by specialist academics. A key feature is the provision of core modules that aim to familiarise you with advanced research skills. The MA in Politics is designed to help you to become a confident researcher with the ability to explore all dimensions of the policymaking process.

How You Study

The learning and teaching strategy adopted within the MA Politics reflects a commitment to self-directed, student-centred learning, with an emphasis on applied analytical skills.

This degree offers a distinctive range of modules, drawing upon the existing research and teaching expertise in the School of Social and Political Sciences to deliver an academically rigorous and contemporary programme. Please note that the availability of optional modules will vary due to staff availability and student numbers.

This programme is not only designed to develop a student’s specialist subject knowledge, but aims to equip students with a set of transferable skills relevant to further academic study and employment. The incorporation of a strong research methods element within the MA is designed to enhance employability and development of transferable skills.

Students will be taught using a range of methods including lectures, seminars/workshops and tutorials. Lectures are designed to introduce students to key themes and perspectives, generate enthusiasm for further enquiry, provide illustrative examples and to signpost substantive issues.

Seminars and workshops provide students with an environment for more interactive learning and reflection, aimed at deepening critical understanding of the subject matter. These sessions are organised in a variety of ways, including tutor or student-led discussions, presentations, and problem-solving exercises, normally centred on a particular theme.

Tutorials are available to students on an individual or small-group basis as a means of supporting the preparation of individual or group assignments, offering feedback on progress, dealing with any particular learning difficulties, and offering advice on specific choices within the module programme. E-learning will be supported through use of the University’s virtual learning environment.

Full-time students on this programme can expect to receive approximately eight hours of contact time per week. However, this may vary depending on which optional modules are selected by students.

The research methods modules on this programme are taught in weekly two-hour sessions and the remaining modules are mostly taught through two-hour weekly lecture and seminar sessions. In addition, students attend personal tutor groups, Independent Study/dissertation workshops, and have meetings with their Independent Study/dissertation supervisor.

We expect that a full-time student on this course would engage in four hours of self-study for every one hour of lecture and seminar time. This equates to 32 hours of self-study per week. These figures are halved for part-time study.

How You Are Assessed

The programme is designed to expose you to a range of different forms of assessment and to develop a range of academic, professional and work-relevant skills such as public speaking.

You will have the chance to develop written communication skills through essays, report writing and the Masters’ dissertation, all of which are designed to expand skills in professional and academic writing. Oral communication skills are also assessed, providing the opportunity to enhance your public presentation and public speaking abilities.

The development of high-level research skills is a central feature of the programme. You will have the opportunity to develop these through the core research methods modules and apply them in your dissertation. Further research skills are also embedded in assessments throughout other core and option modules.

Critical, analytical and reflexive thinking are central to all assessments. IT skills can be developed in many modules and include word processing, digital data management and presentation, statistical data handling, the use of electronic search engines and other resources.


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.

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:2 honours degree (or an equivalent-level qualification from an overseas university) in a related subject.

Candidates holding other qualifications or substantial relevant work experience, may be considered on an individual basis.

International Students will require English Language at IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each element, or equivalent. http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements

Key Contacts

Academic:
Dr Jan Dobbernack
jdobbernack@lincoln.ac.uk
01522 886473

Enquiries:
pgenquiries@lincoln.ac.uk
+44 (0)1522 886644

Master's Level

Comparative Legislatures (Option)

This module provide an in-depth understanding of the role of legislatures in political systems, and how the form, structure, activities and impacts of legislatures varies across a range of states. It will focus on the broad differences in the role and impact of legislatures in parliamentary and presidential systems, and through a series of case studies examine the operation of legislatures in a number of states such as the United Kingdom, the USA, Germany, France, China and Russia, as well as the European Parliament and the devolved assemblies within the UK.

Critical Reading in the Social and Political Sciences (Core)

This social science module explores the ways in which knowledge is created, communicated, consumed and debated in the social and political sciences. It aims to expose students to key issues of methodological choice, issue framing, research ethics and author subject-position through interrogation of contemporary and classical texts of relevance to the social and political sciences and the disciplinary concerns of the MA programmes on which it appears. The module seeks to develop students’ skills in critical reading and in both oral and written academic debate.

Feminisms: Theories and Debates (Option)

This module explores feminist theories of gender, applying feminist perspectives to contemporary issues. As there is no single ‘feminist’ perspective, the module will introduce students to different strands of feminist thought including liberal, radical and postmodern feminisms. Feminist debates around the nature of gender/sex, the causes of gender inequality, the intersection of gender with other important social and political identities (such as race, class and sexuality) and disagreements over strategies for how best to address continuing gender inequalities will all be addressed.

Global Health: Policy and Practice (Option)

Global health policy is an area of growing concern in both theory and practice. Increasingly, health and healthcare issues cross national borders. Political, economic, social, cultural and environmental factors at all levels, from local to global, influence the health statuses of individuals and populations. International institutions (e.g. the World Health Organization), philanthropic organisations (e.g. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and multinational corporations (‘big pharma’) play key roles in the politics of health, as well as national governments and health systems.

This module examines the concepts that shape debates in (and are shaped by) global health, including global health governance and global health diplomacy. It then 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.

Global Issues in Gender and Sexuality (Option)

This module aims to provide the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of some central concepts and theoretical debates on gender and sexuality including feminist theory and masculinities. These can be examined in greater depth in the context of key issues relating to power and economy in contemporary global politics.
These theories can then be applied to a range of case studies/issues. These case studies may change to reflect contemporary issues and academic developments but sample topics include decision-making processes in national and international political systems, the construction of gender and sexual identities in a globalised world and militarised masculinities.

Globalisation (Option)

This module aims to examine the background to globalisation and its relationship to the emerging trends towards regional governance and integration. The module seeks to draw out the implications of these trends for the nation state and its various corporate and policy actors.

The current globalisation trend has far-reaching consequences. Its origins are economic and lie in the gradual movement towards economic interdependence and integration of markets which has been taking place during the second half of the twentieth century.

Globalisation also reflects the decline of US hegemony and the collapse of Soviet power. Globalisation poses a major legitimisation challenge to the nation-state and nation-state based political economies. This has been evident in a tendency in recent years for national governments to seek to ‘depoliticise’ social and economic policy decisions by reference to ‘global forces’. More pro-actively the challenge to the nation-state has given a new impetus to the development of regional political economies notably the EU.

Masculinities, Power and Society (Option)

This module explores masculinities and the operation of power through masculinities in society. It aims to engage with key theoretical perspectives on gender and masculinity, taking an in-depth look at these concepts, along with related ideas such as ‘hegemonic masculinity,’ ‘heteronormativity’ and ‘intersectionality.’ Important contemporary debates in masculinities scholarship will be addressed, such as around hegemonic masculinity, whether this is a useful concept and how far it can explain (global) gendered power relations. Masculinities and masculinity will also be explored in different empirical settings.

Master's Dissertation in Politics (Core)

The dissertation module allows students to explore their own interests relevant to the study of politics. It provides students with an opportunity to undertake and produce an independent piece of in-depth research. Students will develop their research ideas in collaboration with teaching staff and will be supported to design and implement a coherent, robust research project and to write up their findings/analysis in the form of a dissertation.

The format of the study will vary from primarily library-based or theoretical research to the production of empirical research through qualitative or quantitative fieldwork. Students will need to: examine an issue related to their discipline; demonstrate the ability to critically review the relevant academic literature; address a clear research question or hypothesis; address ethical issues in conducting social research; and give a clear explanation and defence of the methods they have chosen as most appropriate to their study.

Political Analysis (Core)

This module aims to provide an advanced level of understanding of issues related to the theoretical basis of contemporary political analysis. Politics, like other social sciences, is an essentially contested field, in which there is significant disagreement amongst researchers about how to analyse political institutions, ideas and behaviour.

The module deals with the use of theory and meta-theory in politics and international relations. It begins with an examination of the nature of explanation and understanding in the social sciences before examining a series of key theoretical and meta-theoretical debates within the discipline. Amongst the topics to be covered are the relationship between ontology and epistemology, structure, agency and power and the role of ideas in political analysis.

Politics and Public Policy (Core)

As the first subject-specific core module on the MA Politics, Politics and Public Policy provides an overview of public policy-making across different institutional arenas and geographical contexts. It aims to familiarise students with the stages of the policy-making process, ranging from the ‘discovery’ of policy problems, to the setting of political agendas and the implementation of policy solutions.

It considers cases and examples that illustrate real-world dilemmas of public policy-making and draws attention to different understanding of what public policy can achieve. New ideas about how to obtain governing outcomes—through nudges or ‘meta-governing’, for example—will be explored with an interest in their potentials and limitations.

Researching Social and Political Sciences (Core)

This module is designed to introduce students to researching in social and political sciences. The aim of the module is to provide a crucial foundation for all students (regardless of disciplinary background) to understand debates around research methods/methodologies in social science; to enable familiarity with a variety of research methods and to equip students to be able to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of applying specific methodologies/methods to different research projects in social and political sciences. Overall, the module will aim to prepare students for independent studies later in their degree and equip them with transferable research skills.

Terrorism (Option)

The label ‘terrorism’ is applied erratically with little clear precision or exclusivity to its use and failing to clearly differentiate those labelled 'terrorists'. The long and contested histories of diverse political and ideological struggles in respect of securing the legitimacy of this label, and/or the resistance to it, are often made unclear by the cultural significance the label itself.

The aim of this module is to provide a critical understanding of these heated debates focusing on past and current management strategies, their relative strengths and weaknesses, the problems with conceptualisation and their various proponents from the worlds of academia/counter insurgency studies, political and criminal justice/military ‘experts’.

Transition From Communism to Post-Communism (Option)

The module aims to develop the analytical skills and provide the opportunity to broaden students' knowledge by exposing them to the wide-ranging debates on the problems of transition from Communism focusing, for example, on the Soviet and post-Soviet systems.

Students have the opportunity to develop knowledge of not only of the academic literature on late Soviet and post-Soviet Russian politics but also to read several major works from the comparative literature on transitions in order to assess the relevance of generalisations in that body of scholarship to the Soviet and Russian transition. They are encouraged also to consider what contribution an understanding of the Soviet and Russian case has to make to political science more generally. The module analyses both the significant achievements and the major problems of transition from Communism to post- Communism in Russia.

More generally, it aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge to interpret current and future developments in Russia. Given the continuing importance of Russia in international relations, this may be of of practical benefit to careers other than academia - among them politics, the civil service, international banking, and journalism.

U.S. Exceptionalism (Option)

The term ‘American exceptionalism’ – or, more precisely, ‘US exceptionalism’ (since the United States does not represent all of America) – has gone viral in recent years. Previously only used by a small group of American Studies scholars and historians, the term was first propelled into public discourse by the Republican Party during the failed presidential campaigns of John McCain (2008) and Mitt Romney (2012). Since then it has become a ‘hegemonic’ concept.

This module aims to provide MA students with a highly advanced knowledge and critical understanding of US exceptionalism. The aim is to encourage students to think holistically and critically about the discourse of US exceptionalism so as to understand its roots in contemporary power relations and be able to challenge it.

Special Features

Optional Overseas Study Trip

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

Please note that students who wish to take part in an overseas study trip will be required to cover all transport, accommodation and day trip costs. Students should also expect to cover all meal costs whilst on the trip, plus an additional spend for activities in their spare time.

Career and Personal Development

Careers Services

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 here http://bit.ly/1lAS1Iz.

Other 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.

Tuition Fees

  2017/18 Entry*
Home/EU £7,300
Home/EU
(including Alumni Scholarship** 30% reduction)
£5,110
Home/EU 
(including Non-Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£5,840
International £12,600
International
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship** £2,000 reduction)
£10,600
   
Part-time Home/EU £41 per credit point
Part-time International £70 per credit point

* Academic year September- July
** Subject to eligibility

Loans

A new system of postgraduate loans for Master's courses will be introduced in the UK, beginning from the 2016-17 academic year. Under the new scheme Individuals will be able to borrow up to £10,000 for the purpose of completing an eligible postgraduate Master's qualification.

Scholarships

As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships in addition to those shown above.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Master's Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/postgraduateprogrammes/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.