15 Credits AUTUMN



Aims/Description: The module's purposes are to introduce students to the dominant analytical and methodological traditions in politics (broadly understood as 'positivism' and 'interpretivism') and the different ontological, epistemological, and methodological implications of each tradition for the study of politics. The module will require students to consider explicitly their approach to the study of politics, and understand both the strengths and weaknesses of their individual understanding. The module requires students to be able to articulate coherently their understanding of what politics is and what they consider to be the most appropriate way of studying and researching politics and present reasoned arguments for their choices. As such this module is an essential precursor to their specific programme and to the dissertation.

Staff Contact: PATTIE CHARLES J
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Problem solving, Independent Study, Digital Content/Guided Learning
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Politics and International Relations):

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