MODL1100 Politics, Culture and Society

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  • Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View timetable
  • Credits: 20
  • Class Size: 120
  • Module Manager: Dr Gregorio Alonso
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  • This Module is approved as a Discovery Module

Discovery module overview

Module Summary

Module Summary

What are the key debates that shape the practice of politics at international level? How can theory helps us better understand and analyse the practice of politics in the world today? How can awareness of differing cultural and intercultural perspectives help us better understand contemporary international politics? This module will introduce these themes and explore them in relation to a range of issues drawn from around the world. Because they are shaped by the current research interests of the staff teaching the module, the precise topics covered will vary from year to year. They might typically include:
Colonialism and Post-Colonialism
Nationalism and Self-Determination
Political Regimes: Democracy vs. Autocracy
Conflict and Revolutions
Globalisation and International Society


  • - Introduce students to the core theoretical and conceptual ideas underpinning the practice of contemporary politics: colonialism, nationalism, democracy, revolution, gender and globalisation
  • - Analyse critical primary and secondary texts in these areas.
  • - Have a strong comparative dimension, applying these political theories in case-studies drawn from a broad international context.
  • - Provide a solid foundation for modules in politics/culture/society in Levels 2 and 3.
  • - Introduce independent research skills (semester 2 assessment) and thereby provide a foundation for the research-based learning pursued throughout the programme.
  • - Familiarity with key skills for undergraduate study, such as: (i) presentation (ii) library skills (iii) referencing (iii) independent study and analysis (iv) familiarity with academic integrity issues.


Typical Module Programme (each unit will consist of two lectures and one seminar)
Semester 1
Week 1: What is political theory and why is it important?
Weeks 2-4: Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
Weeks 5-6, 8: Nationalism and Self-Determination
Weeks 9-11: Political Regimes: Democracy vs. Autocracy
Semester 2
Weeks 14-16: Capitalism and Crisis
Weeks 17-19: Gender
Weeks 20-22: Globalisation and International Society
Week 23: Concluding lecture

Learning Outcomes

Fundamentals of selected ideas and concepts that underpin the practice of politics in the world today.
Characteristics of the political debates, struggles and tensions that shape the practice of politics in different international settings.
Knowledge of how to apply theory to current political and cultural developments at international level.

Skills Outcomes

Analytical thinking, ability to construct coherent arguments, communication and presentation skills, research skills, self-discipline and punctuality.

Assessment and teaching

Assessment and teaching


Assesment type Notes % of formal assesment
Essay 1500 words 50
Essay 1500 words 50
Total percentages (Assessment Coursework) 100

Private Study

3 hours per lecture: 52
4 hours per seminar: 24
50 hours per each essay: 100
4 hours bibliographical and audio-visual online research; 4
Plus 20 contact hours: 196

Progress Monitoring

  • - written / oral assignments
  • - designated feedback sessions
  • - student questionnaires
  • - access to module tutors in class and in office hours

Teaching methods

Delivery type Number Length hours Student hours
Class tests, exams and assessment 1 2 2
Lecture 14 1 14
Seminar 6 1 6
Private Study Hours 178
Total Contact Hours 22
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits) 200

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