Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1019: Power and Democracy

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

This module will introduce you to some key conceptual and normative debates in democratic theory. It aims to make you aware of the nature, limitations and possible applications of a range of different perspectives, conceptual approaches, and interpretations in democratic theory. For students interested in pursuing Politics and/or International Relations as a field of study, this is a useful introduction to core concepts in democratic theory.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. understand the nature of democratic politics;
2. evaluate political phenomena in terms of normative criteria of democratic theory
Discipline-Specific Skills3. assess the insightfulness of different interpretations of political texts and phenomena
4. assimilate and analyse a range of sources in political theory;
Personal and Key Skills5. develop critical thinking skills, particularly in relation to normative and conceptual arguments;
6. work independently, within a limited time frame, and without access to external sources, to complete a specified task