Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2163: Pandemic Politics: Studying the Social and Political Context of COVID-19

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to improve (1)your  understanding of contemporary events (COVID-19 pandemic) and how these interact with social and political structures and institutions  (2) your ability to analyse evidence related to political events, and (3) your skills in critically evaluating the interdisciplinary research on relevant political and social concepts such as identity, communication, globalisation, and social networks. Finally, the module aims to improve your ability to communicate your insights and analysis through creating visual presentations, written blog posts, journal entries and policy reports. The ability to critically evaluate research results, summarise complex theories about political processes and analyse evidence to understand the impact of critical events will enhance employability in a range of fields such as policy analysis, research management and media and communications.

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. critically assess how political attitudes and behaviour develops over the life course
2. understand the key theories and approaches explaining the effects of life cycle events on political behaviour and attitudes
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Use evidence and theories from political science to draw conclusions and provide insight about contemporary event and their social and political consequences
4. critically evaluate social and political science research according to its assumptions, methods, and conclusions
Personal and Key Skills5. increase confidence in selecting relevant evidence, assimilating and synthesising multiple sources of research
6. enhance ability to integrate political science and other relevant disciplinary research with independent statistical analysis
7. Improve ability to communicate ideas to non-academic audiences through oral presentations and written work