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Conceptualising Politics


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This is a credit bearing course but can also be taken as a non-credit bearing course.

Discover the difference between our credit bearing and non-credit bearing courses.

This Conceptualising Politics short course examines key approaches to and concepts of the modern state and politics. It draws on literature from political sociology, political science and political theory. It starts by examining the concept of politics itself, before turning to approaches such as Marxism, elite theory, pluralism and institutionalism. It then turns to key concepts such as the state, democracy and power, before considering contemporary debates in political studies on the state in relation to gender and race.

The course prompts you to think about political and social problems of the present and relates to issues relevant to political practitioners and activists.

This Conceptualising Politics short course is suitable for those working in areas related to politics, policy and public life as well as those interested in embarking on further studies in politics and the social sciences.

Assessment is via two 250-word seminar logs (10%) and a two-hour examination (90%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

15 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Prior study of politics, history, social science or other arts and humanities subjects at Level 3 or higher would be an advantage.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.