SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1L223079
Module Leader Thomas Montgomery
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Politics
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

None required

Summary of Content

The module provides an introduction to the study of politics. It focuses specifically on the core structures and institutional features of political systems from a global, comparative perspective and analyses how these function at the national and supranational levels as well as introducing students to different ideological interpretations of political institutions. Summary of how PRME-related issues / topics are covered in this module : Students will be encouraged to identify and investigate contemporary research topics which directly address issues confronting political institutions and how such dilemmas, for example, policy-related, legal, ethical, may be successfully researched.


The module begins by discussing the nature of politics and the study of politics before then exploring key institutional components of political systems from a global, comparative perspective (e.g. executives, parliaments) and some of the most important actors within them (e.g. political parties, interest groups). The module also introduces students to the politics of the UK and the EU, enabling them to see how institutions function at both a national and supranational level. Finally, the module concludes by placing institutions in an ideological context, demonstrating how different ideological perspectives diverge in their view of political institutions

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the student should be able to:1 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key institutional components of political systems and the role of political actors2 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the study of British and EU politics3 demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different ideological perspectives on political institutions

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module consists of lectures and seminars. There will be weekly lectures and a one hour seminar per fortnight. In addition, to ensure that students are engaged with the module and the appropriate literature, they will be expected to contribute to online discussion boards on a regular basis. There will also be the extensive use of directed learning in relation to the seminars. There will be set group and individual tasks and various audio-visual mediums will be utilised in order to stimulate and inform seminar discussions. GCULearn plays a vital part in the GSBS learning and teaching strategy as a blended learning tool. The School will ensure that all modules are not only GCULearn-enabled, but also at the cutting edge in developing online learning materials. Academic staff and the Learning Technologists will continue to work together to develop and operate all modules on GCULearn, ensuring effective student support and information sharing. Students are provided with formative and summative feedback via a variety of mechanisms. Feedback on coursework is normally provided within 3 working weeks of submission.

Indicative Reading

-567 Books and articles: Caramani, D. (2014) Ed, Comparative Politics (3 rd Edn), Oxford: Oxford University Press. Crepaz, M. and Steiner, J. (2012), European Democracies (8 th Edn), Harlow: Pearson. Garner, R., Ferdinand, P. and Lawson, S. (2016), Introduction to Politics (3 rd Edn), Oxford: Oxford University Press. Hague, R. and Harrop, M. (2016), Comparative Government and Politics (10 th Edn.), Basingstoke: Palgrave. Hay, C. and Menon, A. (2007) Eds, European Politics , Oxford: Oxford University Press. Heywood, A. (2013), Politics (4 th Edn.), Basingstoke: Palgrave. Hislope, R. And Mughan, A. (2012), Introduction to Comparative Politics , Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Hoffman, J. and Graham, P. (2006), Introduction to Political Concepts , Harlow: Pearson. Roskin, M. et al (2011), Political Science - An Introduction (12 th Edn), Harlow: Pearson. Tansey, S. and Jackson, N. (2008), Politics - The Basics (4 th Edn.), London: Routledge. Online sources: www.parliament.uk/ <http://www.parliament.uk/> (UK parliament website) www.scottish.parliament.uk/ <http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/> (Scottish Parliament website) http://europa.eu (European Union website) <http://www.un.org/en/> www.un.org/en/ (United Nations website)

Transferrable Skills

By the end of this module students will have gained competence in the following key areas: - Carrying out set tasks and organising time effectively. - Developing written and oral communication skills. - Developing investigative skills and critical analysis.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 122.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Essay (1500 words)
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% online group presentation