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PAIR1007 Crises of the 21st Century

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The module will enable students to acquire knowledge and understanding of some of the key political challenges of our time.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • This module will introduce students to the analysis of concrete political problems drawing on, and practising, a range of disciplinary intellectual and research skills.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • This module will engage students in team work through groups projects.
  • The module will develop students research and communication skills through project work.

Syllabus

The content of the module will be determined by student choice of 3 topics from a menu of options specifying particular political challenges. Examples include: Social media and 'fake' news Populism Independence movements. War and political violence. Digital governance and the rise of algorithmic society. Refugee Crises/Violent Borders. Climate Change. World Poverty. AI, Robots, and the future of work. The options may vary from year to year as new issues become salient and may be partly dependent on staff availability.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be 2 hours of lectures per week. All will be recorded and posted on Blackboard. Lectures will be delivered either face to face or online only depending upon University and Public Health England Guidance at the time. Total of 24 hours of lectures (2 hours per week X 12 weeks) per module. Weekly student participation in online discussion boards. 1 hour per week delivered asynchronously. (1 hour X 12 weeks)

TypeHours
Teaching36
Independent Study114
Total study time150

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy of this module is designed to form and develop teamwork (assessment 1), communication (assessments 1 and 2) and data-selection and presentation (assessments 2 and 3) skills.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Discussion board activity 25%
Research project 50%
Research proposal 25%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Academic poster  () 30%
Blog Post  (800 words) 30%
Portfolio of evidence  () 40%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Academic poster  () 30%
Blog Post  (800 words) 30%
Portfolio of evidence  () 40%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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