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PAIR6044 Political Leadership

Module Overview

This module provides an introduction to the role of leadership in politics and policy-making. The module begins with a survey of conceptual and theoretical thinking concerning the role of leadership in liberal democracies. The theoretical and conceptual terrain is fragmented, so the module emphasises the key debates that drive the study of leadership: what are the key elements of political leadership? how much scope should individual leaders have in pursuing their political goals? how should institutions be designed so that political leaders are both empowered and at the same time held to standards of democratic accountability? Are some political systems more conducive to successful leadership that others? The final part of the module considers the role of political leadership in non-democratic political systems.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Having successfully completed the module, you will be able to demonstrate: The ability to analyse the content and application of core approaches to defining and understanding political leadership The ability to analyse the content and application of the concept of political leadership across different areas of political action, including civil society, political parties, policy networks and the institutions of government, especially the executive. Awareness of the challenges and dilemmas faced by leaders in the political sphere

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • The ability to analyse the content and application of core approaches to defining and understanding political leadership
  • The ability to analyse the content and application of the concept of political leadership across different areas of political action, including civil society, political parties, policy networks and the institutions of government, especially the executive.
  • Awareness of the challenges and dilemmas faced by leaders in the political sphere

Syllabus

1. Introduction – conceptualising and theorising political leadership 2. Present-day theories of political leadership? (i) institutional analysis? (ii) contextual analysis (iii) narrative analysis 3. Political leadership at work? (i) The executive and legislature? (ii) civil society? (iii) political parties (iv) leadership during crises governance? (v) leadership and accountability

Special Features

The module relies on both theoretical and practice-related literature and modes of assessment.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module consists of a series of seminars, where students will discuss relevant readings, give presentations, and engage in structured debate, discussion and reflection.

TypeHours
Seminar20
Wider reading or practice20
Preparation for scheduled sessions80
Completion of assessment task80
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

The Library already subscribes to the core journals in Political Science and Public Administration, so we do not foresee significant additional resource needs.. ,0 , pp. 0.

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Case Study Analysis  (3000 words) 45%
Essay  (3000 words) 45%
Seminar Participation 10%

Repeat

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Case Study Analysis  (3000 words) 45%
Essay  (3000 words) 45%
Seminar Participation 10%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Module creation for 2017/18

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Accommodation and Travel

Students will be expected to pay the cost of public transportation to London for the field trip to the Cabinet Office.

Textbooks

tudents will be expected to pay for core module texts if they do not wish to rely on the Library.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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