Short Title:Introduction to Politics 1
Full Title:Introduction to Politics 1
Module Code:POLI H1001
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Political Science and civics
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:DAVID IRWIN
Module Author:CAROLINE EARLEY
Module Description:To introduce students to the key concepts of political thought. To explain and clarify major ideologies and perspectives in politics. To utilize these concepts & theories in the examination of political practices and processes. To provide a basis for subsequent courses in political study. To stimulate interest in various contemporary political systems and political events.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts of political thought.
LO2 Describe the major political ideologies and perspectives in contemporary politics.
LO3 Provide an overview of the Irish political system.
LO4 Demonstrate an understanding of political terminology applicable to the further study of politics.
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Political Concepts & Issues
Defining and analyzing key concepts and key units of politics: nation; state; democracy; power; legitimacy; sovereignty; ideology; freedom; class; equality.
30.00%
Political Perspectives & Ideologies
Introduction to major ideologies and theoretical perspectives: liberalism; liberal capitalism; nationalism; socialism; Marxism; feminism etc…
40.00%
Political Structures & Processes of Governance
Introduction to the principal facets of contemporary political systems with a strong emphasis on the Irish political system: Institutions; electoral systems; constitution etc…
30.00%
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Academic essay and/or presentation   40.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination   60.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time Reading, researching 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Garner, R., Ferdinand, P., Lawson, S. 2008, Introduction to Politics, OUP Oxford
Recommended Book Resources
  • Axford, B., Browning, G., Higgins, R., Rosamund, B. 2011, Politics: An Introduction, 3rd Ed., Routledge Press
  • Coakley, .J, Gallagher, M. 2009, Politics in the Republic of Ireland, Routledge
  • Newton, K., Van Deth, W 2005, Foundations of Comparative Politics, Cambridge
  • Haywood, A. 2003, Political Ideologies, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Woff, J. 2006, An Introduction to Political Philosophy, Oxford University Press
  • Festenstein & Kenny 2005, Political Ideologies, Oxford University Press
  • Haywood, A 2007, Politics, 3rd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan
  • Tansey, S.D., 2008, Politics: The Basics, 4th Ed., Routledge
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HEURS_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in European Studies 1 Mandatory