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2017/2018  BA-BPOLO1293U  Political Science

English Title
Political Science

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Edward Ashbee - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Political Science
Last updated on 23/06/2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate core political ideas and ideologies
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate key concepts, models and theories in political science
  • Identify, analyze and evaluate key institutional features of modern political systems at national and international levels
  • Relate concepts, models and theories to empirical evidence
  • Construct and employ coherent arguments using frameworks, approaches and methods drawn from the social sciences
Examination
The exam in the subject consists of two parts:
Political Science midterm:
Sub exam weight33%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 5 pages
Assignment typeWritten assignment
DurationWritten product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodAutumn
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The make-up / retake exam for those who are ill during the writing of the mid-term paper and the re-exam taken when the ordinary exam is failed is a new paper offering different questions assigned by the teaching staff.
Political Science final:
Sub exam weight67%
Examination formHome assignment - written product
Individual or group examIndividual exam
Size of written productMax. 10 pages
Assignment typeWritten assignment
Duration72 hours to prepare
Grading scale7-step scale
Examiner(s)Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam periodWinter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
The make-up / retake exam for those who are ill during the writing of the final paper and the re-exam taken when the ordinary exam is failed is a new paper offering different questions assigned by the teaching staff.
Course content and structure

The course focuses on central concepts, theories, and debates in political science. It considers political institutions, processes, actors, and ideas in selected countries on a comparative basis as well as theories about the ways in which political systems work at the national and international levels. The course also introduces students to basic study skills and assignment-writing techniques. It consists of lectures, tutorials / workshops, and written home-assignments.

Teaching methods
Lectures (with opportunities for questions and discussion); classes providing more in-depth coverage of course topics; classes / workshops considering study skills and, in particular, assignment-writing techniques.
Feedback during the teaching period
The course seeks to offer feedback wherever feasible. Lectures and classes will provide extensive opportunities for questions and answers. Students are also encouraged to take full advantage of staff office hours if they would like to a chance to ‘test’ lines of argument, secure further information about course themes, or receive comments on written work.

* Because this is a 15 ECTS course, there will furthermore be individual and group feedback opportunities following the grading of assignments.
Student workload
Preparation time (readings, group work etc.) 216 hours
Lectures / class exercises / “homework cafés” / workshops etc. 40 hours
Exam (incl. preparation for the exam and actual exam period) 160 hours
Last updated on 23/06/2017