AD3005 - Politics and Decision Making

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will be introduced to key aspects of domestic and international politics. The module provides a broad knowledge and understanding of political processes and institutions to help you gain an insight into the world of politics and how decisions are made. The module explores how ideas influence politics and you will begin to develop an understanding of key concepts such as power, which underpin many of the issues facing the world today. The module provides you with an introduction to the relationships between local, national and international levels of government, and how they make decisions in relation to contemporary events.
In addition to the above, you will also be introduced to and will develop key skills needed to communicate your understanding within a Higher Education environment. For example, you will be introduced to different information sources; academic referencing; writing and presentation skills. All of these will prepare you to progress to the next level of study.

How will I learn on this module?

This module will be delivered via a series of lectures and seminars – made up of a combination of directly taught and interactive activities.
Emphasis will be placed on you developing your foundation knowledge of political decision making that you can build on and develop as your studies progress.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

On the module you will be academically supported in many ways. First, the teaching team which includes the module leader as well as other lecturers will be available to guide you through the module and answer any questions. Second, you will be able to email the teaching team and meet them during set office hours to ask questions. Third, the module has an online electronic learning portal website including a module handbook that guides you through many frequently asked questions.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. To recognise and describe different political systems and the role of key, national and international institutions in the decision making process
2. To show an appreciation of the impact of ideas and ideologies on decision making
3. To apply this knowledge to enable you to understand contemporary events
Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
4. To demonstrate the study skills needed to study politics and international relations in higher education Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. To have respect for the opinion of others and listen and reflect when your own opinions are challenged.

How will I be assessed?

You will be supported through formative (i.e. informal) tasks, for example presentations, within the module seminars to prepare for the summative (i.e. formal) assessment for the module.

There are two parts to the summative assessment on this module:

a take home exam (50%) - MLOs 1-5
and a 1200 word essay (50%) MLO 1-5





Module abstract

War, economic crisis, social revolution, national security, climate change… We live in a dynamic and changing world so we have make decisions about how to address these, and other controversial issues, all the time. This decision making is ‘politics’ and so politics affects all of us every day. This module will focus on key questions. Who makes decisions? How are decisions made? What influences decision making? And what is the impact of these decisions? In learning to answer these questions, the module provides you with the knowledge and skills to help you understand the complex and interconnected world in which we all live and help prepare you for the next level of study.

Course info

UCAS Code L3L4

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 1 year full-time followed by a further 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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