Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2124: Political Analysis

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Aims

To introduce undergraduate students to key political theories, approaches and debates in political science.


To familiarise students with core concepts and methods for the analysis of politics and international relations.


To enable students to understand and conduct political analysis of contemporary social and political issues.


To provide students with analytical skills with which to design their own political research

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate an understanding of key theories and approaches of political analysis and the capacity to critically engage and evaluate political research;
2. demonstrate an understanding of core concepts in political analysis and be aware of their ontological and epistemological assumptions;
3. apply theories and methods of political analysis to design political research.
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate ability to define complex political problems, identify their significance and select appropriate approaches for investigating and critically evaluating them;
5. demonstrate knowledge of political concepts and their contextual/social/political implications;
6. demonstrate ability to apply knowledge to a political problem/ case study;
7. demonstrate ability to select, integrate and present coherently and reflectively, orally and in writing, relevant political/theoretical arguments.
Personal and Key Skills8. communicate and engage in debate effectively and accurately, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline/ different contexts;
9. demonstrate ability to manage relevant learning resources/ information/ learning strategies and to develop own arguments and opinions with minimum guidance;
10. demonstrate ability to work independently and to manage time efficiently in preparing for scheduled learning activities, exercises and assessment including identify, retrieve and use efficiently a range of library-based and electronic resources with minimum guidance.