Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC1022: Violence in World Politics

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

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

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to:

  1. Introduce you to a range of contemporary forms of violence in world politics, and provide you with the conceptual and analytical tools to critically assess their origins, nature and impact.
  2. Enable you to critically analyse and evaluate violence through the lens of different theories in International Relations.
  3. Develop research skills and the ability to find, understand and critically evaluate contemporary political practices. 

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 empirical familiarity with a range of comtemporary political problems and the debates that they have generated
2. Evaluate and compare different framings and responses
3. Reflect on the role of theory and practice in world politics
4. Understand the causes of, and responses to, different forms of violence in world politics
Discipline-Specific Skills5. Identify and discuss the major political concepts and deploy them in appropriate circumstances
6. Engage in sympathetic interpretation and reasoned criticism of theories
7. List, describe and evaluate different interpretations in the light of appropriate evidence
8. Use logic and reasoning to evaluate arguments
9. Apply abstract theoretical ideas and concepts to actual events and outcomes
10. Construct well-structured rigorous arguments based on logical deduction
11. Use logic and reasoning to evaluate arguments
Personal and Key Skills12. Study independently and in groups
13. Deliver presentations to peers
14. Communicate orally
15. Appropriately use ICT for research and presentation purposes
16. Research and evaluate information