Politics permeates every aspect of people’s lives: shaping their opinions, informing their decisions, guiding their alliances and enabling their understanding of others’ beliefs and motivations at individual, organisational and societal levels. Studying this subject will increase your awareness of the different political systems, ideologies and policies, which impact people’s lives at regional, national and international levels. Our Politics division is highly regarded and students benefit from a strong research-led approach to teaching. Our Politics programmes are informed by a strong emphasis on research training and transferable skills, which will prepare you for the challenges ahead in the workplace and in the wider world. All Politics Students take both core and options modules. In Semesters 1-4 students take the following Core Modules: Politics of the British Isles; Political Concepts and Ideas; International Politics; Great Political Thinkers; and Comparative Politics: Power and Representation in the Western World. These Core Modules are usually taught by two lectures and one tutorial per week and provide students with a sound foundation of the key aspects of the discipline. All Single Honours Politics students and most Combined Honours students take Research Methods in Politics in Semester 6 and write a Politics Dissertation in their final year Semesters (7-8). Honours Option Modules are offered in Semesters 5-8 and provide Politics students with a choice of modules on political theories and concepts, aspects of international politics, and British and European politics. Modules on offer as Honours Option Modules can include (among others): Human Rights in International Politics; Global Political Economy; Global Environmental Politics; Politics of Justice, Equality and Rights; Religion and Politics Worldwide; Issues in International Politics; Scottish Politics and Government; and Middle East Politics. Assessment for all these modules is through a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework includes essays, tutorial presentations, participation in tutorials, role-play exercises and case studies, political posters and book reviews. Exams usually account for 50 percent of the grade in each module. Understanding religion in different contexts and developing the transferable skills of critical thinking, communication, research and analysis, make Religion graduates an invaluable resource for today’s employers. At Stirling we are committed to approaching ‘religion’ in a critical manner, in two broad senses: Firstly: We question the fundamental category of ‘religion’. It is sometimes assumed to be a ‘thing’ that simply exists, and this is where, in part, the idea that we can study ‘religions’ as entities in any society or context comes from. This, of course, implies that what ‘religion’ actually is stands as common knowledge and applies to all contexts. But where does religion begin, end or move into other areas? This is just one of the intellectually challenging questions we ask during this course. Secondly: Rather than hold religion to suspicion, or blame, or discredit, or incredulity – a growing tendency amongst certain public intellectuals, even if against the tide of global demographics – we examine religion from a positive critical standpoint. What this means is that in our studies we consider how open to re-interpretation or re-conceptualisation the term ‘religion’ is today in our intellectual, social, and cultural spheres. In coming to Stirling to study Religion, every student is thus exposed to a broad and interdisciplinary vision that can be life-changing in many rich and unexpected ways. Please note that Religion is studied as a Combined degree.
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