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Pre-University Summer School in the USA: Politics (Module)

Module description

Politics and International Relations: From Grassroots to Global Impact

This class is designed for students considering an undergraduate degree in Political Science and related subjects. Students will be introduced to core aspects of studying Politics at this level and examine specific political challenges, such as the role and power of international organisations in responding to current global issues. Students also benefit from a number of course activities and excursions designed to broaden their understanding of today’s political landscape, given the central location of the course in Brooklyn, New York.

This class will consist of a minimum of 40 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the course, you should have:

  • reviewed the historical, institutional and political foundations of the political systems that govern nations.
  • understood the composite parts of political systems and how they function.
  • examined the formation and role of political parties and political activism in representing the electorate.
  • traced how the political process evolves to transform ideas and desires into campaigns ultimately to become policy.
  • understood how political systems are inter-connected with and influenced by economics, geography, social justice and the rule of law as well as major events such as war.

Key texts

  • Clark, Golder and Nadenichek Golder, Principles of Comparative Politics. 2013
  • Boix and Stokes, (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Comparative Politics. 2007
  • Horowitz, Ethnic Groups in Conflict. 1985
  • Huntington, Political Order in Changing Societies. 1968
  • Tilly, Coercion, Capital & European States. 1992
  • Acemoglu and Robinson, Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy. 2006
  • Przeworski et al, Democracy and Development: Political Institutions & Well-Being in the World, 1950-1990. 2000

Staff information

Dr Diana Bozhilova, Summer Programmes Teaching Fellow at King’s College London and Head of Faculty at New College of the Humanities. 

Dr Bozhilova is a political science expert whose published research focuses on democratisation and reform, as well as on energy security and development. She holds positions at King's College London and New College of the Humanities in the UK and served as an expert witness to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union.

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Case studies
  • Group activities
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

No formal assessment but up to 3 hours of reading/tasks may be assigned throughout the course to be completed outside of class time. Upon completion of the class, students will receive a letter of recommendation and a certificate of completion.

Key information

Module code 9NCO1SUMW

Credit level 4


Credit value Students who complete this course will receive a certificate of attendance rather than course credits.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No