University Teaching Fellowship Team Award 2016 given to the Centre for European Studies for their strong commitment to student learning and experience through innovative teaching methods across all teaching areas. All members of staff annually nominated for CCCU Teaching Prizes.
The MSc itself rests with the Centre for European Study (2015-2018), which is internationally recognised for its cutting-edge teaching and learning techniques.
The MSc in European Politics programme utilises a wide range of innovative teaching and learning methods, including:
- Interactive lectures
- Practical classes
- Virtual learning environments
- Simulation games
- Problem based learning group work
Tutorials with supervisors, where graduate students will study in an informative, engaging, stimulating and participative environment.
The MSc in European Politics will assist you in developing a range of communication skills, helping you to tackle the disciplinary content of your pathway, develop your confidence regarding the advanced management of a wide range of information (i.e. comprehension, analysis, description, critical thinking) and improve your overall range of understanding and knowledge.
Modules themselves, both core and specialism, comprise formal presentations by core and guest lecturers, with a wide range of interactive Q&A, individual presentations, groupwork, simulation games and workshop methods designed to allow students to get the very most out of each weekly session. Incourse contact hours are supplemented by a substantial degree of modulebased support on the Blackboard VLE used by CCCU. This allows you to engage in blended learning beyond the classroom, whilst still receiving constant support and direction by your module convenors.
Weekly office hours are provided by all course moderators and assistants, while individuated support from module convenors, thesis supervisors and university support staff ensures that you receive support, as required, at all phases of your graduate development.
Graduate modules are generally 4 hours in duration per week, with three modules offered each semester (e.g. Research Methods 1, Advanced Politics and International Relations, and European Power and Strategy in Semester 1), which ensures a manageable balance in terms of working hours, and a reliable method of acclimatizing you to the rigors of preparing a complete thesis during the Spring and Summer Semesters.
Taught modules (both core and specialist) are offered during Autumn and Spring semesters, for a duration of 12 weeks, comprising an average of 50 teaching hours, and 200 hours of independent. student learning (e.g. 4 hours of independent preparation for each hour in the classroom). You can also expect to have assessment returned, with thorough, relevant and personalised feedback within a maximum of 3 weeks of submission, via the Blackboard VLE. Subsequent discussions are then encouraged in order to ensure a positive trajectory in terms of student performance, within and across the core and specialist modules.
Core and specialist lectures and seminars are delivered by Politics/IR staff; guest lecturers are drawn in from other departments and faculties across the university; doctoral students are occasionally invited to share their perspective on their research.
The vast majority of teaching on all three of our graduate pathways is provided by our fullyaccredited and full time Politics/IR staff, not by graduate students.