Political Science Education and the Profession

Integrating Study Skills in First Year Politics Modules: A Case Study

Judith Murray Newcastle University
This paper will present an approach to redesigning a first year Politics module with a focus on integrating study and research skills. The prior module will be presented along with the rationale for the module redesign. Key skill and learning outcomes will be discussed, with an emphasis on realignment of the assessment regime to a mixed approach to improve the transition to university teaching. Active learning pedagogy incorporated into the redesigned module will be presented, including the use of interactive personal response systems in lectures as well as student generated research topics. Seminar structure will be discussed, noting the linking of seminar tasks to lectures and the use of student portfolios to master key study skills. Finally, student feedback regarding their first experience of the module redesign will be presented, as well as the feedback of the assessment results, to gain insight into the implications of the module redesign.