English for Political Studies


Объем (ECTS кредиты)

3 credits

Тип предмета (обязательный или по выбору)


Семестр преподавания предмета

1st term


Short description


This course aims at helping students to develop their professional vocabulary around the topics and issues of Politics (Political Theory and Political Science) and International Relations in the English language.

After the course students should be able to:

  • Read and understand complicated and abstract texts in political theory, as well as follow political comments on various political events;
  • Understand the speeches of politicians, elected officials, and experts in the area;
  • Produce texts in oral and written form and express complicated political ideas in English;
  • Participate in political debates and exchanges of the professional opinions.


Course’s pre-conditions

Students should have a command of the English language equal to Upper intermediate to Advanced and knowledge of key concepts and ideas of Politics and IR.

Aim of the course

One of the main goals of the course is to ensure students’ fluency in using English in their studies of politics and professional work. This should help students to fully integrate in the international expert community and become mediators between Belarus and foreign countries.


Связи между результатами программы, результатами предмета, методами обучения и методами оценивания достижения результатов


Результаты обучения в программе

Результаты обучения в курсе

Методы обучения

Методы оценивания результатов обучения в курсе




  • Close reading; Seminars;
  • Glossary making;
  • Written assignments;
  • Written reflections (forums);
  • Presentation


  • Class work;
  • Online work;
  • Written assignments


Исследовательские умения

To analyse and compare various political traditions (namely, English speaking countries and traditions and Russian speaking ones)




Специальные способности

  • Professional English
  • Groups work and individual work




Индивидуальные способности

  • Critical thinking;
  • Oral Presentation







Thematic Plan


  1. Introduction to politics: political theory, political science, international relations; the notion of the political
  2. Democracy and Political Representation
  3. Nation
  4. Gender, Race, Age and Politics


Распределение нагрузки студентов

16 h. – contact sessions

64 h. – individual work


Формы и методы оценивания учебных достижений студентов

Debates, presentations, group work, written assignments, essay, glossary making



Структура накопительной оценки

Debates – 15%

Presentation – 25%

Course Glossary – 30%

Essay – 30 %;



Literature and Materials for Analysis



BBC Politics  bbc.com/news/politics

A collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of Politics ted.com/topics/politics

UK General Election debate 2015

US Presidential Elections debate 2016

Yes, Minister

The House of Cards

The West Wing




Grigsby E. Analyzing Politics: An Introduction to Political Science. Cengage Learning: Belmont, CA, 2012.

Political Science VS. Political Philosophy

Political Philosophy: overview

Fukuyama F. From "The End of History and the Last Man" // Political Ideologies: a reader and guide / ed.: M. Festenstein, M. Kenny. Oxford, 2005.

What is Ideology (Английский для политологов: учеб. пособие / Т. И. Гуськова, Е. А. Городкова. М.: Росспэн, 2001.)

James N. Danziger. Understanding the Political World: A Comparative Introduction to Political Science. Pearson Education, 2008.

The Oxford Handbook of Political Science

The Oxford Handbook of Political Theory

Anne Philips. Feminism and Politics

Benedict Anderson. Imagined Communities

Mapping Ideology. Edited by Slavoj Žižek

Chantal Mouffe. The Democratic Paradox


Additional (background reading):

A Theory of Justice by John Rawls;

Sexual Contract by Carol Pateman;

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes;

Anarchy, State, and Utopia by Robert Nozick;

Early Writings by Karl Marx;

On Human Condition by Hanna Arendt;

Politics of Presence by Anne Philips

Sue Donaldson, Will Kymlicka. Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights

Michele Foucault. Security, Territory, Population.

Donna Haraway. A Cyborg Manifesto.

A Reader in International Relations and Political Theory, by Howard L. Williams, Moorhead Wright, Tony Evans