Politics BA (Hons)

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About the course

Politics is a subject that provokes a great deal of debate as it is a subject that people have strong views about. The study of Politics at degree level asks essential questions about the way that societies are organised, about the nature of conflicts that take place between and within states, as well the relationships between governments and its citizens. In looking at these issues, the study of Politics seeks to add clarity to our understanding of the events that have happened in the past as well as to offer insights to the future. Studying Politics will help you to understand the events and issues that shape our world, from the local to the global level and will provide …

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About the course

Politics is a subject that provokes a great deal of debate as it is a subject that people have strong views about. The study of Politics at degree level asks essential questions about the way that societies are organised, about the nature of conflicts that take place between and within states, as well the relationships between governments and its citizens. In looking at these issues, the study of Politics seeks to add clarity to our understanding of the events that have happened in the past as well as to offer insights to the future. Studying Politics will help you to understand the events and issues that shape our world, from the local to the global level and will provide you with the relevant skills that will open up a whole range of opportunities beyond the discipline.

  • Optional paid placement year offers invaluable professional experience
  • High quality teaching, student support and facilities
  • Extensive specialist politics staff expertise

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Key facts

UCAS course code:

L200

Duration:

Three years full-time, four years with a placement year

Institution code: D26

Entry and admission criteria

  • Typical offers at 300 UCAS Points.
  • A Level candidates need to study at least two subjects at A Level and need to achieve one grade B or above in one subject
  • International Baccalaureate: 30 points
  • All students must have at least five GCSEs grades A–C including English Language and Maths.
  • We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications
  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS core of 6.5 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

Teaching and assessment

The course is taught by a team whose work has been recognised by top scores in Quality Assessment exercises and by individuals achieving National Teaching Fellow status. We are also active researchers and share our current work with our students. We use a variety of formats in our classes. In the first two years you attend weekly hour-long lectures to gather crucial information and then need to be prepared to discuss issues in seminars. In the third year teaching is in a two-hour workshop format where you often get to decide on the topics that get debated. Throughout the course you will read around the areas being covered using course books and must keep yourself up-to-date with developments in current affairs through newspapers, magazines and the internet.

You are assessed on assignments, essays, exams, class presentations, seminar contributions, portfolios and your dissertation over the three years. You will also take part in simulation games, problem-solving exercises, online collaborative projects and policy papers.

Course modules

First year:

  • Global Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Policy and Society
  • British Government and Politics

Second year:

  • Political Thought and Analysis (core)
  • Governance (core)

You also choose 2 modules from:

  • Public Administration and Management (optional)
  • Politics of the European Union (optional)
  • Unity and Diversity in Contemporary America (optional)
  • British Foreign Policy (optional)
  • Government and Business (optional)
  • The Making of a Global World (optional)
  • Contemporary Developments in British Politics (optional)

Third year:

  • Dissertation (core)

You also choose 3 modules from:

  • Managing the Environment (optional)
  • Globalisation and Democracy (optional)
  • The American Presidency (optional)
  • Politics and International Relations at Work (optional)
  • International Security in a Globalised World (optional)
  • International Organisations and Politics of Underdevelopment (optional)
  • Power, Politics and Morality (optional)
  • Politics of Nationalism (optional)

Programme/Module Information Handbooks:

BA (Hons) Politics|

Fees and funding

UK/EU Fees: £9,000

International Fees: £10,750

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