BA Philosophy and Politics
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An unusual collection of political scientists interested in philosophy and philosophers interested in political science have combined to produce this interdisciplinary degree programme. This programme is ideally suited to those wishing to specialise in the philosophical aspects of politics - and the political approach to philosophy. Through this degree you have the opportunity to address issues such as: the philosophical underpinnings of democracy; the clash between different world views; and the philosophical basis of utopian political systems. This will include a mixture of historical reflection - exploring questions that earlier philosophers have raised and testing the value of their answ…
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An unusual collection of political scientists interested in philosophy and philosophers interested in political science have combined to produce this interdisciplinary degree programme. This programme is ideally suited to those wishing to specialise in the philosophical aspects of politics - and the political approach to philosophy. Through this degree you have the opportunity to address issues such as: the philosophical underpinnings of democracy; the clash between different world views; and the philosophical basis of utopian political systems. This will include a mixture of historical reflection - exploring questions that earlier philosophers have raised and testing the value of their answers - and cutting-edge work on questions that seem new and theories that seem fashionable.
In the first year the course will include a variety of core modules such as: Philosophical Skills; Social and Political Theory; Introduction to Philosophy; A Globalising World; Introduction to Contemporary Politics; and Philosophical Perspectives. You will take the compulsory module, Democratic Theory, and choose from a wide range of optional modules in both politics and philosophy. Your choice of modules in Politics may include amongst others: Politics and Mass Media; Politics in the USA; Topics in British Politics; Multiculturalism; Terrorism; Power and Society; Western Political Thought; Politics and Popular Culture; Russian Politics; EU’s Future as an International Actor; Issues in the Contemporary Politics of the Middle East and Political Communication.
Philosophy modules recently included are: Witttgenstein and 20th Century Philosophy; Moral Philosophy; Aesthetics; Philosophy of Religion; Film and Literature as Philosophy; Practical Ethics; Philosophy and Criticism.
In the third year, the opportunity exists to write a dissertation on a subject of personal choice.Study Abroad
You have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad in your second year in institutions in the US, Australia, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain and Norway.Parliamentary Internships
In your final year, we offer a limited number of parliamentary internships that give you hands-on experience of the policy process and parliamentary life by working with an MP on an area of research that they share an interest in.
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We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
- IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing with no less than 5.5 in any component)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 20 in Reading and Speaking components, 19 in Writing component and 17 in Listening components.
- PTE: 62 overall (minimum 55 in Reading and Writing components with no less than 51 in any component).
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The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.Gap Year
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.Deferred Entry
We welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.Intakes
The School's annual intake is in September of each year.Alternative Qualifications
If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above, then please contact university directly for further information.GCSE Offer
Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above.Assessment
For the majority of candidates the most important factors in assessing the application will be past and future achievement in examinations, academic interest in the subject being applied for, personal interest and extra-curricular activities and the confidential reference.
We consider applicants as individuals and accept students from a very wide range of educational backgrounds and spend time considering your application in order to reach an informed decision relating to your application. Typical offers are indicated above. Please note, there may be additional subject entry requirements specific to individual degree courses.
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The School of Political Social and International Studies (PSI) specialises in teaching and research in politics, international relations, media and culture.
We offer a wide range of courses that allow you to explore the politics of different countries and regions – for example, Russia, South-east Asia, the United States, Europe and Australia and, of course, the United Kingdom. You can learn about the key power-holders, about how parties compete to influence the public and how policies are made. Some of our students experience life in the lobby at first hand through the parliamentary internship scheme.
In the international arena there are modules dealing with security, terrorism, American foreign policy, fundamentalism, environmental issues and international players such as the United Nations. A module on the history of world politics since 1945 helps you understand how we arrived at 21st-century global patterns of power.
We offer a distinctive range of degrees specialising in media, culture and politics where topics covered may include mass media, political blogs, popular culture, new media, political marketing and 'practical media’, which enables students to make their own news documentary.
All our degrees give you opportunities to take modules from other UEA Schools which are selected to fit in with our degree programmes. Each degree includes the option of a 'free choice’ module taken from another School.UniStats Information Fees and Funding University Fees and Financial Support: UK/EU Students
Further information on fees and funding for 2012 can be found hereUniversity Fees and Financial Support: International Students
The University will be charging International students £11,700.00 for all full time School of Political, Social and International Studies undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.
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