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Hi, my personal statement needs to be done tonight, hence the urgency :headfire:
I'm applying for Politics and IR (variants include IR&politics, politics WITH IR and possibly just IR).

I currently have 2 books listed in my personal statement that I have read and elaborated on.
-The Globalisation of World Politics
-Introduction to IR: Theories and Approaches

However, as you can see, they are both IR books and I feel as though I'm lacking politics demonstration of interest/knowledge.

My issue is that the only possible book I can include (as it's the only one I own and have read) is "British Politics for Dummies"

Are these "simpler" non-textbooks looked down on by universities? Are they seen as not helpful?

TL;DR: Should I include and refer to "British Politics for Dummies" in my personal statement?
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Hi, my personal statement needs to be done tonight, hence the urgency :headfire:
I'm applying for Politics and IR (variants include IR&politics, politics WITH IR and possibly just IR).

I currently have 2 books listed in my personal statement that I have read and elaborated on.
-The Globalisation of World Politics
-Introduction to IR: Theories and Approaches

However, as you can see, they are both IR books and I feel as though I'm lacking politics demonstration of interest/knowledge.

My issue is that the only possible book I can include (as it's the only one I own and have read) is "British Politics for Dummies"

Are these "simpler" non-textbooks looked down on by universities? Are they seen as not helpful?

TL;DR: Should I include and refer to "British Politics for Dummies" in my personal statement?
You don't need to refer to a specific book in order to explain why you want to study something.

What about something that appeared in the news instead?
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Hi, my personal statement needs to be done tonight, hence the urgency :headfire:
I'm applying for Politics and IR (variants include IR&politics, politics WITH IR and possibly just IR).

I currently have 2 books listed in my personal statement that I have read and elaborated on.
-The Globalisation of World Politics
-Introduction to IR: Theories and Approaches

However, as you can see, they are both IR books and I feel as though I'm lacking politics demonstration of interest/knowledge.

My issue is that the only possible book I can include (as it's the only one I own and have read) is "British Politics for Dummies"

Are these "simpler" non-textbooks looked down on by universities? Are they seen as not helpful?

TL;DR: Should I include and refer to "British Politics for Dummies" in my personal statement?
You can also discuss articles relating to politics if you feel you need to, although two books is probably enough. Do you have other things to show an interest in politics?
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I agree with what those above me have said. Talk about current affairs and how your school work has prepped you for a politics course. Two good books should be enough and I wouldn't include something from the 'for dummies' series. I assume this is only an initial draft?
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You can also discuss articles relating to politics if you feel you need to, although two books is probably enough. Do you have other things to show an interest in politics?
I've talked about the General Election but the rest is rather International-heavy.

I'm thinking of including the fact I keep up to date with current affairs through politics shows such as Question Time and The Andrew Marr Show- would that be better?
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I've talked about the General Election but the rest is rather International-heavy.

I'm thinking of including the fact I keep up to date with current affairs through politics shows such as Question Time and The Andrew Marr Show- would that be better?
Everyone probably does.
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Everyone probably does.
Would you say it's better than nothing? Or would a specific news story/event be more demonstrative of interest?
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Would you say it's better than nothing? Or would a specific news story/event be more demonstrative of interest?
the latter
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Could you mention the Labour Leadership election, that was pretty interesting politically?
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Would you say it's better than nothing? Or would a specific news story/event be more demonstrative of interest?
If it helps any, I wrote about the refugee issue in mine and I have 2 offers so far
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It's not about regurgitating books you have read it's about your critical view of them and what they are trying to say. How your views differ from the norms that established them. How that book impacts the world around us and how it impacted it you. How does that book proper you to greatness. Besides, I didn't add a book I read in my PS so I can drop it on the "like it's hot" on interview

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Mention The Economist, Spectator, New Statesman, Prospect? - They cover a broad range of topics so you could pretty much write about anything generic/topical and link to your 'wider reading' of one of these magazines.
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Mention The Economist, Spectator, New Statesman, Prospect? - They cover a broad range of topics so you could pretty much write about anything generic/topical and link to your 'wider reading' of one of these magazines.
Good advice. Also, when saying that, don't say it in a Blase way "I've read the Economist..." Try "I was particularly interested in X and was intrigued by the Economist's ..."
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It's not about regurgitating books you have read it's about your critical view of them and what they are trying to say. How your views differ from the norms that established them. How that book impacts the world around us and how it impacted it you. How does that book proper you to greatness. Besides, I didn't add a book I read in my PS so I can drop it on the "like it's hot" on interview

JS
This, although you can be reflective without being critical though- it's fine to mention a book and say why you found the book/ideas in it interesting.

Just namedropping books/magazines/tv shows is of no value. That's why if you want to discuss a magazine you need to pick out a specific article to talk about.
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I've referenced specific topics in the book that I found interesting and why.

But I'm way over the character limit :headfire:
Do I need to include the authors of the books?

Eg. "I am currently reading _______ by ______"
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If it helps any, I wrote about the refugee issue in mine and I have 2 offers so far
What did you apply for/where?
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Out of interest, where are you applying?
If this is only the initial draft then I would advise you to read one of the 'classics' of your political theory. So if you're deeply into conservatism read Burke, socialism/mutualism read Proudhon, anarchism read Bakunin for collectivist-anarchism and Rothbard for individualist-anarchism and etc. Gives you a 'foot in the door' so to speak, for interest in modern political thought and shows a deeper understanding of politics, not simply the surface layer commentary of journals and articles.
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What did you apply for/where?
I applied to Aberystwyth, Birmingham, Cardiff (x2) and Swansea. So far I have an offer from Aberystwyth for International Politics and Intelligence Studies and from Cardiff for Social Analytics and Politics

What about you?
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I've referenced specific topics in the book that I found interesting and why.

But I'm way over the character limit :headfire:
Do I need to include the authors of the books?

Eg. "I am currently reading _______ by ______"
No need for the author I would imagine. Also look for words/phrases that mean nothing/ add no real value.

Remove things like "really, very, extremely,"

I find the odd "particularly" stands out though.
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You should include the author's surname at least
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