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    Hey there, I am currently a second year student studying BA (Honours) International Politics at Middlesex University.

    I am also a course ambassador for BA International Politics, this includes BA International Politics and Law, BA International Politics, Economics and Law, and Foundation Year in Law and Social Sciences.

    If you have any questions about the courses relating to International Politics or what being a student at Middlesex University is like, I would more than happy to answer your questions. I am here to provide you with guidance and advise about Middlesex University, so please don’t be afraid to ask me questions.


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    Here are some general questions and answers about International Politics at Middlesex University. If you have any other questions please ask

    1. Does the teaching happen in big classes?

    The teaching happens in moderate classes, there will usually be around 25-30 students in each of your modules. You will have a lectures and a seminar a week, you may get a workshop but these are not very common when studying International Politics.


    2. What are lectures like?

    Lectures will vary from 1-2 hours, in my first year I had 2-hour lectures and in my second year I have a 1-hour lecture for each module. Each lecture will focus on a new topic relating to the module, you are recommended a reading list that you should do before your lecture so that you are prepared and can make your own understanding of the lecture. It is very important to do the reading and your lecture will provide a brief overview of certain topics or theories, which you should then research after each lecture and seminar. The readings you do will also help you when it comes to writing essays or exams.


    3. What are the seminars like?

    Seminars last for 1-hour and are great because they allow you to discuss with other students as well as your lecturer a certain journals, or book chapters that you would have been asked by your lecturer to read, it will be a follow up to your lecture. Here you can understand how to read and understand academic writing and break them down, you can also ask questions and express any concerns you have with understanding the previous lecture. In my first year my lectures and seminars were on different times or days, however, in my second year my lecture and seminar are in a set block of 2 hours. In second year some lecturers will have one week lectures and the next week seminars, where the students are more integrated and can learn from each other as well.


    4. Will I have many exams during my first year?

    There are no exams in your first year, all four of my modules were 100% coursework, this was spread out by essays, presentation, and blog posts with referencing. Middlesex University has its own grading scale as well to give you a better understanding of where your grade stands, or what level your 1st or 2.1 etc. is on. As I mentioned previously your recommended reading list play a key role, as you can use what you have read for referencing when doing your essays, you will need to write your essay in Harvard style referencing and the more references you use, the better this will be.


    5. Will I have to spend lots of money buying books?

    The great thing that Middlesex University offers is Kortext books, this is a webpage that gives you access to one key book for each module, for free. You can access the book on your laptop, tablet and mobile phone. We also have a great library where you will be able to find all the key books relating to your modules and more. You can take the books on loan or photocopy sections for free, free printing is given to all students, and the library is open 24/7. You can also access for free a wide range of journals on Google Scholar or from Middlesex University’s own system ‘Summon’, that will help you a great deal.


    6. Will I have university every day?

    It is unlikely that you will have university every day, in my first year I had university 3 days a week, in my second year I have it 4 days a week. The idea of this is to give you time to do your own research outside the lectures and seminars.


    7. What support is there for me if I fall behind in my studies?

    There is a great deal of support offered to students, you Programme Leader is great if you need help or have questions related to the modules. They will specify their office working hours where you can go and meet with them if you have any queries. If you are struggling with writing your essays and need help the library runs a programme called Learning Enhancement Team, where you can book an appointment and they will be able to help you with your essays by proof reading them, and give you support and assistance with your studies. Our university also has Student Learning Assistants (SLAs) available, these are current students that can provide you with support and assistance because they would have studies that module previously.
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    My week at university


    Hey everyone!

    Thus far, my modules have been about getting introduced to new topics, this considers a great deal of further reading and research than the classroom, in order to understand what I am learning better and make my own conclusions. I have been spending a lot of my time at the library, I love that it has different environments depending on what kind of studying I want to do. This week is my reading week, which is fantastic as it gives me a chance to take a step back, look at everything that I have learned the past five weeks and research further to fill in my gaps in knowledge, and also get up-to-date with reading. It is also great because soon we have deadlines, so we can use this week to get started on those. I have also been going to the university gym, the facilities at the gym are awesome and modern.

    Hope you’re having a good week too!

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    This week was the first week back from my reading week, this allowed me to catch up with all my required reading and more. I have had some very interesting reads, one of my module assignments is to read and research a lot of journal articles on a topic of my interest, and then to compare and contrast the articles to dictate what knowledge is already available and what is missing. When we come to mid-December we tend to have essays due, so I have been preparing and planning for these. It is very important to start your assignments early and not leave then to the last minute, so that you can get the best grade possible.

    Have a good week!

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    Hey guys!

    This week has been a very busy week, but also a very interesting week. Since we have deadlines coming up so I have been spending a lot of my time in the library studying and preparing. This has been great because I am learning and gaining so much more knowledge, through researching and reading. Doing a great deal of reading makes writing essays so much easier, because it allows you to draw your own conclusion, compare and contract academic writing, which all make for a better and stronger argument.

    We also had a trip to the House of Parliament in Westminster this week with my Comparative Politics class, which was extremely interesting and fascinating. We were shown around to all of the room and explained the history behind it all, including history of all the monarchy that links in. It was great to go into the House of Commons and the House of Lords, it is not every day that one gets the opportunity to be inside it, rather than see it on TV. This linked into Comparative Politics, where we have look at two countries and compare their political systems.

    Hope you have a great week too!

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    Hey guys!

    This week has been very exciting, we've had a lot of things going on at university. We had our open day so that you guys could come along and see what Middlesex University is like. A great opportunity to ask questions about the course, speak to professors and current students. This day was a whole load of fun, I even go to meet new people at my university. I also had the opportunity to speak to students about my course and why I love it. If you did miss out on this open day, you can come and join us at our next one in February. You can find all the information regarding it here http://www.mdx.ac.uk/get-in-touch/meet-us/ug-open-days. If you haven't been to the open day and want to come or are considered Middlesex, I think it would be very beneficial for you to come. It's a great opportunity to see the university in person.

    Another awesome opportunity that we had this week was a photoshoot for the course ambassadors, it's was a lot of fun shooting around university. The purpose of it was to use the photos for when we write to you. We break up for Christmas in two weeks, so these to weeks are crucial in finishing current deadlines before then. I hope you guys are having a great week too.

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    Hey guys!

    This week has been lots of fun, we had our own Christmas market. It was wonderful there were many different stalls with products that students had created and food stalls. To top it off there was also a couple of reindeers on the day.

    Very interesting also, we turned one of our classes into a debate session, we had to research on our question before the lecture. On the lecture, some were for and some against, we had to debate in the correct manner. When one mentioned a point, you then had to counterattack that argument, then give a new now. It was a fun and interesting to see how people debate and argue a topic which they actually for.

    Only another week left of university until the Christmas break, so I have been spending most of my time in the library, I am determined to get a 1st this year.

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    Hey guys!

    Today if my final day before I break up for the Christmas holidays. This semester feels like it has gone by so quickly, I guess this is because the course has never failed to bore me. I have been so drawn and compelled by course and politics in itself since I started last year. I think also because today is such a crucial and important time for politics, it makes it that much more interesting to teach.

    A new teacher that we have had this year is Dr Hough for International Relations, his lectures are fantastic. The way he teaches keeps us so engaged in what he is saying. This has definitely been my favourite module so far, we have been learning and analysing foreign policy, diplomacy, wars that have accrued and many more.

    This break has come at really good time, to allow us to relax and also read back and revise what we have learned.


    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

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    Merry Christmas, I hope you are all having a lovely holiday. This week has been all about relaxing with family and friends, I’ve had a great time seeing all my friends that I went to school with over the holidays.

    No doubt I have also been working on a couple of essays due in January. I had been quite nice to work on my essays gradually day by day and not have to rush it. I have been going to my local library in oxford and doing a few hours of work a day.

    Even though this time off is a holiday, it would be a shame to not get any work done as I can do the work at my own pace. I hope you are having a great week too.

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    So Christmas is over and we are going into the new year which is a very exciting time.

    I’ve spent my holidays in Oxford as that’s where I’m from, but I have been back and forth to London due to work. I have tried to work on my essays while I’ve been in London.

    The library has been a very nice and quiet environment as not many students are here yet.

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    Hey guys!

    This week has been all about getting back into the swing of things, getting out of the holiday mode and back into working mode.

    We start university on Monday, I have to admit I am excited to go back and see all my friends. I have a couple of essays next week, so I have been focusing on completing these.

    Even though we have these essays as soon as we go back to university, what’s great is that after these two essay we do not have any deadlines for a month. This will be great in allowing me to catch up with reading and doing further research into the lectures.

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    This week has been our first week back and it has just flown by, I had a couple of deadlines yesterday. One of my essays was for International Relations, which theory gives us a better understanding of the modern world and the other Social Science module, which was more about the philosophy of knowledge. So this whole week has been about getting those done, it has been quite fun as we study and get work done together with my classmates in the library.

    However, after those deadlines we don’t have for a while now, can go back to relaxing a little. This is a really good time to study and revise a little day by day for the next essays and exams, to not stress when I have my next deadlines.

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    This week has been a very relaxed and chilled week. With deadlines over it has meant that I've had time to focus on reading into new topics that were being introduced to and researching them further than what were informed in the lectures. I've been going to the University gym a lot this week, it's a great and affordable gym. I find it a great way to socialise as well as work out.

    As course ambassador for International Politics I've had the chance to call some of you who have offers from us and offer you an insight about what the course is like from a student perspective. It has been a great opportunity to speak to prospective students.

    We had a Refresh Fair this week, organised by our student union. It was really fun we got to see what all the societies were offers and join them. There were promotion food and drinks by companies.

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    Hope some of you that have offers from Middlesex University came on Thursday to our VIP reception. It really fun and enjoyable, I loved meeting prospective students and letting them know how much I love my course. I was based with my head of course and it was great because watching him speak to students about why politics is such a great subject to study, it gave me motivation to do even more work and be more curious in knowledge.


    This week has been busy, but fun, I received my grades back from my essays that I had before and after Christmas. I am so that I did well, and proved that it really pays off when you put the work in. I really enjoy my course, and I realise this more and more every day. One thing that I love that you don’t just study one topic or area, we cover such wide topics that when it comes to looking for a job I am not limited with my field. We study international Politics, Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy, Social Science, Comparative Politics, European Politics, Geopolitics, History, Philosophy and so much more. I would recommend this course to anyone because I know you would not be disappointed.


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    Hey guys!

    This week has been busy and excited, my lectures and seminars have gone on as normal. However, I've spent a lot of time this week preparing for an assignment for my Social Science module, we are conducting quantitative and qualitative research. The topic is to find out how students feel about Brexit and Trump. The quantitative is where we create a questionnaire and only have answers on a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree. Whereas for the qualitative we need to conduct interviews and have to have questions prepared on different themes within Brexit and Trump, in order to be prepared for what direction the interviewer wants to take the interview, based on what they feel are the strongest issues. This has been time-consuming as there is so much that is required before being ready to conduct the interview, but I think this will be very interesting in understanding what is my preferred method to research.

    I think this is an important topic right now and it will be great to get a perspective on how other students feel about the situation, also how they think it will affect them. This week I have also tried to read at least 10 articles every day on world news, it has proven to be very interesting and I'm trying to read on what is happening in different countries and not just one issue or country. This is a fun challenge to set yourself, you'll be surprised how much you find out and how many issues you had no idea were even happening. Hope you had a great week too.

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    This week we had a trip to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which is a UN agency that regulates shipping around the world. It was very interesting as we got a tour of the building, we got to see where all the diplomats from countries meet to discuss and make decisions. This was a fantastic opportunity because they were very helpful in letting us know how we could get an internship with them. Middlesex University has been great at organising trips and events to give us opportunity to meet people in the political field.

    I've been doing research and studying for the modules to keep on top of the course and be prepared for when we have exams and essay.

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    Hey guys,

    This week has been my reading week, it has been so nice to have to week off. I had a break for the first couple of days but then I tried to do all my reading and work to prepare for my deadlines. It’s fantastic having these reading weeks as it gives you an opportunity to catch up and get on top of your work.

    A group of my class friends and I have met up this week to work together, this has been super productive as we have helped each other with things that someone else didn’t understand.

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    Hey guys!

    This week I have continued with my social science research, my topic is how students feel about Brexit and Trump. This project includes a lot of preparation as I will need to get students to fill out the questionnaires I have created, and conduct interviews. The interviews will be up to one hour long interviews in depth. The reason for conducting the same research in two different methods is to understand what research method I preferred best, quantitative or qualitative, this will come in handy when working on my dissertation on conducting primary research.

    I have also been calling all of the students who have offers to study with us, to invite them to an Applicant Day that we are holding to give prospective students a taste of their course and a chance to meet their tutors.

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    Hey guys!

    Have had a very busy week with university, lots of deadlines are coming up as we only have 6 weeks left. This is very exciting as we break up for summer very soon, however this means we have a deadline every week. I have been working on my essay and research. This week in International Relations each student had to do a presentation on their chosen government or non-government organisation. It was interesting learning from other students.

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    Hey guys!

    I've been busy this week with university essays and making calls to the prospective student to invite them to our applicant day. The work has been great as I have been researching and writing about very interesting topics. For two of my essays, we can make our own question based on what we have studied in the module. This is great because it allows me to choose what I want to research, this way you I pick what interests me the most and this way I never feel that I'm doing a piece of work for the sake of it.

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