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    I want to study Politics and International Relations at university but I would like to hear some experiences from past students that have taken this course or any similar course that is related to politics. Would be appreciated.
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    (Original post by EagleKingdom)
    I want to study Politics and International Relations at university but I would like to hear some experiences from past students that have taken this course or any similar course that is related to politics. Would be appreciated.
    Rather than asking for general experiences, it might be easier if you posted some specific questions?
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    Some very basic advice on it..
    If you're taking it because you liked politics at A-Level, think again. they are worlds apart.
    The first year tends to be chock full of dull and inane 17th century philosophers who're only included within the modules to weed out the chaff..
    Also unless you enjoy heated debates with the occasional pen being thrown at you, or by you... then it might be worth pursuing something less potentially divisive.
    On a slightly more serious note if you have any specific questions, fire away.
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    (Original post by Napp)
    Some very basic advice on it..
    If you're taking it because you liked politics at A-Level, think again. they are worlds apart.
    The first year tends to be chock full of dull and inane 17th century philosophers who're only included within the modules to weed out the chaff..
    Also unless you enjoy heated debates with the occasional pen being thrown at you, or by you... then it might be worth pursuing something less potentially divisive.
    On a slightly more serious note if you have any specific questions, fire away.
    Ha, this is very true.

    Bear in mind you could also do straight Politics or straight International Relations. These are two very different degrees.
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    (Original post by Napp)
    Some very basic advice on it..
    If you're taking it because you liked politics at A-Level, think again. they are worlds apart.
    The first year tends to be chock full of dull and inane 17th century philosophers who're only included within the modules to weed out the chaff..
    Also unless you enjoy heated debates with the occasional pen being thrown at you, or by you... then it might be worth pursuing something less potentially divisive.
    On a slightly more serious note if you have any specific questions, fire away.
    I like being involved in debates so that shouldn't be a problem hehe. Also, is the course quite demanding in terms of work and does it take a lot of your time away?
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    (Original post by EagleKingdom)
    I like being involved in debates so that shouldn't be a problem hehe. Also, is the course quite demanding in terms of work and does it take a lot of your time away?
    Splendid.
    Ummm mine wasnt but im not sure if thats down to the University or not. At any rate i did IR at QMUL so i'm basing it on that. In general it wasnt especially hard, time consuming yes, but not hard. the 1st year is little more than an extended intro at any rate.. just to bring everyone up to par. The only real effort you can expect to expend is on the seminar readings - there were a lot!!
    Second year is more of the same but you get to specialise a bit more so if nothing else you should find the work more enjoyable
    Third year is a real ***** though. Lots of large essays and your dissertation.

    With all that being said i found IR to be enormous fun and recommend it wholeheartedly if that interests you but you get out what you put in, as it were.
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    (Original post by EagleKingdom)
    I like being involved in debates so that shouldn't be a problem hehe. Also, is the course quite demanding in terms of work and does it take a lot of your time away?
    Where I am, there is a tonne of reading for politics. I'm doing 2 politics modules, and have to read about 400 pages this week for them, as well as all my other work.

    Also, as others have said it's nothing like politics A-level.
    Half is political theory which is just Ancient Greek philosophers, Marx, Nietchze, Hobbes, etc. - great if you like that sort of thing but I can't understand any of it 😂

    The other half is political science which has loads of maths and statistical analysis in, so if you don't like maths, choose your university carefully to find one with less emphasis on it.

    IR is probably more similar to politics A-level.
 
 
 
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