You will understand and analyse the key political issues that characterise twenty-first century politics and develop valuable, transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of career and postgraduate study options. The degree programme will equip you with the tools you need to be competitive in a world where strategic thinking is prized and analysis of political risks highly valued. The programme is geared to helping you graduate with the understanding, skills and experience that will prepare you for postgraduate study or careers in a range of governmental, corporate, non-governmental and international organisations engaged in addressing these challenges.
This course has been developed for students who want to analyse, in a systematic and comparative way, the key political problems and issues that face states and societies across the world.
You will develop vital analytical skills that are theoretically rigorous and empirically informed. You will learn how to apply these skills to explain today's key issues, such as uneven economic growth and rising inequality, political violence, civil war and a shifting balance of global economic and political power. In today's increasingly interconnected world, understanding the central issues and trends that characterise twenty-first century politics requires students to look beyond the borders of any single nation and adopt a global perspective. The Politics BSc (Hons) at City will provide you with the analytical skills, and theoretical and methodological tools that will help you address the key questions that are central to understanding politics today.
The BSc (Hons) Politics will enable you to investigate how national politics influences global political phenomena.
Students will develop strong analytical skills, learning how to compare political phenomena taking place in different countries to improve your knowledge of contemporary politics. As a student with us you will broaden your regional and country-level expertise with a range of modules on the politics of emerging powers. This course will challenge you to apply the key theories and approaches of the politics discipline to explore the diversity of political processes and political systems across different countries and regions of the world.
Plus, to prepare you for a wide range of future career and postgraduate study possibilities, you will benefit from our location within a department with a strong international focus, and our exciting opportunities for work placement and studying abroad.
You will take six core modules, which will provide you with a foundation in the main issues, concepts, and theoretical perspectives of politics, comparative politics and political theory.
In addition, you will choose two elective modules from a wide range of topics that are directly relevant to the study of politics. These are offered by the Department of International Politics, as well as other departments in the School of Arts and Social Science. In addition, you have the option of taking one foreign language course.
1st year compulsory core modules core (all modules are 15 credits each)
- Introduction to Politics
- Puzzles of Comparative Politics
- Introduction to Political Theory
- Emerging Powers in a Changing World
- Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics: Making Sense of Social Data
- Producing Social Data
During the second year, you will take two compulsory modules. One to consolidate your understanding of the key theories, approaches and concepts and another to develop your scholarly writing.
In addition to these two core modules you will be able to choose six elective modules – four must be chosen from a list of modules pertaining to the field of politics/comparative politics with the purpose of building your specialised knowledge in the subject field you are studying. The remaining electives can be chosen from a broader selection of modules.
2nd year core modules (All modules are 15 credits each):
- Scholarly Writing
- Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
Choose at least 60 credits (4 modules) from:
- Political Risk Analysis
- Politics of the USA
- Comparative Asian Politics
- Comparative Political Economy
- Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change.
You will be able to apply the skills you have acquired during the first two years to your final year dissertation – a sustained piece of independent research on a subject of your choice within the field of politics/comparative politics.
You will also choose two elective modules in the areas that interest you the most and in doing so, specialise within the wider field of politics/comparative politics.
Final Year Dissertation Project. Across all 3 years you will study electives from International Politics, History, Sociology and International Political Economy
The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%.
You will be assessed by:
- Coursework (assessed essays and assignments)
- Unseen exams
- Oral presentations
- Other types of assessment methods that are suitable to specific modules.
In addition, the Politics BSc (Hons) involves two research projects:
- A 5,000-word research paper at the end of the second year
- A 10,000-word dissertation submitted at the end of your third year
Application deadline details:
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