Why do countries go to war? How much tax should we pay? Can foreign policy ever be wholly ethical? If these are the kind of questions that interest you then you'll love exploring them through this stimulating, discussion-based degree course.
Address some of the contemporary world's most pressing problems and explore ideas, theories and values that permeate politics and international relations.
You will learn about the fundamental elements of politics and international relations, address some of the contemporary world's most pressing problems and explore the ethical and moral issues that arise when political authority is exercised. Your learning is informed by our world leading research and is led by expert staff who have direct experience of the world of politics and international affairs. In 2017, we achieved a student satisfaction score of 92% for our teaching in the National Student Survey.
Most of your teaching time will be spent in small group seminars, allowing you to interact directly with staff and other students, and add your own voice to the discussion. You will learn about the fundamental elements of politics and international relations, address some of the contemporary world's most pressing problems and explore the ethical and moral issues that arise when political authority is exercised.
You will be able to pursue your own interests through a wide range of specialist optional modules, which cover topical issues such the politics of the welfare state, international terrorism and the Middle East crisis. You will also have the option to take modules in other subjects, such as economics and history, to broaden your knowledge and learn other skills.
Our Model United Nations and Middle East simulations give you the opportunity to get a direct feel for the political process and apply your knowledge and skills to a scenario that mimics real life. You can also take part in other activities that are related to politics. For example, you can contribute to the Department of Politics and International Relations' weekly politics radio show through our Media and Politics module, learning other useful skills such as presenting and audio editing.
You can undertake a two-week placement as part of our module on British government and politics. This is an opportunity for you to gain first-hand experience of working with an MP, charity, pressure group, local councillor or media organisation. You can also carry out longer placements during summer vacations, or spend a year in industry. And you take a longer placement module – or even a year in work – as part of your degree.
We have a specialist placement officer, who can provide you with one-to-one support in securing and preparing for a placement.
Through this course you will develop strong analytical and research skills, as well as become experienced in delivering presentations and working in a group. These skills are valued by employers in many industries, giving you the option of roles that are directly related to your degree or in completely different fields. 98% of our undergraduate students in the Department of Politics and International Relations are in work or further study within six months of graduation. (DLHE Survey 2015-16).
Past students have put their political analysis skills to direct use in the British and European civil services, political research units, think tanks, non-governmental organisations and journalism. Others have gone into advertising, PR, media and banking.
Sample modules may include:
*Introduction to contemporary democracy
*Politics of the welfare state
*British foreign and defence policy since 1945
Check our website for further details of the course structure.
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