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Politics BA(Hons)

Attendance UCAS code/apply Year of entry
3 years full time See course combinations for joint honours UCAS codes 2014 and 2015
6 years part time Apply direct to the University 2014 and 2015

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Why choose this course?

Politics is fundamentally about power, the ways in which it is organised and expressed, and the way it flows throughout society. This joint honours course explores questions related to power and politics, such as the tension between freedom and equality, ethics and obligations, the nature of war and terrorism, and the development of human rights.

See the course combinations section for more information about the different joint honours options.

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What will you study?

A focus on the interaction of people, ideas and institutions provides the basis for understanding how values are allocated and resources are distributed at many levels, from the local through to the sectoral, national, regional and global. Ultimately, politics is about who gets what, when, how, why and where, directing you to key questions of power, justice, human rights, order, conflict, legitimacy, accountability, obligation, sovereignty, decision-making and governance.

This degree will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the political issues that affect societies across the world. It takes an interdisciplinary approach, examining political life from a wide variety of perspectives, including area studies, cultural politics, international politics, human rights, political theory and political sociology. Throughout your studies you will be supported by an integrated programme of study skills development, employability training and one-to-one academic support from a personal tutor. You do not need to have studied politics and international relations before, and the course is not just for those who want a career in politics-related fields.

Year 1 is designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for your university studies. You will be introduced to some of the key themes in political thinking and ideology that have guided political practice during the past 200 years, as well as the controversies associated with institutions and systems of power in the UK. The first-year curriculum is also accompanied by a focus on academic skills development, helping you to hone your abilities and approach to learning.

Year 2 allows increasing flexibility in your choice of study topics. The focus on political theory continues in more depth, and you will also have the opportunity to explore international relations, human rights and the politics of Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. During the second year, many students also take the opportunity to study abroad in mainland Europe, North America or Australia.

Year 3 centres on your final-year research project, which explores a topic of interest in depth. You will be supported by a supervisor, receive training in research skills, and will participate in discussion forums to explore your developing ideas with course colleagues. The project culminates with the presentation of your project at our end-of-year student conference. You will also study taught modules and will have the opportunity to study issues of political violence, political extremism, and the influence of popular culture on political processes and ideas.

You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Most of our undergraduate courses support studying or working abroad through the University's study abroad programme or Erasmus programme.

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