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BA in Politics and International Studies: UCAS Code L260

A core training in the study of politics is combined with the theoretical, global and multi-disciplinary perspective provided by International Studies modules. The critical analysis of political ideas and global politics is a central theme of the degree course and you will examine a variety of theories and empirical evidence that confront contemporary and historical issues in international relations.

Programme Content

If you’re fascinated by politics on a national and international level, then this is the programme for you. You’ll critically engage with theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas, problems and issues locally, nationally and globally. You will give an added emphasis to the international dimensions of politics.

You will engage with core questions in political theory and how they apply to situations across the globe. You’ll confront how power is distributed internationally and evaluate the different ways in which societies organise their political systems. You’ll question the ideological roots of world problems and interrogate the ways in which economic imperatives affect foreign policy. You’ll analyse how different actors at the local, national and international levels engage politically and impact on our daily experiences.

Your studies will investigate how theoretical assumptions underpin political decisions and explore the concrete issues that are faced by individuals, governments and organisations around the world.

Questions include:

  • Why do states use violence?
  • How has globalisation affected patterns of development?
  • Does democracy brings greater stability to societies?

You’ll contest terms such as ‘terrorism’ and whether they threaten our security.

The foundation modules you take in the first year will emphasise the integration of theory and practice. This balance is further reflected in the core and optional modules taken in subsequent years. For example, questions about the nature of threats and violence that you discuss in the World Politics first year core module, can then be pursued in second year options such as International Security. You then choose specialised third year modules such as Britain and the War on Terror, or The Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence.

You will be taught by a wide range of staff with international research profiles across a number of subfields including political theory, international relations, international security, international political economy, and international development, as well as comparative politics and political systems.

In each year you will take four modules of equal weight (or the equivalent number, in the case of half module options). As the years progress, you will take a decreasing proportion of core modules and specialise your degree with an increasing proportion of optional modules. You can choose to study a language as part of your degree, and take advantage of our many study abroad and internship opportunities. Throughout your degree you will acquire a range of valuable transferable skills such as theoretical analysis, quantitative and qualitative research skills, and a high level of written and verbal communication.

Each student is allocated a personal tutor when they arrive at university – don’t be afraid to speak to them! My personal tutor was extremely helpful when choosing modules in my first year. That’s the good thing about Warwick – you have an abundant amount of information and advice to help you make your choices.
Personally, I really enjoyed the “Justice, Democracy & Citizenship” module in my first year, as it allows you to study political theory from three different viewpoints. The “Foundations of Political Economy” module I took helped me understand just how interlinked politics and economics are. What I enjoyed most about it is its mixture of the two disciplines, giving you the chance to look at things from two different perspectives.
Hala Fattal Dakmak, BA Politics and International Studies (2019)