The degree in Politics is designed to encourage a balanced education in the theoretical and empirical aspects of the subject. The critical analysis of political ideas is a central theme of the degree course and you will examine a variety of theories that attempt to make sense of what often seems to be a chaotic world.
If you are dedicated to understanding and critically engaging with the political world, exploring the theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas, problems and issues and confronting the politics of our everyday lives, then our BA Politics is right for you.
Political theory and comparative politics provide the core of the programme, but you can choose options across the full range of Politics and International Studies modules in any of our four specialised pathways, study a language as part of your degree, or choose an approved option each year in a related discipline.
You will tackle questions relating to the nature and distribution of power, the advantages and disadvantages of different political systems and the role of ideology in determining political outcomes. You’ll critique how politics works in a number of different nations and question the appropriate level to analyse politics from the individual to the global system. You’ll consider how the work of political theorists can help explain the ways in which politicians intervene in questions of economy, law-making, conflict and the regulation of our daily lives.
Engaging with contested ideas such as equality, justice, freedom and human rights, you’ll apply these ideas to everyday political problems such as: immigration; poverty; war; and climate change.
The emphasis on the integration of theory and practice is reflected in the foundation modules that you will take in the first year and in the core and optional modules taken in subsequent years. For example, questions about the nature of democracy you discuss in the Introduction to Politics first year module will then be pursued in second year modules on the politics of particular countries such as Britain or the US. You can take these even further in more specialised third year modules such as Violence and Reconciliation in Eastern Africa, or The Politics of European Union Policy-making.
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.
PAIS at Warwick has fulfilled all my expectations. The department has provided an intellectually stimulating undergraduate course which allowed me to discover areas of the discipline I hadn’t encountered before university and then take these interests further. Warwick’s flexible course structure meant that I could also take modules from other departments and broaden my academic horizons considerably. I’ve met some fantastic people, developed skills I already had and found new and obscure ones. My degree is a perfect stepping-stone to the career I want (Commercial Law), and Warwick has allowed me to explore my studies in a way that really motivates me. Akash Mukerji, BA Politics 2013