Politics and International Studies with Chinese (BA) - Course full
Studying Politics, International Studies with Chinese (BA) enables you to take part in the critical analysis of political ideas in an international context. It will equip you with the theoretical foundations upon which you can build analysis of issue-based problems.
With a 75:25 split between Politics and International Studies, and Chinese, this degree gives you the opportunity to acquire Chinese language skills while gaining a strong understanding of Politics and International Studies. You will engage critically with the political world, from national and global perspectives, exploring the theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas. You will also study in China during your third year. You’ll be able to draw on our specialist expertise in the politics of East Asia and will become part of a vibrant community of international staff and students. Our graduates leave with the ability to understand complex theoretical positions and apply them to political problems and issues from the local to the global level. You’ll also become confident in debating with others, researching individually and completing presentations.
The course focuses 75% on the study of Politics and International Studies with 25% of the degree spent studying Chinese language, plus a year of study abroad in China.
In PAIS, our research falls into four clusters that represent major sub-disciplines within the study of Politics and International Studies. These research clusters are reflected in the four pathways within our undergraduate degrees: Political Theory & Public Policy; International Relations & Security; Comparative Politics & Democratisation; and International Political Economy.
Each of these subject pathways has a number of optional modules in each year of study so that you can tailor your degree to the particular sub-discipline that you nd the most interesting. You can alternatively mix and match across the pathways. Subjects currently offered include: African Politics; Chinese Politics; US Foreign Policy; the Political Economy of Money; Critical Security Studies; the Politics of Religion; and Justice, Democracy and Citizenship.
Whether you focus on a single area or take a cross-cluster approach, you will have a high degree of intellectual freedom to cross ‘traditional’ topic lines and explore issues that matter to you. 1st Year: 90 CATS core + 30 CATS options; Year 2 90 CATS core + 30 CATS options; Final Year 60 CATS core + 60 CATS options.
Most modules are taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.
8-12 hours of classroom contact per week. Teaching follows a pattern of weekly lectures and seminars, supplemented by group work, one-to-one advice and feedback hours, and the use of web-based materials.
Lectures vary; Seminars in Year One - maximum 14 students; Seminars in later years - maximum 18 students.
Assessment depends on your choice between coursework and exams; also dependent on modules chosen. The final degree classification is determined by your second or third year (50%) and final year marks (50%).
A level: AAB, to include a GCSE level or above in a foreign language
Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
Contextual data and differential offers
Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)
All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
Optional core modules
The third year is spent studying in China.
Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Houses of Parliament, Cancer Research UK, Her Majesty’s Civil Service, United Nations, Lloyds Banking Group and Citizens Advice.
They have pursued roles such as: environment-related professionals; journalists, newspaper and periodical editors; public relations professionals; social and humanities scientists; non-governmental associations professionals; and teachers.
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Your future awaits - the many things you can do after your degree in the PaIS department
- Careers in Government and Politics
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- What next? No need to panic! Careers thinking for busy PaIS finalists
- Assessment Centres and Interviews: an overview of what to expect for PaIS students
Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time
28 September 2020
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
This information is applicable for 2020 entry.
Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.
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