Politics and Sociology (BA) - Course full
Studying Politics and International Studies 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.
This joint honours degree is split 50:50 between Politics and Sociology with the option of a 75:25 focus in the final year in either discipline. It explores theoretical and empirical approaches to political and social ideas and issues, and the impact of these on our everyday lives. An interdisciplinary approach encourages you to consider the world from different political and sociological perspectives. It enables you to think critically about contemporary society in the UK and beyond. It also encourages you to explore sub-fields such as gender and sexuality, race and difference, international relations, international political economy, sociology of media and culture, and international development. It offers an important empirical dimension, linking ethical questions around the provision of public goods like welfare or security to the demands of existing social movements and policy elites. Additional opportunities include the possibility of a year studying or working abroad.
This joint degree offers a 50-50 split between the disciplines in Years 1 & 2 with a choice of continuing 50-50 in the Final Year or focusing 75-25 on either Politics or Sociology.
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%).
We offer a wide range of opportunities to study abroad. You can apply to spend the second year of your degree on one of our competitive North America exchange placements in the United States at institutions such as the University of California, or in Canada at the University of Waterloo. These integrated study abroad programmes enable you to still complete your Warwick degree in three years. We also offer extensive study abroad opportunities for an intercalated year in France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong that extend your degree by a year.
A level: AAB
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
- History of Sociological Thought
- Sociology of Gender
- Class and Capitalism in the Neoliberal World
- Race and the Making of the Modern World
Optional core modules
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)
3 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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