POLITICS, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND GERMAN (BA)
Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36
Explore approaches to political ideas both nationally and globally, whilst developing an in-depth understanding of the German language, and of society and culture in Germany and Austria and their relationship to the rest of Europe and the world.
Joint honours degree, split 50:50 between Politics and International Studies and German with a final year choice of remaining 50:50 or focusing 75:25 on German or PAIS.
You can also get involved with extracurricular activity linked to your studies, such as the PAIS Film Club. The course is good preparation for a career in politics, although it develops transferable skills in investigative and evaluative research, presentation and critical analysis that can be applied in many careers. Year 2 or 3 is spent studying or on work placement in Germany or Austria.
Joint degree split 50-50 between PAIS and German in Years 1 and 2 or 3; Year 2 or 3 Abroad; Final year choice between 50-50, or 75-25 PAIS-German, or 75-25 German-PAIS.
1st Year 120 CATS core; 2nd Year or 3rd Year at Warwick 60 CATS core 60 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.
Assesment 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%).
The year abroad is spent studying and/or on work placement in a country where German is the native language. Possible exchange universities have included:
Freie Universität Berlin
Technische Universität Wien
Technische Universität Dresden
Universität zu Köln
Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
You can choose between study abroad or work placement for the compulsory year abroad.
"My favourite lecture was 'Researching Voting Behaviour' since it linked very well to the 2015 General Election, and was therefore very current to study. I also enjoyed the 'Ethical Problems in Political Research' lecture, where we looked at whether Facebook manipulating the news feed of its users is justified, or ethical."
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A level: AAB, including German or other Modern or Classical Language
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).
- Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
- 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.
Interviews 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.
Introduction to Politics
Modern German Language I or Beginners
German Culture module
Year 2 or 3
- Political Theory from Hobbes
- Modern German Language II
- Issues in Political Theory
- Modern German Language III
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
Europe: Politics and Ideas; German Culture in the Age of Revolution 1789-1848; Politics of the UK; Politics of the USA; Bertolt Brecht: Theatre as Revolution; International Security; African Politics in Comparative Politics; German Memories of World War II
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS Graduate Scheme, Save the Children Korea, Reuters, IPSOS-MORI, Labour Party.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Communications Officer, HR Management, Freelance Video Producer and Reporter, Parliamentary Researcher, Research Officer, Parliamentary Candidate.
"Studying alone won't prepare you for the world of work."
"The course open day was really good at Warwick and helped make my decision to study here. All the modules I studied were relevant and have stood me in good stead for the future. I studied democratisation in my second year just as the Arab Spring kicked off, and the politics of religion module in my final year was current and still is.
Learning about political theory concepts was abstract but really interesting to understand better. I secured a paid internship in my second and third summer which helped me realise my passion for working in policy. I now work as Environment Strategy Manager."
Jennifer Sibley - Environment Strategy Manager
Studied 'Politics' - Graduated 2012
"I can trace the management skills I have now back to my course."
"I chose Warwick because it was a university that provided the mix of courses I was looking for. It was very international, highly ranked and a campus university. I can trace the management skills I have now to the skills that I learnt through my course, and working with different people in ‘One World Week’.
During my second year, I had the opportunity to complement my Politics and International Studies degree with an international law class which I loved. I interned with a law firm in the US over summer in my second year which was great exposure. In my last year, I thrived doing the communications work I was exposed to as Coordinator of One World Week and decided to centre my career in that area."
Ingrid Helsingen Warner - Managing Director, Leidar Norway
Studied 'Politics and International Studies' - Graduated 2006
A level AAB, iincluding German or other Modern or Classical Language
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full time
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and a year abroad.
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