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Politics (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Politics (BA)

Politics (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • L200
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 3 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAA
  • IB: 38
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


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. It appeals to people interested in subjects such as international conflict and security, problems of international development, issues relating to states and markets, and the politics of the UK, Europe, the Americas, Africa, East Asia and the Middle East.


Our Politics degree will enable you to engage critically with the political world, and to explore theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas and issues. You will learn to understand political systems and confront the politics of our everyday lives through core teaching and via exciting additional learning opportunities. These could include our guest lecture series, the PAIS Film Club, and our year abroad programmes. You’ll study a variety of subjects in political theory, comparative politics and political systems, as well as international relations, international security, international political economy, and international development. The course also supports you to develop key skills in investigative, analytical and communicative research, as well as presentation skills acquired through independent and collaborative study.

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.

So, for example, if you choose BA Politics and develop a taste for International Political Economy, then you can select modules within this pathway as a specialism. This strongly prepares you to study that specialist area at postgraduate level or to enter a related career.

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.

Most modules are taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.

Contact hours
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.

Class size
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 (40%) and final year marks (60%).

The Department offers 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 count as the second year of your degree and enable you to still complete your Warwick degree in three years.

If you would rather study abroad for only part of your second year, you can apply for our half-year exchange programme with City University, Hong Kong. We also offer extensive study abroad opportunities as an intercalated year in France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong that extend your degree by a year.

Students can apply for an intercalated year of Study Abroad or Work Placement which extends the degree to four years.

A level: AAA

IB: 38

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.

    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.

    Open Days
    All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year One
Introduction to Politics

Introduction to Politics gives you a broad overview of main issues and theoretical perspectives. You will learn first to understand and then apply the core concepts of comparative political science and theory to processes, institutions, ideologies and practical policy-making. You will conduct a comparative study of different political systems and political change, both in writing and in open debate.

World Politics

In this introduction to world politics and international relations, you will gain a solid understanding of the historical underpinnings of the structure and systems of states, and become familiar with major theories of international relations post-1945. You will analyse contemporary writings on world politics and engage critically, both orally and in writing, with key concepts and theoretical debates on the nature of international political systems.

Political Research in the 21st Century

On this course, we aim to make you a better communicator and critical thinker. Armed with cutting-edge research methods and the academic skills to make a successful transition to university-level study. This module focuses on how best we can support you to become independent learners, giving you the firm foundations from which to achieve the best possible degree, in addition to valuable transferable skills post graduation.

Year Two
Political Theory from Hobbes

How should human beings be governed? The thinkers you will study – from Hobbes to Marx – had very different answers to this question. Building on your understanding of political philosophy, you will read significant primary and secondary texts to develop your understanding of how political convictions are shaped by the context and history of individual thought and social interaction. You will confront and assess complex ideas in political theory, and present and defend your point of view, both orally and in writing.


Core Issues in Comparative Politics

Why are some countries democratic and others not? Why do people use political violence in some places and at times? What role does populism play in contemporary democracies? Why do different ethnic groups sometimes live together peacefully, and sometimes not? In this module, you will compare political developments in different countries around the world, and apply theoretical knowledge of comparative politics by working on both academic research projects and film projects. Through your studies of a variety of media, you will learn to critically apply theoretical ideas to practical examples, and to gather and analyse the evidence, data and information to support your conclusions.

OR

Introduction to Comparative Public Policy

On this module you will develop a high-level understanding of the politics behind public policy-making, looking at how constrained policymakers are by history and institutional context. You will be introduced to the main analytical tools that are used to understand continuity, change and cross-national variation in public policy. You will then develop and use these tools for critical evaluations of the actions of governments.

PLUS

21st Century Challenges and Public Policy Solutions

This module builds on Introduction to Comparative Public Policy, giving you the opportunity to apply well-established theories of public policy-making to the analysis of contemporary public policy challenges. You will compare public policy responses to these challenges, both across countries and over time, critically evaluating alternative government and develop policy recommendations for a non-academic audience.


Any of our regional specialist modules, including but not limited to:

Politics of the UK; Politics of the USA; Politics of China; Europe: Politics and Ideas; Themes in European Integration; African Politics in Comparative Perspective

Year Three
Issues in Political Theory

Should parents send their children to private schools? Is freedom of movement a moral right? Is it unjust to rear animals for food? Who should bear the costs of climate change? You will explore fundamental questions of political morality by critically analysing complex arguments from contemporary political philosophy. You will study closely John Rawls’s theory of justice, and consider the rival theories of Robert Nozick, G. A. Cohen and Ronald Dworkin. You will have practical opportunities to develop and defend your own ethical standpoint through your considered judgements on current dilemmas, taking into account opposing arguments and perspectives.

Examples of optional modules/options for current students

Justice, Democracy & Citizenship; Nine Ideas in International Security; Politics of the UK; Politics of International Development; Europe: Politics and Ideas; Britain and the War on Terror; Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence; The Politics of Religion; Politics and Culture in the Middle East; US Foreign Policy.

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.

Gold

"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

Gold

"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: AAA

IB: 38

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

UCAS code
L200

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
3 years full-time

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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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