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Politics , International Studies with Chinese (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Politics, International Studies with Chinese (BA)

Politics, International Studies with Chinese (BA)

  • UCAS Code
  • M168
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)

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.

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 or third year (50%) and final year marks (50%).

The third year is spent studying at a partner institution in China. Possible exchange partners include Tsinghua University and Xiamen University.

A level: AAB, to include a GCSE level or above in a foreign language

IB: 36

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.

    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.

Chinese language module at appropriate level
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.

Chinese language module at appropriate level

Politics of International Development

Many policies have been created in the name of international development yet so many in the world remain in poverty. This module challenges questions like, is poverty reduction the same thing as development? Examining key topics through this module, you will focus on why global inequalities persist today. You will be taught how to critically assess policies and ask what roles and responsibilities key actors, like the World Bank and aid agencies, should have in respect to international development.


Theories of International Relations

What has happened and what an event of international importance means might seem common sense, such as in the case of the 9/11 attacks or the global financial crisis, but in this module you will learn to critically examine conventional wisdom about world politics. You will explore different ways of analysing international relations, and what is at stake, exploring theories including those of realism, liberalism, Marxism, constructivism and feminism. Successful completion means you will be able to describe key assumptions in contemporary theories and analyse their purpose, coherence and inherent contradictions.


States and Markets: An Introduction to International Political Economy

Political economy shows that social orders, and the institutions that comprise them, need to be studied as complex wholes: power relations, states and markets, how and why a particular social order might work. You will study the classic theorists of political economy and then explore specific themes and issues. Guest lecturers contribute on themes and issues that marry closely with their areas of research interest and expertise. In your studies you will develop good investigative and research skills, including in IT, and learn how to present your arguments in written and spoken form.


International Security

This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction into theories, concepts and practices of international security. You will examine the study of strategy and warfare, debates about the meaning and scope of security and key security actors, institutions and mechanisms in world politics. By the end of this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge using theoretical debates about security in international relations and their relationship to security practices.

Year Three
Study Abroad
Year Four
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.

Chinese language module at appropriate level
Examples of optional modules/options for current students

Justice, Democracy & Citizenship; Foundations of Political Economy; Nine Ideas in International Security; Chinese Politics; International Security; Europe: Politics and Ideas; African Politics in Comparative Politics; East Asian Transformations; Britain and the War on Terror; Critical Security Studies; Governing Britain; Vigilant State: The Politics of Intelligence; The Politics of Religion.

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.

A level: AAB, to include a GCSE level or above in a foreign language

IB: 36

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

UCAS code

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 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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