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Politics, International Studies and German (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Politics, International Studies and German (BA)

Politics, International Studies and German (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • M164
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


Studying Politics, International Studies and German (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.


This is a 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. This degree enables you to explore approaches to political ideas and critically engage with political issues both nationally and globally. You will also develop 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. You can also get involved with extracurricular activity linked to your studies, such as the PAIS Film Club. You’ll spend your second or third year studying or on work placement in Germany or Austria.

The course is good preparation for a career in politics, although it develops transferable skills in investigative and evaluative research, presentation and critical analysis, which can be applied in many careers.

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.

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 year abroad is spent studying and/or on work placement in a country where German is the native language.

Possible exchange universities have included:

  • Universität Konstanz
  • Freie Universität Berlin
  • Universität Wien
  • Technische Universität Wien
  • Universität Salzburg
  • Universität Bayreuth
  • Technische Universität Dresden
  • Universität zu Köln
  • Ludwig Maximilians Universität München
  • Universität Würzburg
  • Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

You can choose between study abroad or work placement for the compulsory year abroad.

A level: AAB, to include a Modern or Classical Language

IB: 36, to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical 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.

    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.

Modern German Language 1 or Modern German Language for Beginners
German Culture module
Year Two or Three (whichever year is not spent abroad)
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.

Modern German Language 2

In this second-year module, you will increase your general and specialised vocabulary in German through translation into English and German, essay-writing in German, spoken and listening comprehension, and work on business-related materials. In pursuit of these aims, you will learn to identify and rectify grammatical problems, and gain increased sensitivity towards language in general, and an awareness of register, semantics and style in particular. You will also gain important research skills, including correct use of dictionaries.

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.

Modern German Language 3

In this third-year module, you will use vocabulary of increasing sophistication in both general and specialised fields, and improve your skills in spoken and written German and translation. You will improve your listening and reading comprehension skills, and learn to identify and rectify grammatical problems. An important aim of the course is to cultivate sensitivity towards language in general, and an awareness of register, semantics and style in particular.

Examples of optional modules/options for current students

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

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 Modern or Classical Language

IB: 36, to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language

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

UCAS code
M164

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department
School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Duration
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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