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

Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies (BA)

Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • M166
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


Studying Politics, International Studies and Hispanic Studies (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.


If you are interested in both the political world and in Hispanic language and culture, this course considers the approaches to national and global political issues and political theory alongside international relations, and Spanish language study. Your degree will be split 50:50 between Politics and International Studies and Hispanic Studies with the choice of a 75:25 split in favour of either subject in the final year. You’ll emerge with strong written and oral Spanish communication skills, as well as sought-after investigative, evaluative and presentation skills, gained through independent and collaborative study. During the course, you can also get involved with extracurricular activities linked to your studies, such as the PAIS Film Club and visiting speaker series. There is a compulsory year abroad in a Spanish speaking country in Year Two or Three.

Joint degree split 50-50 between PAIS and Hispanic Studies in Years 1 and 2 or 3; Year 2 or 3 Abroad; Final year choice between 50-50, or 75-25 PAIS-Hispanic Studies, or 75-25 Hispanic Studies-PAIS.

1st Year 120 CATS core

2nd Year or 3rd Year at Warwick 60 CATS core and 60 CATS options

Final Year 60 CATS core and 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 Spanish is the native language.

Possible exchange universities have included:

  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
  • Universidad Pablo de Olavide
  • Universidade de Vigo
  • Universidad de Zaragoza
  • Universidad de Puerto Rico
  • Universidad de Granada
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona

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 Spanish Language 1 or Modern Spanish Language for Beginners
Hispanic 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 Spanish Language 2

On this module, you will extend your competence in Spanish. You will deepen your understanding of advanced grammatical and linguistic structures, increase the range and sophistication of your vocabulary, and refine your use of register in authentic spoken and written discourse. You will use resources from a variety of media from around the Hispanic world, and take part in our virtual language exchange with students in Latin America and Spain. At the end of the course, you should have sufficient mastery to discuss different topics, report on your independent reading and support your opinions with solid arguments.

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 Spanish Language 3

On this module, you will consolidate your fluency in spoken and written Spanish, and refine your translation skills to advanced level. You will practise oral and discursive expression using a range of advanced linguistic structures, vocabulary and registers. You will be engaged in independent study, for example in researching and preparing work for presentation in class in order to develop your communicative and intercultural competence and the capacity to structure your own learning.

Examples of optional modules/options for current students

Europe: Politics and Ideas; Politics of the UK; Spain and the Philippines at Empire’s End; International Security; African Politics in Comparative Politics; The Politics of EU Policy Making; Britain and the War on Terror; Latin America: Democratization and Development; Deviance: Criminality in Spanish Film; East Asian Transformations; US Foreign Policy.


You can read full descriptions of Hispanic Studies modules on the Modern Languages website.

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
M166

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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