This degree will introduce you to the major historical and contemporary figures, institutions, events and processes behind national and international politics. You will also learn to analyse these processes using the theories and concepts that form the basis of these academic subjects, engaging with the latest research in these areas. While you will also learn about regional and national politics, in choosing to combine Politics with International Relations you will take a largely global perspective.
Some of the topics you will investigate include:
- Democracy and authoritarianism
- Political parties
- Political economy
- International security
- International organisation and the future of global cooperation
- How states interact with each other, and the changing role of the state
- How states respond to collective dilemmas such as inequality, global health and threats to national security
You will learn to explain the historical drivers of social change and analyse the current political landscape. You will be prepared to understand and respond to the challenges which will shape our political future.
There are many ways you can explore this subject beyond the classroom. You have the opportunity to:
- Take part in local, national and international field trips
- Undertake a work experience project
- Study abroad in your second year
- Hear from visiting speakers with many different specialist areas of expertise.
- Attend conferences, seminars, workshops and events
This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.