Coventry University - Politics BA

Coventry University

Politics BA

Interested in how countries are governed and decisions made? A degree in Politics can help you to refine your power of judgment and your critical thinking.

  • Politics is a broad discipline, concerned with governance, power, authority, citizenship and conflict resolution. Throughout your degree, the course covers political concepts around these issues and more, comparing your own government, its policies and decisions, with those of others around the world.
  • Politics should appeal to you if you have an interest in power, government, policy making, social movements or debating ideas. It also concerns wars and conflict resolution, the impact of globalisation and world events. The course includes a range of modules on British, American, European, African and Middle Eastern politics.
  • There are opportunities and modules throughout the course dedicated to developing your professional career*. Being able to practically apply what you have learnt is a vital aspect of the course, so there are opportunities to develop your skills needed for employment.

Entry Requirements

A level  - BBC

GCSE   -   Minimum 5 GCSE's graded 9-4 / A* - C including English

BTEC   -   DMM

IB Diploma -    29 point

IELTS: 6.0 overall. If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Career Prospects

The course can enable you to choose from a variety of different career pathways that meet your particular interests. You will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas study trip, or a full year abroad*.

The course has current links with a variety of institutions such as the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in Berlin, Science Po in Bordeaux, the University of Heidelberg in Germany and the University of Lund in Sweden where you can enrich your student experience.

If you do not speak a foreign language, we can arrange a study year at an institution where courses are taught in English. In the past, students on the course have spent time at the anti-mafia organisations Addio Pizzo and Libera in Sicily.

Some of our previous students have secured graduate-level jobs in the Civil Service, international organisations, local government, the media, private sector companies, the culture industry, further and higher education teaching and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Course Details

Our course covers the history of modern political thought, comparative government and mass politics in modern Britain. You can also choose to study specialist areas like gender politics, international relations, comparative or country-specific politics in the Middle East, Africa, USA or Europe.

The course offers the following benefits:

  • Academic staff who are actively engaged in high-quality research that informs their teaching.
  • Events and conferences featuring national and international politicians and dignitaries (subject to availability and additional costs).
  • An exciting and modern course that examines the key political issues of the modern world.
  • Multidisciplinary teaching with experts from national and international politics, history, global security and social theory.
  • An intellectually challenging course that encourages you to sharpen your analytical skills and engage with issues of vital concern for today’s world.
  • You will have an opportunity to focus on specific themes such as North American, European and African politics, social movements or global security as you progress through your course.

Year 1

Applied Politics – Politics in Action
Introduction to Political Ideas
World Politics since 1945
From Empire to Welfare: Britain 1900-1951
Social Issues and Social Policy

Year 2

The Contemporary Far Right in Western Europe
Comparative Politics and Governance
History of Modern Political Thought
Contemporary British Government
A Graduate Career
Contemporary Global Security
The Making of the United States
Sex, Sexuality, Power and Oppression

Year 3

Nationalism and Democratisation in Post-Communist Europe
Political Ideologies in the Twentieth Century
Dissertation in History, International Relations and Politics
Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
United States Foreign Policy
The Far Right in Britain and France
US Government and Politics
Chinese Politics, Foreign Relations and Security
Study Trip

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