Politics BA Honours
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Typical offer for September 2016
|International Baccalaureate||30 points|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at at least grade C.|
A degree in Politics at the University of Westminster equips you with an understanding of the relationship between government and society in regions all over the world, from Europe, the Middle East and Asia to North and South America. You will examine the interplay of domestic and international politics in these regions, in contexts ranging from public institutions to the nation state.
Studying for a Politics degree will help you to answer important questions about how conﬂict between different interest groups and states is resolved; how resources and power are distributed in society; how decisions are made; and why political systems develop in the ways that they do. You will study concepts, values and institutions, and explore the relationship between political theory and practice. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.
Our course is informed by research undertaken by the academic staff in the Department of Politics and International Relations, including the internationally renowned Centre for the Study of Democracy. We take full advantage of our location in the heart of London, using our links with the Houses of Parliament and other centres of power. Our graduates go on to work in political organisations, research institutions, policymaking, the media and civil society.
Our teaching programme is structured to support students' transition to higher education and progression through each academic year. The first-year programme provides an introduction to key concepts and structures of government and how these impact on political behaviour and decision-making. It also embeds the study of politics in a wider context by providing a grounding in international relations and development studies. In the second year you will deepen your understanding of theoretical approaches, and your critical awareness of conflicting narratives of the state and of governance, particularly since the Cold War, in relation to society and to the international community. In the final year you can tailor your degree to a more 'academic' pathway or a more 'professional' pathway, completing either a traditional academic dissertation or a professionally-oriented research report.
The core of the theory aspect of the programme is a study of equality, justice and citizenship, supplemented by options on radical democracy and advanced readings in political theory.
Teaching and learning includes small group work, problem-based tutorials, review sessions, workshops, symposia, debates, Q&A sessions, document analysis sessions, and structured role-plays.
A wide range of assessments includes essays, exams, policy reports, project work, individual and group presentations, blogs, posters, and debates.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
Subjects of study include:
- British Politics
- Democracy in Crisis
- Dilemmas of International Development
- Global Governance and the State
- Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics
- Political Ideas in Action
- The Global Politics of Migration
Years 2 (Credit Levels 5)
Subjects of study include:
- Asia, Africa and Latin America; Dynamism and Change in the Global South
- Democratic Innovations
- Doing Political Research: Project Management in the Social Sciences
- Environmental Politics
- Governance in Europe: Comparative and Multilevel Perspectives
- Middle East Politics
- Politics and Society in 21st Century America
- Power and the State
- Questioning Rights
- Short Burst of Learning in an International Environment
- The European Union as a Regional Power
- The Politics of Killing
- Theorising Politics and International Relations
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
Subjects of study include:
- Advanced Readings in Contemporary Political Theory
- American Power in a Multipolar World
- Digital Politics
- Dissertation or Professional Report
- Equality, Justice and Citizenship
- Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in a Changing World
- Gender and Politics
- Humanitarian Intervention
- Policy and Practice
- Political Psychology
- Radical Democracy
- Security and the Surveillance State
- Social and Political Movements in a Globalising World
As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable. Find out about Westminster electives.
Dr Magdalena Frennhoff-Larsen, Course leader
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