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BSc (Hons) Politics

Looking for a thought-provoking degree which has practical application in the real world?

Our BSc (Hons) in Politics is ideal for those who want to approach politics from multiple perspectives and develop their academic skills as well as their employability. This degree will also allow you to study the complex-but-fascinating world of politics, while develop knowledge in British Politics, International Relations, as well as current issues in environmentalism and nationalism.

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Student view

Elizabeth Treble
Politics Student
I had never read politics before as a discipline, I really enjoyed my first semester, it was a clear and accurate module which not only did I enjoy but also found the course very informative and interesting.

Course content

This three-year course (full-time) is structured around four thematic strands of study: British Politics, International Politics, Defence and Security, Political Thought and Practice. You will receive a solid grounding in the theoretical approaches and research methods in Politics, and will have the opportunity to complete an individual research project under the personal supervision of experienced researchers. This modular structure offers sufficient flexibility to allow students to take additional vocational modules, such as the work placement, and to spend a semester or two at one of our partner universities abroad.

Study Politics both from a policy-oriented and an academic perspective in order to gain a full understanding of the real world of politics and to prepare yourself for a wide range of challenging career opportunities. This degree allows you to study politics at the national, international, transnational and global levels, as well as to confront and question current political and security challenges such as nationalism, multiculturalism, terrorism, asymmetrical warfare and environmentalism.

The course is supported by an approachable and dedicated staff team with strong teaching skills and international research exposure. In addition to the rich array of Politics modules, students are supported with specialist research training, and are allocated academic advisors who will assist them throughout their 3 years of full-time study. National and International guest speakers provide a fascinating addition that brings the world of politics directly into the campus lecture room. Study visits to political organisations add a further opportunity for learning, and the academic exchange programmes with such partner universities as the University of Leuven in Belgium or the University of Cadiz in Spain allow students to broaden their intellectual horizon and to immerse themselves in a different culture.

The course is enriched by visiting guest speakers working in think tanks, international and non-governmental organisations, and the media. It is also supported by study visits to leading international and European institutions, such as the United Nations in Geneva, and the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Brussels. It is this combination of a solid grounding in Politics with policy-oriented experiences that makes this degree particularly strong.

Modules

Year one module information​:

  • Contemporary Europe
  • Africa and the African Diaspora in the Making of the Modern World
  • Imagined Communities: Regionalism in Modern Europe
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Introduction to British Politics
  • International Relations
  • Introduction to the USA
  • Thatcherism and After
  • Russia and the Fate of Eastern Europe

Year 2 module information:

  • Fascist Ideology in Western Europe, 1870-1945
  • Colonialism and Anti-Colonialism in Africa
  • The African Diaspora in Modern Britain
  • Research in Politics
  • Contemporary Security Studies: Terrorism and Counter-terrorism
  • Political Ideology
  • International and Regional Organisations
  • Study Visits (follows up on above module)
  • Middle East
  • Intelligence in a Globalised World
  • Foreign Policies of Major Powers

Year 3 Module information

  • Dissertation
  • War, Memory and Political Culture
  • Pan-Africanism
  • A Global History of the Cold War
  • Nationalism and National Populism in Contemporary Politics
  • Politics in East Asia
  • British Foreign and Security Policy
  • The New Scramble in Africa
  • International Political Economy International Law

Our facilities

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Bishop Otter campus – where you will be based

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.

Our Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. It also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Bognor Regis campus

At Bognor Regis campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support. Just like Bishop Otter campus, we offer thousands of collections of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

Our brand new, award-winning Learning Resource Centre is at the heart of the campus. It hosts a modern library service with areas for quiet and silent study on both floors.  Also situated in the LRC is the Support and Information Zone, Costa Coffee and over 80 open access work stations.  An equipment loans centre offers laptops, tablets and other electronic devices for short and long term loans.

Where this can take you

This degree’s specialist focus on Politics, both from a real world and an academic perspective, is particularly useful for careers in the Civil Service, International Organisations, Non-Governmental Organisations, Defence and Security, Public Administration, Law and Business, as well as for postgraduate research.

Work placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging jobs market. As such, we offer an extensive range of study abroad opportunities. You will have the chance to take one semester of your Politics programme outside of the UK. Our long-term associations with university partners in Europe, the USA, and Canada mean that we’re well placed to offer you a further international dimension to your undergraduate experience.

Teaching and assessment

At our University, you will find a friendly atmosphere and an encouraging team of staff which will work hard to support you throughout your learning. During your time with us, you will be challenged to develop your intellectual and practical skills and guided by a team of experienced and well-qualified teaching staff.

All of our tutors have recognised national and international research expertise and a passion for their respective subject areas, which means you will be studying at the cutting edge of the most recent developments in knowledge. Students can also gain credits from attending seminars and lectures from guest speakers including nationally-recognized journalists, policy makers, politicians and international academics.

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Codes

UCAS code: 
L200
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time