This course will explore the political and economic consequences of contemporary global issues such as Brexit and the rise of nationalism and protectionism, as evidenced by the election of Donald Trump, the rise of Marine Le Pen and the German AFD party. We discuss some of the biggest issues facing the world today including pollution and climate change, health and healthcare, unemployment, inequality, and global poverty.
Through these discussions you’ll develop an understanding of the significance of global politics and the factors that influence income, wealth and wellbeing.
You will also explore the social, historical and cultural contexts and the role of the media in contemporary politics and economics. Whether parliamentary decisions or street protests, information travels worldwide almost instantaneously and therefore we must consider the role that the media plays, including to reinforce and challenge who gets what, how, why, and where.
Outside of lectures you will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of extra-curricular activities run by the Centre for Politics & Media including conferences and speaker seminars as well as field trips to locations such as Westminster and Brussels, and local government and charities. You are also encouraged to engage in current research, working alongside staff as student research assistants which can lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals and add an extra dimension to your studies.
You will also complete a work placement, which will help to build your professional contacts and gain invaluable experience that can serve as a platform for entry into a wide variety of careers. You may also wish to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner institutions.
The entry requirements for this course are 104 - 120 UCAS tariff points including a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.
Numeracy and Literacy requirement: GCSE English and Mathematics grade 4 (or grade C in the old grading system). We also accept iGCSEs, Key Skills and Functional Skills and other qualifications at Level 2 of the National Qualifications Framework.
A-level and AS levels: 104 – 120 UCAS tariff points from a minimum of two A-levels.
Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate – Skills Challenge Certificate: We accept this qualification, but it must be accompanied by an A-level sized qualification to meet the overall UCAS tariff.
Access to HE Diploma: 102 – 118 UCAS tariff points with any combination of Distinction, Merit, Pass grades.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.
On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.
History of Political Thought: You’ll be introduced to classical texts and ideas in political theory – from Plato to Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx and Rawls. This unit will relate historical debates and disputed meanings to contemporary political realities.
Economics for Accounting & Finance: You´ll develop an understanding of the operation of markets, including the interaction between related markets along with an understanding of the impact of economic policies on business and society in the context of a global economy.
Political Sociology: You will explore how social factors shape, enable and change power structures and political processes. The unit examines social attributes such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, and sexuality and how they influence political engagement and behaviour and the distribution of political power.
Global Governance & International Relations: You will develop an understanding of the historical and political context in which different countries are operating and the ideologies which shape a nation’s political culture and institutions.
Basic Statistical Techniques: By the end of this unit you´ll be able to calculate a range of basic statistical techniques and interpret the results and perform various significance tests.
Political Economy: This unit explores the relationship between politics and economics and debates about how politics, government and power influence how wealth is generated and distributed.
Political Psychology: This unit will provide a broad grounding in political psychology, and aims to establish psychological perspectives as an intrinsic element in the systematic study of politics, including exploring leaders and leadership, democracy, conflict, and inequality.
Microeconomics I: The unit aims to develop your understanding of Microeconomic theory and the economic behaviour at the level of the individual – person, household, company or industry. This unit will help you to apply Microeconomic principles in the analysis of contemporary issues and problems.
Macroeconomics I: The unit helps you understand the broader economic environment and the problems facing economies as a whole like inflation and economic growth. Understanding of Macroeconomic theory allows you to apply these principles in the analysis of contemporary issues and problems.
Civil Society & Social Movements: The unit provides a more political understanding of engagement in civil society by examining social movements in relation to society and its development. Students will explore the evolution of collective action and the relationship between social movement dynamics and political change in the context of modernisation, globalisation and changes in socio-economic dynamics.
Option units (choose one economics unit and one politics unit)
Economics option units
Industry, Region & Environment: The focus of this unit is on three inter-related specialist areas of economics: industrial organisation, regional development and the environment.
Econometric Techniques: This unit will extend your knowledge of the fundamental statistical processes, techniques and ideas used in the analysis and interpretation of economic data.
Politics option units
Political Journalism: You will analyse the news media’s role in civic education, democratic accountability, and political engagement, as well as the extent to which news media fulfil these normative roles. You will also have the opportunity to develop core journalistic skills.
Digital Politics: This unit will enable you to understand the impact of emerging digital technologies, to assess, apply and evaluate the role of digital communications in the promotional and media communications industries. The unit will equip you with practical skills in designing, implementing and evaluating digital communications strategies and campaigns.
International Relations, State Power & Public Diplomacy
Academic dissertation or consultancy dissertation
The world of politics is constantly evolving and in today´s hyper-mediated environment, there is an even greater need for people who understand the role the media plays within politics. This course will prepare you for working in various roles within this fascinating area, including in local and national government, non-government organisations, think-tanks, lobbying groups and emerging political industries such as soft diplomacy and nation branding.
92% of our students who study Social Science courses are working or studying 6 months after graduating.
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