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 conflicts between different interest groups and states are 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.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
In your first year you will be introduced to key ideas and thinkers, and will gain the analytical skills and knowledge required to undertake a degree in Politics. Core themes include the emergence and transformation of the nation state, what constitutes good and bad government, and how we might best organise politically to achieve greater democracy. You will explore and debate important ideas like freedom, rights, equality and justice, in comparative and international settings. In addition you can study modules exploring international development, globalisation, environmental politics, immigration and the history of political change.
Years 2 and 3 (Credit Levels 5 and 6)
Building on your first year, you will go on to study both political theory and practice-based politics in British, European, American, and other international settings such as China and India. You will develop the research and transferable skills required to conduct your own inquiry in an area that interests you. You can choose from a number of optional topics including political gaming, Middle Eastern political thought, media freedom and citizenship. In your second year, through our internship programme, you will also be able to gain a placement with a Member of Parliament, or in a think tank, public policy institution or NGO. You may also wish to study abroad with one of our partner universities including those in Australia, France and the United States.
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