This degree gives you the opportunity to consider how power is allocated, who takes part in collective decision-making at multiple levels, the meaning and experiences of justice, conflict, (in)equality and citizenship, and consider these in the context of the most pressing contemporary global issues.
At the same time, whether talking about the UK’s negotiation to leave the EU, the conflict in Syria, North Korean nuclear testing, the global response to climate change, or NHS funding, politics exists in a hyper-mediated environment, which raises challenges and opportunities for citizens, commentators, politicians and political organisations.
Combining insights from economics, psychology, history and philosophy, you will evaluate the interplay between citizens, media, politicians, political organisations and political systems. This degree also examines the opportunities and challenges that come with doing politics in a hyper-mediated environment.
The first, foundational year will give you a grounding in the theories and practices related to political philosophy, sociology and international relations. In the second year, you’ll encounter political journalism, digital communications, marketing and campaigning, and advocacy. You will also have the opportunity in your second and final year to tailor the course by selecting options that help bring your studies in line with your passions, interests and ultimately your career aspirations.
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
English language 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.
Critical Debates in Contemporary Politics: This unit considers current debates in politics and helps situate these issues in historical, social, and cultural contexts
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.
Researching Politics: This unit will introduce you to a variety of research methods that you are likely to use throughout the course, such as secondary research, interviews, focus groups, content analysis and discourse analysis. It will also offer transferrable skills for your future employability.
Public Opinion & Persuasion: The aim of this unit is to provide you with an introduction to the theories of persuasion in contemporary society and the concepts publics and public opinion, as well as to help locate these theories in the broader academic context of critical and social theory.
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.
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, especially in relation to a focus on politics and media.
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.
Civil Society & Social Movements: This unit will assess and evaluate the phenomenon of civil society, through an examination of the various organisations, associations, approaches and activities involved.
Political Marketing & Campaigning: You will be equipped to debate how marketing theory can explain processes of policy development, campaign design and execution, integrated marketing communication and governance and the impact this has on citizens.
Option units (choose one)
Global Current Affairs: You will engage with current debates in international and multimedia journalism, and be introduced to major global developments and their impact on news reporting. The aim is to develop your judgment and ability to link developments from different localities, periods and spheres of human activity, while dealing with issues of, and challenges to, professional practice.
The Cold War 1945 - 1991: You will examine key events such as the Berlin blockade, the Korean War, the Hungarian uprising of 1956, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the fall of the Soviet Union, as well as the ideological struggle behind the Eastern and Western blocs.
Migration Histories 1800 - 1989: You will explore histories of migration and will examine different historical and geographical examples such as the Swedish, German, Italian and Eastern European emigration from Europe to North America in the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Caribbean and Asian immigration to Britain in the post-war period, and East-West migration in the Cold War.
Strikes, Riots & Blackouts - Britain in the 1970s: You will explore the intense political and ideological social divisions of the time, often expressed in cultural forms including Punk and alternative and community media.
Women & Equal Rights 1850 - 2000: This unit traces the campaigns and changes in British society that led to women being granted equal rights. It explores the background to significant events such as the 1866 suffrage petition, the 1919 Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act and 1970 Equal Pay legislation as well as evaluating the part played by key individuals for example Millicent Fawcett, Viscountess Rhondda and Barbara Castle.
Youth Culture & Politics 1945 - present: You will be introduced to the dynamics of youth-led and youth-majority political movements, exploring how campaigns can travel and spread across cities and nations
Globalisation & Marginalisation: You’ll explore how a series of global processes, institutions, and flows (of people, capital and commodities, for example) generate complex forms of inequality and marginalisation in the contemporary world, as well as some of the ways in which these developments are challenged and opposed.
Trafficking, Migration & Criminality: You will consider the relationship between trafficking, migration and criminality. The unit looks at different forms of trafficking (including human trafficking, the drug trade, the global sex industry, organ trafficking and the smuggling of commodities) across a number of countries in Europe, North Africa, South East Asia and the United States and considers the trafficking industry in relation to South to North migration flows.
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.
92% of our students who study Social Studies courses are working or studying 6 months after graduating.
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