We advocate an enquiry-based approach to learning, which means that we encourage you to become an independent and self-motivated learner. Through the Political Science and International Relations programme, we will develop the qualities that employers value in today's university graduates - qualities that will set you apart in your future career.
To help you develop the above-mentioned skills, we adopt a range of teaching methods. They may include:
- Lectures - listening to experts sharing their knowledge and discoveries in challenging and provocative ways. Students on the Political Science and International Relations programme are expected to 'read-around' the subject matter of their lectures, adding to their understanding and developing their critical faculties and analytical skills.
- Seminars - where you present and discuss your ideas and knowledge in smaller groups and debate interpretations and opinions with other students.
- Tutorials - are your opportunity to discuss your work with your tutor, usually in small groups.
- Workshops - are problem-solving sessions facilitated by a member of academic staff; these sessions usually involve students working in groups.
Our lecturers and tutors will ensure you have all the resources you need to make the transition from A levels to the more rigorous demands of a Political Science and International Relations degree.
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For all undergraduate modules students attend lectures and seminars regularly throughout the term. Contact hours vary dependent on module choice. As well as time with your lecturers and personal tutor, academic and professional services staff (like our dedicated Careers Network team) will be available to offer individual and group support throughout your time here at Birmingham.
From the outset, you will be assigned your own Personal Tutor who will get to know you as you progress through your studies, providing academic and welfare advice, encouraging you and offering assistance in any areas you may feel you need extra support to make the most of your potential and your time here at Birmingham.
Seminars and tutorials
Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate lecture material, as well as test your understanding through problem-solving exercises.
Self-study is an essential part of the Political Science and International Relations programme and requires self-motivation and enthusiasm for your subject. It also allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.
Lecturers and world leading researchers
Throughout the course you will be taught by lecturers who have worked in the field of political science and international relations as well as world-leading researchers. You can learn more about the School by visiting theSchool of Government and Society staff pages.
The Political Science and International Relations degree is taught by our internationally renowned Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) which is located in Muirhead Tower on own main Edgbaston campus.
Departments from across the School of Government and Society are all based within Muirhead Tower. The space has been designed to create modern, attractive spaces for teaching and research accommodating 150 academic offices, 230 "hubs" for post graduate research students, teaching rooms for up to 100 people and a 200 seat lecture theatre.
Your lectures and teaching will take place in a variety of versatile lecture theatres and breakout rooms. Our rooms are all equipped with wireless connection and constantly updated technology including all the audio-visual equipment that you would expect from one of the UK's premier institutions.
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