Modules in the first year
You are provided with the basic knowledge and skills to study politics. You also have the opportunity to take other introductory social science courses.
- Problems of Philosophy A and B
- Understanding Politics
- Introduction to Political Theory
- Philosopher's Toolkit
- Pathways to Political Research 1 and 2
- Moral and Political Philosophy
- Reasons to Believe
Modules in the second year
You have the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge in areas that you find of greatest interest, such as political theory and analysis, European integration, British politics, American politics, comparative European politics, and political economy.
- Analysing Political Worlds or
- Britain in Europe and the World
- In addition you will choose optional modules from Philosophy or Politics.
In your third year you will register for the equivalent of 120 credits at the host institution. You will have to undertake and pass the assessment for 60 credits of the modules for which you are registered at the host institution. A Pass is required for progression to the 4th year of the programme. These credits will not contribute to the overall degree classification.
- POLSIS year abroad
- Year Abroad Assessment Module
Modules in the final year
In addition to choosing modules from a wide range of options, students undertake an independent research project on a topic of their own choosing.
If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.
You will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will be guided and supported by a supervisor who is an expert in your area of interest. In addition to writing the dissertation you will be able to choose optional modules from across departments.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2021. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.