Politics BA (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus
A degree in Politics will provide students with a firm foundation for studying political ideas, political institutions and systems of government and the ways in which societies and institutions interact in seeking solutions to key political and social issues at local, national and international level.
The degree has a strong European and international focus to enable students to explore, for example, the nature of political power in the twenty-first century, democracy and democratisation, political participation, the development of public policy, dimensions of political conflict, international relations and the impact of globalisation.
In years 2 and 3 students will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist option modules to help them develop their own interests and in the final year students will undertake their own research through the completion of a dissertation.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
Your knowledge and understanding of the subject is acquired from lectures, seminars and subject-specific small group sessions delivered by experts in the field.
There are opportunities for accredited placements and non-accredited volunteering which will enhance your employability. Practical experience in the real world will also enhance your understanding of issues raised in the classroom.
In years 2 and 3 students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist option modules to help them develop their own interests and in the final year you will undertake your own dissertation research.
You will be assessed by a range of assignments including written essays, seminar logs, workbooks, presentations, examinations and case studies.
Politics provides graduates with a firm foundation for studying political ideas, political institutions and systems of government and the ways in which societies and institutions interact in seeking solutions to key political and social issues at local, national and international level.They demonstrate a repertoire of competencies and skills as articulate individuals who have been encouraged to consider, summarise and present difficult issues in a rigorous fashion.
Graduates apply their knowledge and skills to a wide range of jobs including managerial and professional posts in the public and not-for-profit sectors, such as local and central government, the police, the probation service, the prisons system, community safety, health agencies, the civil service and various research posts. Others move into careers in business including management training in the retail sector, media, marketing, information technology and advertising.
Some of our graduates take an additional qualification to enter the teaching, social work and legal professions. For others, academic study at postgraduate level is a popular choice and a number of these students continue on to successful study at doctoral level.
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