International Politics BSc
This degree focuses on politics in an international context. As well as providing a foundation in the approaches to, and theories of, politics and international relations, the programme will develop your understanding of the importance of politics in a globalising and integrating world. Entry Requirements UCAS Tariff - 300 points, from: GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted. Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects. Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher. Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Creative and Media, Society, Health and Development or Business, Administration and Finance, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning. BTEC ND DDM in a related subject. IB Diploma 31 points. Access Pass, including at least 50% of units with Merit or Distinction. For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths. Course Aims This degree focuses on politics in an international context. As well as providing a foundation in the approaches to, and theories of, politics and international relations, the programme will develop your understanding of the importance of politics in a globalising and integrating world. Course Content This degree is designed to enable you to study international affairs in their political and historical contexts. As well as providing a foundation in the approaches to, and theories of, politics and international relations, the programme will develop your understanding of the importance of politics and contemporary history in a globalising and integrating world. You take a number of prescribed 'core' modules combined with a number of optional modules at Levels 2 and 3. At Level 3, you will also have the opportunity to pursue your particular interests in researching and writing your major project. Typical Modules Level 1 Core Political Science Methods Central Themes in Political Thought Introduction to American Politics Introduction to World Politics Europe since 1870 World History Level 2 Core International Relations Comparative Politics Total War in the Modern Era US Foreign Policy Level 2 Options Typical modules to select from: International Human Rights India and the World Revolutionary Russia 1894-1940 Issues in American Politics Democracy and Democratisation The Holocaust Level 3 Core 12,000-word Dissertation Globalisation and Governance Politics and Policy of the EU Level 3 Typical modules to select from: Asia-Pacific International Relations: Modern East-West Encounters Empire, Imperialism and Hegemony Black American Globalisation Marx and Marxism Media, Power and Politics in America Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia Parties and Voters in the UK Fascism The Second World War Arab-Israeli Conflict First World War Women and War Dissertation Students produce a 12,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice. This major piece of work, undertaken with the support and supervision of a dissertation tutor, will give you a valuable opportunity to demonstrate research and writing skills. It is written on a subject relevant to your particular course of study and may well relate to your future career plans. Teaching and Learning Experts in their field As well as offering students some of the best teaching in our subject areas, we are committed to helping you progress confidently through the levels of your degree programme. To achieve this, we devote as much care to your initiation into higher education, both by entry-level courses and study skills teaching, as to the completion of your learning at Level 3. By your final year, therefore, you will be in a position to benefit from the specialist research-led courses and will be prepared for the research and writing involved in your dissertation. Student support As well as offering students some of the best teaching in our subject areas, we are committed to helping you progress confidently through the levels of your degree programme. To achieve this, we devote as much care to your initiation into higher education, both by entry-level courses and study skills teaching, as to the completion of your learning at Level 3. By your final year, therefore, you will be in a position to benefit from the specialist research-led courses and will be prepared for the research and writing involved in your dissertation. Overseas exchanges Students are encouraged to use the University's exchange scheme with the State University of New York at Brockport (which includes the opportunity to do a work placement in Washington or Albany). We also run student exchange schemes in the Socrates Programme with the universities of Rennes in France, Stuttgart and Magdeburg in Germany, the University of Cyprus and Helsinki in Finland. How will I be taught? Modules are generally taught by a mixture of lectures and seminars. Depending on its credit-rating, you can expect to have one or two hours of lectures per week for each module and a one-hour seminar each week or fortnight. The bulk of every student's work, however, will undoubtedly consist of private study. On average this should absorb approximately 25-30 hours each week. Lectures - These provide a broad overview of key themes and ideas relating to your course and provide you with a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study. Seminars - These relatively small groups are used for subjects where the lecture material is examined in more detail, and theoretical concepts are analysed and applied in specific contexts. Seminars provide students with an opportunity for discussion, argument and the development of presentational skills. One-to-one - You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it. Private study - Real learning requires active involvement by you. Lecturers and seminar leaders can provide guidance and help, you must develop the ability to organise your studies. During your first months at Brunel, you are given help and advice designed to encourage you to become an 'independent learner', capable of managing your work effectively. External visits - Wherever possible we aim to introduce students to the benefits which stem from the empirical observation of politics and the personal experience of other political systems and ideas. You will visit important political sites in the UK (the University is, after all, a short journey from parliament), and depending on the options you select, may visit overseas. Assessment Level 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third - Level 3 two-thirds. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks. Exact assessment patterns vary, but most are based on a combination of coursework and formal written exams. Typically, coursework marks constitute 25-50% of overall module grades. Careers Studying politics will equip you with a range of transferable skills that will enable you to follow the career you want after graduation. A major attraction of our courses is the wide variety of career opportunities to which they can lead. Our students pursue a wide variety of jobs after graduating. Some, like Margaret McDonagh or John McDonnell MP, opt for careers in politics. Others have joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Home Office, GCHQ and military intelligence. Many have gone on to work in public and private sector organisations, such as Chase Manhattan, Marks & Spencer, British Airways, Coca Cola, Schweppes, HSBC and NHS Confederation. Significant numbers have taken further training to pursue careers in broadcasting, journalism, law, and teaching at every level. Our graduates Past students have gone on to further training in law, accountancy, personnel management and other graduate degrees. They have joined the Civil Service (fast stream), BBC Radio and Granada Television, have gone into publishing and journalism, have entered major financial and accountancy firms (such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Lloyds Bowmaker Finance Group) or the fields of management and marketing (with firms such as Ford, Metal Box and Rank Xerox), and have also pursued careers in local government. Facts and Figures Programmes in Politics will help you to address critical questions. Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified? Our courses are designed and taught by experts in the fields of politics, international relations and contemporary history who have been nationally and internationally recognised for the excellence of their research.
BSc, BSc Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

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