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.
Outside the classroom you can expand this acquired knowledge through study abroad opportunities and a range of internationally focused activities on and off campus, such as conferences and speaker seminars as well as fieldtrips to locations such as Westminster and Brussels, and local government and charities. You are also encouraged to engage in current research, working alongside staff as student research assistants which can lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals.
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Next start date:
September 2019, September 2020
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years (with a 4-week placement) or 4 years (including a 30-week placement), full-time
For 2019 entry: 104-120 tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.