By choosing one of our Politics programmes, students develop an understanding of the local, national, international, and global dimensions of politics.
Our programmes look at a range of important areas. These include:
- Political systems in the UK, Europe, and across the globe;
- Contemporary political philosophy (encompassing questions such as ‘what is justice?’, ‘is capitalism the best form of economic system’; ‘is there a convincing alternative to democracy?’);
- Political leadership (‘what makes an effective political leader?’);
- Contemporary social issues, from the environment to minority rights.
Our lecturers are nationally and internationally recognised leading researchers in these fields.
As well as benefiting from traditional teaching methods such as lectures and tutorials, our students also have an opportunity to go on field trips to places such as the House of Commons, the European Union institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, and the international courts at The Hague. Moreover, our students can study for a year in the Czech Republic (Prague), France, Germany, Italy or Spain as part of the Erasmus programme.
Students gain direct experience of the political arena with our Making Politics Matter initiative, which has included debates on immigration, Britain and the EU, international human rights, human trafficking, fair trade, student fees, the politics of the environment, and the global financial crisis.
This initiative has attracted a range of senior national and international politicians as speakers, is student-based, and provides a great opportunity for enhancing employability.