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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3290

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 9750

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About Politics at Brunel University London

Politics is a broad-based degree which provides a good foundation in the various aspects of the study of politics. It offers a grounding in the different approaches and theories, as well as a range of options that focus on European, American, and international politics and political change.Entry RequirementsUCAS 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, Public Services 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 AimsStudying Politics enables students to address critical political questions, such as 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? Single honours Politics is a broad-based degree which provides a good foundation in the various aspects of the study of politics. It offers a grounding in the different approaches to, and theories of, politics, as well as a range of options that focus on European, American, and international politics and political change.Course ContentPolitics is a broadbased degree which provides a good foundation in the various aspects of the study of politics. It offers a grounding in the different approaches to, and theories of, politics, as well as a range of options that focus on European, American, and international politics and political change. 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 ModulesLevel 1 CorePolitical Science Methods Central Themes In Political Thought Modern British Politics Introduction to World Politics Introduction to American Politics PLUS EITHER Europe since 1870 OR Britain 1832-1945 Level 2 CoreComparative Politics Issues in American Politics Level 2 OptionsTypical optional modules to select from: Democracy and Democratisation Revolutionary Russia 1894-1940 India and the World Total War in the Modern Era US Foreign Policy International Relations The Holocaust Level 3 Core12,000 Dissertation Politics and Policy of the EU Level 3 OptionsTypical modules to choose from include@ Asia-Pacific International Relations: Modern East-West Encounters Globalisation and Governance Empire, Imperialism and Hegemony Gender and Sexuality in Modern America Media, Power and Politics in America Marx and Marxism PP3451 Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia Parties and Voters in the UK Fascism Arab-Israeli Conflict First World War Women and War Final year dissertationStudents 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 LearningThe influence of scholarship and experienceStudents benefit directly, of course, from the expertise and experience of their teachers. All our courses are informed by the research of lecturers who write important books, publish well-regarded scholarly articles, present papers at other universities and appear in the media, at home and abroad. Research has led to major television and radio programmes and several staff are or have been consultants to Government departments as well as to major national newspapers. As well as 250 undergraduates, we have over 40 postgraduate taught and research students.Student supportAs 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.Study abroadWe offer the opportunity to study for an academic year at the State University of New York at Brockport. 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 of your life 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 ensure 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 but 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 observing politics in action and the personal experience of other political systems and ideas. You will visit important political sites in the UK (the University is a short distance from parliament), and depending on the options you select, may visit overseas.AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third - Level 3 is worth 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.CareersWhat our Graduates BecomeStudying politics will equip you with a range of transferable skills that will enable you to follow the career you want after graduation. Our students pursue a wide variety of jobs after graduating. Some Brunel graduates such as John McDonnell MP, or former Labour party general secretary, Baroness McDonagh, 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.Facts and FiguresThe School of Social SciencesProgrammes 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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 9750
  • The awardBScHow you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 9750

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