The topics you will cover in your first year are:
UK Politics –You will study features of democracy and participation, functions and features of political parties, electoral systems in UK, voting behaviour and the role of media.
UK Government – You will study the workings of Parliament, the constitution, Prime Minister and executive as well as relationship between branches.
Core & Non-Core Political Ideas – You will study the key political ideologies of Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism & Feminism.
The topics you will cover in your second year are:
Comparative Politics – Global Politics – You will study and explore some of the topical global issues such as globalisation and its economic, political and cultural impacts. The course will also cover the main theories of International Relations such as Realism and Liberalism. The course will also explore the role and significance of international organisations such as UN, IMF, World Bank, G8/20 and non-state actors. You will also explore the causes and consequences of climate change & environmental issues.
We arrange various enrichment activities every year such as day trips to Parliament and the Supreme Court. In addition, we organise regular residential visits to Berlin and New York. Our Politics department also runs a Debate Club on a weekly basis and we have participated in regional debating competitions. We also have visits from external speakers such as local MPs Vincent Cable and Zac Goldsmith.