BA Politics General Description If you have an interest in politics and want to study it in all its different dimensions, the BA in Politics could be the degree for you. In the first year you will be introduced to the core of the discipline and this will enable you to choose second and third year modules on the basis of your developing interests and career aspirations. As you progress on the course you will build on your knowledge of institutions, theories, British, European and world politics and mould the course to your particular interests by choosing from a range of options. You may have identified a career preference where specialism is advisable, or have developed a fascination for one broad area of study â€“ from British party politics to South-East Asia, from security studies to the US presidential system.
Teaching Usually teaching is by a combination of lectures and tutorials. For lectures you will have the opportunity of studying with all your colleagues; for tutorials you will be divided into small groups to discuss set topics with the tutor in a more informal environment. Many first year modules utilise interactive lectures rather than the lecture/tutorial model. As the modules become more specialised, in the second and third year, the lecture & tutorial model may be substituted by two-hour long seminars. This allows for variety, as well as high levels of student participation. Each tutorial/seminar group has a maximum of 14 students.
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Internship Opportunities You will be eligible to apply for the Westminster Hull Internship Programme. This exciting opportunity, fully integrated into our assessment structure, gives selected students the opportunity to spend one semester of their final year working as an intern for a member of Parliament. There are also other internship opportunities at the The Hansard Society, Hanover Communications (London), The Public Affairs Co (Leeds) and The Royal Armouries (Leeds), and we are continuously expanding our internship opportunities.
Study Abroad Students can apply to study abroad during the first semester of the final year. The period spent abroad replaces that spent in Hull, with credits and marks awarded counting towards the final degree classification. The department and University have exchange agreements with institutions in Europe, the US, Australia and Hong Kong.
Careers This course leads to a variety of careers, such as political consultancy, the media, the civil service, public relations, political parties, parliament, charities, as well as international organisations. Examples of posts held by our graduates include: Senior Assistant, Prime Minister's Political Office, 10 Downing Street; Director of Communications, Financial Times; Member of Parliament; Senior Communications Adviser, International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva; Principal of Kalorama Consulting, Washington DC; Film Director, ITV Tonight programme; and Head of Political Communications, the Labour Party.
Entry criteria We like to take each case on its merits and, and a consequence, our offers may vary according to your specific case. However, our standard UCAS offer for BA Politics is AAB (340 points). If you are studying the International Baccalaureate our standard offer is 34 points with 16 from any three higher level modules. We welcome applications from mature students.
Contacts For further information please use the departmental website www.hull.ac.uk/pas Course Co-ordinator: Professor James Connelly, E J.Connelly@hull.ac.uk
The modules listed here are indicative only. Applicants should check the Department of Politics and International Studies website www.hull.ac.uk/pas under the relevant degree programme for a full list. Year One Human Nature, Society and the State British Political History Since 1945 Plus options from the following: Introduction to European Politics Introduction to Comparative Politics War and Politics Since 1900 Introduction to the Politics of the World Economy Introduction to Globalisation Year Two Paths of Research in Politics British Government Political Thought from Plato to Marx Plus options from the following: The Cold War and After Understanding America Parties and Institutions in Europe International Security and Defence Policy Understanding States and Markets: An Introduction to Political Economy The United Nations and Global Security Sea Power New Media and Politics Comparative European Politics The Global South and Development The Politics of the Environment Electoral and Voting Systems Media Ethics
Year Three Long or Short Dissertation Plus options from the following: Approaches to Presidential Power in the USA Comparative Legislatures EU Politics and Governance EU Politics and Policies New Labour’s Legacy: UK Politics in an Age of Austerity The Reuniﬁed Germany in the New Europe The Contemporary House of Commons Parliament in the UK: Approaches to Reform Parliaments and Citizens China: Once and Future Superpower The International Politics of the Environment Contemporary Political Philosophy Intelligence and National Security Global Communications and International Politics The US in Vietnam Manias, Panics and Crashes International Relations Theory Democratization in Latin America Being Great Critics of Capitalism Labours Thinkers Hate, Violence and Pornography New Media, Old Responsibilities BRICS – Emerging Powers in International Politics The World We’re In: Globalisation and Democratic Governance in Practice
*Please note that there may be some small changes in the list of options oﬀered, according to occasional staﬀ research leave and staﬀ changes. Politics/4.12/Lou/Job no 2700