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Undergraduate study

Politics 2019/20


Our trophy cabinet The awards we’ve won don’t just make us feel proud. They give you an idea of what the University is like.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).

Global Teaching Excellence Award We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award. It recognised the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).

University of the Year The Times Higher Education named us as University of the Year in November 2013. They liked our “bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives.”

Queen’s Anniversary Prize The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is a big thing in UK Higher Education. We were delighted to earn one for our role in expanding global boundaries of new music.

A Four Star University QS Stars has given us four stars. That means we are “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both teaching and research with an excellent environment for students and staff.”

Athena Swan We’re serious about gender equality. We want an equal number of men and women on our science and engineering courses, for instance. Our commitment was recognised in 2015 with the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Find out more about our awards at hud.ac.uk/about/our-awards

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What’s inside Study with us

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Welcome to Politics You have made an excellent choice in considering a Politics course here at the University of Huddersfield. As you read through this brochure, I hope you’ll see why. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching, and are the UK’s only University where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.* You’ll be taught by tutors who are highly committed to their teaching, and care deeply about what you achieve. This is part of the reason our courses scored 100% for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. Our Politics team are experts in their field, who regularly feature as media commentators on political debates and events.

You’ll be supported to develop knowledge and key skills, which will help you to prepare for the diverse range of future careers that our Politics degrees can lead to. Previous Huddersfield Politics graduates have gone on to work in education, the media, business, politics and charities.** Join us and together we will take the first steps in making a real difference to your future career.

Professor Brigid Featherstone Head of Department, Behavioural and Social Sciences

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching. ** Source: LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMs)

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Left, right, centre, we don’t care what your politics are – as long as they’re active. Politics isn’t a spectator sport where you take notes on things happening in Westminster, so our courses encourage you to take part. If you’re passionate about a cause, if you have strong views on how the world could be changed, then this subject could be for you.

Study with us Healthwatch Kirklees is an organisation which investigates healthcare complaints. It was really interesting to work with them in the build up to the 2015 Election, when the NHS was such a big issue. Yusuf Ukadia, Politics BSc(Hons)

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Placements

100% student satisfaction for Politics courses in the National Student Survey 2017.

All courses offer you the opportunity to undertake a work placement.

Study Abroad You could study abroad for a term on most of our courses.*

As the world becomes more globalised, politics is changing. You need to know how decisions are made, and sometimes how compromises are arrived at. Studying Politics could give you a good grounding in the factors that are driving change all around us, and how to make a difference yourself. So we do all we can to get you out of the lecture theatre and into the thick of it.

We encourage you to get involved in campus politics too. From student-led debates through to the active Politics Society, from getting on your soapbox to blogging, you can get involved and get your voice heard. It’ll all help to build those essential skills that employers want, like putting forth a compelling argument, persuading people and getting things done.

There will be opportunities to gain work experience at the front line of politics. Working for an MP perhaps, a non-governmental organisation, a media outlet, or an education facility. If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll soon be living, breathing and acting politics.

They’re skills that employers from a wide range of sectors are looking for. In fact previous students have gone on to work in education, the media, business, politics and charities.**

You’ll be taught by lecturers who are experts in their field and regularly feature as commentators in the media. They know the issues and are passionate about them. You’ll be encouraged to put forward your own views, challenge your peers and lecturers, as well as engage in healthy debates.

You remember how we said it was a globalised world? Well, thanks to our exchange programme you could even study abroad for a term. Politics is a fascinating world, and this could be your passport to get out there.

1. Ballot box Providing you with the ability to gain transferable skills, we give you opportunities to participate and get involved in politics.

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2. Politics Society Gives you the chance to discuss wide ranging political realities with students who hold a variety of differing political ideals, while also enhancing your student experience.

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* Study abroad opportunities are not available for Economics and Politics BSc(Hons). ** Source: LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMs).

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Graduates employed from these subjects

Economics and Politics BSc(Hons)

90%* Key information: UCAS code: L2L1 Duration: 3 years full-time/ 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBB at A Level DDM at BTEC 120 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Inc. a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Additional criteria: GCSE Maths grade 4/C or above

On this course you’ll study modules from both politics and economics. The economics side of things will help you understand how resources are distributed and used from both a macroeconomic and microeconomic perspective. This will involve statistics and assessment tools used by today’s economists to analyse policy and international trends. The politics modules will include topics such as the study of political institutions, as well as the social and political issues that are affecting us nationally and globally. At Huddersfield, politics isn’t a theoretical discipline but a subject where you’re encouraged to get active, take part and make a difference. So we’ll provide you with the opportunity to gain work experience by going on a placement

Placement 1 year placement option in business.

* Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

in your second year, working in a political setting. You could be working for an elected representative, local government or a charitable organisation. If you choose to study the four-year sandwich course, you could develop your skills even further by taking a year-long placement as a full-time employee in a business. During the course we’ll offer you lots of support to help you develop personal, professional and academic skills that could make all the difference when pursuing your chosen career. Whether you want to work in local or central government, management consultancy, education, industry or manufacturing, it’s all about building up the transferable skills that employers are looking for. As a student you’ll also be able to benefit from guest lectures delivered by Members of Parliament and other political figures, engage with studentled debates and take part in the active student Politics Society.

Phillip Buck, graduated from Politics BSc(Hons) in 2017, undertook his second year politics placement as a politics research assistant at the University of Huddersfield “During my placement I was involved in communications between local government, schools and political organisations. I organised multiple events surrounding local democracy and political research, which was invaluable in providing me with the tools and experience for transition into the workplace from university.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

International Politics BSc(Hons)

90%* Key information: UCAS code: L240 Duration: 3 years full-time Entry requirements: BBC at A Level DMM at BTEC 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Inc. a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Organisations and governments are looking for people who understand how decisions are made across economic, social and political institutions. This course aims to help you critically engage with issues such as conflict resolution, the growth of democracy and development and international systems of governance. Our lecturing team will give you the opportunity to explore the factors influencing social and political change. The lecturers will draw on their research expertise in ways that could stimulate and inspire you, and you’ll be encouraged to develop your own debating and research skills in a supportive environment too. We want to get you active in the political sphere, so we’ll give you the chance to take a work placement in your second year to gain crucial insights into the professional and political world. You might be working

Placement This course includes a work placement.

* Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated). ** LinkedIn.

with an elected representative, charitable organisations, local government, media or an educational institution. As the course looks at politics with an international perspective, you could choose to study a foreign language. You might also get the opportunity to study abroad for a term in your second year. During your course we’ll also give you the opportunity to take part in lots of extra-curricular activities. From special guest lecturers such as Members of Parliament and political figures, through to student-led debates, the focus is very much on getting you involved and active in the political world. Previous graduates have gone on to roles in media, human resources, education, business development, finance and marketing.**

Language Foreign language option module in each year of the course.

Elliot Wheat-Bowen, graduated from Politics BSc(Hons) in 2016, undertook his work placement in a secondary school “During my work placement I worked with EAL (English as an additional language) pupils. I evaluated the Prevent strategy which is part of CONTEST, the UK’s counter terrorism strategy. The work placement allowed me to bridge my understanding of the political philosophies and theories that I had studied and apply my knowledge to real-life situations.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

Politics BSc(Hons)

90%* Key information: UCAS code: L200 Duration: 3 years full-time Entry requirements: BBC at A Level DMM at BTEC 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Inc. a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

Some of the decisions that are made in governments and other institutions can have a huge effect on our lives, particularly now that we live in a truly globalised world. This course aims to give you an understanding of how those decisions are made, and encourages you to take an in-depth look at issues such as conflict resolution, democratisation and development, and systems of governance. We’ll give you the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of political processes and institutions, focusing specifically on British politics. You could look at political parties, political leadership, policy-making and elections, as well as political philosophy and global political issues. Then, in your second and third years, you can choose from a range of specialist modules to gain a deeper understanding of the aspects of your subject that interest you the most. Today’s employers are looking for graduates who have transferable skills, such as the ability to put forward an argument and carry out

in-depth research. We’ll provide you with the opportunity to understand the theory and apply it in the working environment, through an invaluable work placement in your second year. From working for an MP to helping at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), educational institution or media outlet, you’ll be given the chance to gain some practical experience in a professional setting. In your second year you’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term. You’ll also have the chance to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. You could benefit from guest lecturers such as MPs and political figures, and engage in student-led debates. We also encourage students to get involved with the student Politics Society to gain practical experience.

Placement This course includes a work placement.

Stephanie Darlington, graduated from Politics BSc(Hons) in 2014, now Program Manager at The Department of Health * Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

“My time at the University allowed me to participate in a lot of extra-curricular activities and work experience whilst studying a wide range of topics. As the Politics Society was very active on campus, there were plenty of opportunities to get involved! I was able to practise public speaking, help with people’s problems and gain a deeper understanding of real-life politics.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

Politics and Criminology BSc(Hons)

90%* Key information: UCAS code: ML22 Duration: 3 years full-time Entry requirements: BBC at A Level DMM at BTEC 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Inc. a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

What is the most effective way to police crime? How should society organise systems of justice? Crime, justice and policing are inherently linked to the world of politics. Studying the two disciplines together gives you a unique opportunity to see how they interrelate, and how political processes can shape the criminal justice system and vice versa. Crime affects every economy and every nation across the globe. Yet as societies attempt to address criminal behaviours, the nature of crime is constantly changing. Organisations and societies urgently need professionals who understand the factors behind crime, and how to bring crime rates down. This course is designed to help equip you with the critical analytic skills and experiences you need to create a career for yourself in this stimulating and rewarding sphere. You’ll look at popular conceptions of crime in the

Placement This course includes a work placement.

* Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

media, and criminal action ranging from petty theft through to state-sponsored terrorism. You’ll also be able to study the ideas and philosophies behind some of the most contemporary political issues in society, and how they affect theories of crime and crime reduction. Drawing on their research expertise your lecturers will encourage you to analyse social and political change, and what drives the two. During your studies you’ll be given every opportunity to develop your debating and research skills, which could prove crucial in your professional career. You’ll have the opportunity to experience politics and criminology in the real world, with a work placement in your second year in a field such as youth justice, charitable organisations, education, media or politics. You may also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term during your second year.

Exchange Our exchange programme could give you the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

Jane Wallace, graduated from Politics and Criminology BSc(Hons) in 2016, undertook her work placement at Kirklees Council “My work placement was very useful in allowing me to understand the dynamics of a professional workplace. It gave me the opportunity to experience different job roles before graduating and choosing a career path.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

Politics with Sociology BSc(Hons)

90%* Key information: UCAS code: L2L3 Duration: 3 years full-time Entry requirements: BBC at A Level DMM at BTEC 112 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Inc. a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma

What does it mean to be a citizen of a country? How do you classify someone’s identity in society? What impact do crime and social change have on all our lives? The worlds of politics and sociology converge on some crucial issues that we all face, and this course gives you the chance to find out more about the sociological issues and debates which influence political theory, systems and practice. Sociology is the study of the social world in which we live, looking at everything from social relationships and identities through to inequality and difference. Politics is the study of how decisions are made in economic, social and political institutions. Both subjects are rewarding disciplines and combining the two can help you build crucial skills that employers are looking for. The course looks at how the social and political arenas interact, at both a national and international level. You’ll pay particular attention to issues of citizenship and identity.

* Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

On the political side of things, you’ll be able to study vital issues such as conflict resolution, democracy and development, and different systems of government. In your second and third years, you’ll choose from a range of modules to specialise in the subjects that interest you. In your second year you’ll have the chance to go on a work placement to put the skills you’ve learnt into practice and make useful industry contacts too. Previous students have taken placements with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the civil service, national and local government, MPs and political parties. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term in your second year. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. You could benefit from guest lecturers such as MPs and political figures, and student-led debates. We encourage students to get involved with the student Politics Society to develop your debating skills and gain practical experience in a supportive environment.

Emily Broome, graduated from Politics BSc(Hons) in 2017 “There is a wide range of innovative, new and challenging modules to choose from which allowed me to explore my own interests. The lectures were also interesting and thought-provoking, and the personal experience provided by the lecturers was first class.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

85%* Key information: UCAS code: A524 Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years inc. placement year, 4½-6 years part-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B in any form of English

English Language and Politics BA(Hons)

Language is central to the way all aspects of society are conducted, including politics and political systems and debates around the world. This course enables you to study both. It will enable you to investigate language using some of the techniques and frameworks of modern linguistics and help you to understand how English functions in so many diverse ways and in different contexts. You will also develop a thorough understanding of the major political and historical perspectives which underlie current debates on the nature, structure and content of politics and in various contexts. You will learn how language is central to politics and political systems at home and abroad. So, for example, in the third year module ‘The Language of Power’ brings together both fields to investigate the way political ideologies are created and communicated.

The course aims to equip you for the real world by educating you to understand, analyse and critique the communication going on around you and to understand how it contributes to the political system. In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module or a year-long placement in Year 3. These skills are relevant to most modern careers, but can be closely linked to a wide range of careers in politics and the public sector (e.g. local government and councils). Our facilities are world-class and include a forensic linguistics laboratory, our research and resource centre and conference labs. They’re all fully equipped with the tools needed for specialist linguistics work.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore there are no graduate statistics available, 85% of graduates from courses in these subject areas at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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My student journey so far

Yusuf Ukadia Politics BSc(Hons) “I grew up in Dewsbury, which is a politically interesting town at the moment. It was a marginal seat in the 2015 General Election”, explains Yusuf Ukadia, a Politics BSc(Hons) student. After being interested in science as a child, Yusuf turned his attentions to politics during the time of the 2010 Election. “I was in year 10 at the time. That was the year that the coalition Government was elected. I started to become interested in issues such as voter turnout. Shortly after the Election, the Government voted in tuition fee reforms and I was particularly interested as I knew that would directly affect me when I became a university student.”

I hope to work in a job where I can make a difference. At Huddersfield, we believe that getting involved is crucial to studying politics, and Yusuf has taken opportunities to do exactly that. “I volunteer for my local Labour Party, helping out with canvassing”, he explains. “For my work placement, I spent time at Healthwatch Kirklees, an organisation which investigates healthcare complaints. It was really interesting to work with them in the build up to the 2015 Election, when the NHS was such a big issue. “One of the modules we studied was about developing countries, so in the future I hope to work in a job where I can travel and make a difference.”

To hear Yusuf talk about his student journey visit hud.ac/profiles

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Meet our staff Hear why Pete enjoys teaching politics

Pete Woodcock

Head of the Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology “I wanted to be a footballer or a chat show host!” says Pete Woodcock, recalling his childhood ambitions. “But I was always interested in politics. I remember watching the 1987 General Election. I spent my pocket money on buying the manifestos, of which I didn’t understand very much to be honest.” Born in Cornwall, Pete grew up in Eastleigh before studying at university. “Whilst studying government I became particularly interested in political ideas. I developed my Master’s thesis into a PhD thesis on political theory in the English Civil War.”

Teaching politics is fantastic because it’s one of those subjects where people’s opinions can challenge preconceptions. Having joined the University of Huddersfield, Pete now lectures in political theory. He says one of the good things about politics is that everyone has their own perspective and lived experience. Teaching politics is fantastic because it’s one of those subjects where people’s opinions can challenge preconceptions. I often learn just as much as the students do. “My most memorable event at the University was the hustings we held ahead of the 2015 Election. What I particularly liked was that the event was about real politics and what really mattered to people. I feel that the University is quite literally at the heart of the community. It was an event for everyone.” To hear Yusuf talk about his student journey visit hud.ac/profiles

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We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to become a student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply.

Apply to us UCAS If this is your first (undergraduate) degree and you want to study a full-time course, then you’ll apply via UCAS at ucas.com If you’re at a college or school right now, it’s probably already registered with UCAS. The best thing to do is ask your teacher or careers adviser to help with your application. Once you’ve applied we’ll keep in touch with you throughout the application process, so you’re up to speed with what’s going on.

When to apply If you want to start your course in September 2019, you can apply to UCAS any time from 1 September 2018 onwards. Please make sure UCAS receives your application by 15 January 2019. Course codes The UCAS website gives you codes for all courses but you’ll also find these with the course details in this brochure. Make sure you enter the right code on your application form. The institution code for Huddersfield is HUDDS H60.

Contact us Got a question? Get in touch with us. Tel. +44 (0)1484 472272 Email. politicsadmissions@hud.ac.uk huddersfielduni_health_socsci @HudPolitics UniversityofHuddersfieldPolitics

Important Information This brochure is provided for information only and will not form part of your student contract. For full, up to date details on our courses, including when and how that information may change, visit our website at www.courses.hud.ac.uk

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Politics 2019/20 Undergraduate Guide  

Everything you need to know about undergraduate Politics at the University of Huddersfield (2019/20 Edition)

Politics 2019/20 Undergraduate Guide  

Everything you need to know about undergraduate Politics at the University of Huddersfield (2019/20 Edition)