International Politics and Policy BA (Hons) Add to your prospectus

Key information

  • Course length: 3 years
  • UCAS code: L240
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered

Module details

Programme Year One

  • 60 credits in International Politics and Policy
  • 60 credits in your other Joint subject

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • British Politics II (POLI102)
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50

    ​To examine the distribution of power in Britain and the operation of power within the contemporary British state;

    ​To outline the traditional conception of the British political system as the ‘Westminster model’ and consider the extent to which this conception has been undermined  in recent decades.​

    ​​To introduce the principal ''theories of the state'' and illustrate their application to the study of the British political system;

    ​​To provide an overview of the key institutional components of the British political system (such as the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Parliament, the civil service, local government and devolved institutions);

    To highlight key currents in political participation and accountability in Britain; ​

    ​To illustrate how economic and political decision making ‘outside’ the UK nation state impacts on political power in Britain.

    Learning Outcomes​You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key controversies associated with the distribution of power in Britain.
    ​You will be able to discuss the formal and informal structure and operation of power both within and beyond the contemporary British state.
    ​​You will be able to outline the key elements of the ''Westminster model’ and debate its validity as a description of the location and structuring of power in the British political system today.

    ​You will be able to explain the primary ''theories of the state'' and apply them in discussing the operation of a range of British political institutions and processes.

    ​You will be able to show an understanding of the role of the key institutions making up the British political system, their relative power and the relationships between them. 

    You will be able to debate how political participation and accountability impact on the exercise of power in British politics.

    You will be able to discuss the ways in which economic and political decision making ‘outside’ the UK nation state impacts on political power in Britain. ​

  • European Politics I (POLI107)
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting80:20

    To provide an introduction to European politics by focusing on key contemporary issues while introducing some basic concepts of political science encountered in studying this subject;

    To examine key challenges encountered when attempting to define and conceptualise Europe;​

    To develop understanding of key debates around status of democracy and crisis of the nation-state in the European context​;

    To examine salient transversal themes encountered in the politics of Europe, such as integration, international migration​ and security.

    Learning Outcomes

    An understanding of the historical development and contemporary practice of European politics.

    A working knowledge of the principles underlying political processes and systems (electoral systems and party systems) and how they operate in the European political space.​

    An understanding of the political importance of different government structures (parliaments, the executive) at national and regional (EU) levels.

    A knowledge of the challenges posed by contemporary political trends to European nation-states and European integration​.

  • European Politics II (POLI108)
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting75:25

    To introduce students to the distinctive characteristics of political institutions in selected European states;

    To introduce the main features of political development in a range of European countries;​

    To provide a basis for comparison between different European political systems.​

    Learning Outcomes

    Knowledge of key features of contemporary European political systems in a range of countries.

    Analytical understanding of processes of democratisation in southern and eastern Europe.​

    Ability to compare and contrast forms of executive leadership, party systems, state institutions and the political evolution of European political systems since the latter half of the nineteenth century​.

  • Foundations in Politics (POLI109)
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60
    Aims·         Students will demonstrate a foundational understanding of key political concepts.·         Students will examine democratic theory and its challenges. ·         Students will analyse expressions of political power.·         Students will demonstrate a knowledge of major political theories and arguments of key political scientists, political sociologists, and political philosophers. ·         Students will understand what the study of politics is, and they will be able to distinguish the different ways in which one can study politics (empirical and normative approaches).
    Learning OutcomesDemonstrate a foundational knowledge of politics and the study of politics.Demonstrate an ability to relate political theory to the real world application of political power.Identify the problems faced by democratic and non-democratic political systems and the means by which they can be understood.

    Deconstruct the relationship between power, the state, democratic theory and the application of political authority.

Programme Year Two

  • 60 credits in International Politics and Policy
  • 60 credits in your other Joint subject

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • International Organisations (POLI225)
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting40:60

  • To provide an understanding of the nature of modern state system and the role of international organisations within it;To explore central concepts and theories in International Relations and apply these in analyses of the challenges and conflicts faced by the international system; To explore mechanisms and policy instruments that International Institutions possess in managing the new world order; To assess critical arguments as to the limits of international institutions and the likely future developments; To assess interpretations of international law Within global governance debates;​To develop students'' skills in synthesis and analysis, and in the presentation of clear and cogent arguments (both orally and in writing) of issues and controversies surrounding international system and its organisations.
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Ability to understand the role of international organisations in the in the international system. Ability to apply core theories of international relations to major international organisations.  

      ​Awareness of the role of global governance in the new world order.

      Ability to explore powers and limits of international organisations and the role of international law and human rights.

    Programme Year Three

    • 60 credits in International Politics and Policy
    • 60 credits in your other Joint subject

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • Dissertation (POLI401)
      Credit level30
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      • ​This module aims to enable student to formulate their own research questions
      • To encourge students to ​develop their own research under the supervison of a member of the academic staff
      • To provide an opportunity for students to manage their own learning through independent study​
      • To encourage students to manage their own time and organise appointments with supervisors​
      Learning Outcomes

      On completion of the dissertation students will be able to apply core theoretical and/or conceptual approaches in politics to their chosen area of research.

      Synthesise and analyse complex empirical and conceptual material in their chosen area of research.

      ​Use empirical and conceptual material in coherent and sustained argumentation.

      ​Use a range of IT skills including word processing, where appropriate e-mail, spreadsheets, and the Internet to locate and retrieve information in support of their dissertation research.

    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

    Teaching and Learning

    All students are taught study skills, including essay writing and information literacy, as part of their first year programme.


    Assessment in Politics is through a mixture of coursework, examinations, in-class tests, presentations and other innovative ways. Most modules are assessed on the basis of an examination (worth 50% of the module mark) and a 2,000 to 3,000 words coursework essay (worth 50% of the module mark). Year Three students can undertake a dissertation in place of two of their taught course modules. The dissertation option is a piece of independent research pursued under the direction of a supervisor.