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BA (Hons) Politics & International Relations

  • UCAS
    L2L5
  • Entry requirements
    A-level: BBB
    BTEC: DDM
    IB: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

  • Length
    3 years full-time
  • Department
    Politics and International Relations

Course overview

This degree provides a grounding in some of the major aspects of politics and international relations.

You'll learn about international systems and global governance political theory, UK, European and US politics, international political economy and undertake area-based studies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Why study BA Politics with International Relations at Goldsmiths?

The Department of Politics and International Relations provides a lively interdisciplinary environment, specialising in the study of institutions and conflicts in a way that crosses boundaries between traditional understandings of political phenomena.

  • We offer a distinctive approach that combines the study of politics and international relations, giving you the opportunity to gain broad knowledge and experience of both disciplines
  • We'll de-familiarise you from what you think you already know, and encourage you to look at politics and international relations from a critical perspective
  • You’ll be able to choose from an unusually wide range of module options which explore the aesthetics of terrorism, critical approaches to security, the politics of development, US politics and foreign policy, the geopolitics of the Middle East, and contemporary movements from the Arab Spring to ISIS. We offer a range of area-based modules covering the Middle East, China and East Asia, Africa and Latin America.
  • We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political arguments, theories and ideas
  • Our unique work placement module gives students the opportunity to gain work experience relevant to the degree
  • We offer exciting study abroad opportunities through the programme
  • We've been recognised as one of the UK's top political universities as voted for by students (Which? University 2014)

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Paul Gunn

Modules & structure

Level 4

Students take a total of 120 credits comprised of these compulsory modules:

Module title Credits
  Political Theory and Ideologies 30 credits
  UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics 30 credits
  World Politics 30 credits
  Introduction to Political Economy 15 credits
  Introduction to Economic Policy 15 credits

Level 5

Students must take the following two modules:

Module title Credits
  Global Governance and World Order 15 credits
  Contemporary International Relations Theories 15 credits

Your remaining 90 credits are made up from these options:

Module title Credits
  Making Modern Japan 15 credits
  Chinese Politics: The Revolutionary Era 15 credits
  US Politics and Foreign Policy 15 credits
  Europe Since 1945 15 credits
  Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain 15 credits
  International Trade 15 credits
  International Monetary Economics 15 credits
  Liberalism and its Critics 15 credits
  Life: A User's Manual 15 credits
  Modern Britain: Thatcher and After 15 credits
  Modern Political Theory 30 credits
  Political Economy 30 credits
  Politics and International Relations of the Middle East 15 credits
  Politics of Vision 15 credits
  Rough Politics 15 credits

Level 6

Students write a research dissertation (30 credits) and take the following compulsory module:

Module title Credits
  Critical Security Studies 15 credits

Level 6

Students then make up their remaining 75 credits from these options:

Module title Credits
  An(other) China: Streetscenes of Politics 15 credits
  An(other) IR – Views from the South 15 credits
  Anarchism 15 credits
  Beyond All Reason 15 credits
  Britain and Europe 15 credits
  Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought 15 credits
  Rhetoric and Politics 15 credits
  Work Placement 15 credits
  Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection 15 credits
  Feminist Politics 15 credits
  Finance and the Global Political Economy 15 credits
  International Political Economy 2 15 credits
  Liberal Government and Power 15 credits
  Movements and Conflict in the Middle East: from the Arab Spring to ISIS 15 credits
  Nationalist Conflict and International Intervention 15 credits
  New Radical Political Economy 30 credits
  Political Economy of the European Union 30 credits
  Politics of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Africa 15 credits
  An(other) Japan: Politics, Ideology and Culture 15 credits
  The Political Economy of International Development Assistance 15 credits

Assessment

Assessment consists of coursework, extended essays, reports, presentations, practice based projects or essays/logs, group projects, reflective essays, and seen and unseen written examinations.

 

Download the programme specification, relating to the 2017-18 intake. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655

These requirements relate to 2018 entry. For 2017 entry please check the programme specification.

Equivalent qualifications
We accept a wide range of qualifications equivalent to the ones listed above. This includes:

Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher), BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

If your qualifications are from another country, find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world

English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us. 

For this programme we require:

IELTS 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Read more about our general entrance requirements

Department

Voted one of the top political universities in the UK by students* and ranked in the world's elite**

Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths doesn’t just examine parliaments, voting systems and the formal arenas of political power. We explore ‘the politics behind politics’ – the major economic, social and cultural conflicts that are hidden by the formal veneer of institutions, but are central to everyday life.

We study politics and international relations for the 21st century, in which anarchism may be as important as liberalism, and in which Asia and Africa are as economically and geopolitically important as Europe and North America. 

Find out more about the Department of Politics and International Relations

*Which? University 2016
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017

Learning & teaching

On this degree you'll attend lectures and seminars where you'll hear about ideas and concepts related to specific topics, and where you'll be encouraged to discuss and debate the issues raised. This will enhance your academic knowledge of the subject, and will improve your communication skills.

The teachers are imaginative and innovative in their methods, to bring together theories and concrete examples. We use various assessment methods, such as asking you to write blog posts and contribute to Twitter discussions. Class presentations, writing various types of documents (such as a policy report) and collaborative work with other students are all important parts of our teaching process, which aims to give you confidence and practical experience in the skills that you will need later in your career.

But this is just a small proportion of what we expect you to do on the degree. For each hour of taught learning in lectures and seminars, we expect you to complete another 5-6 hours of independent study. This typically involves carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, or producing essays or project work.

This emphasis on independent learning is very important at Goldsmiths. We don't just want you to accept what we tell you without question. We want you to be inspired to read more, to develop your own ideas, and to find the evidence that will back them up. Independent study requires excellent motivation and time management skills. These skills will stay with you for life, and are the kind of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Learning and teaching on this degree will take place through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Independent learning
  • Presentations
  • Assessments
  • The Goldsmiths Virtual Learning Environment

Find out more about these learning and teaching approaches

Skills & careers

Skills

This programme will develop you intellectually, and will enhance your transferable and communication skills – learning to plan your workload, to research solutions, and to express your ideas coherently.

Careers

Our politics graduates go on to a wide variety of careers. Some go on to postgraduate study or further training in law, accountancy, social work, business administration, or to specialise in one area of their academic studies, whilst others go directly into employment.

Recent politics graduates have found employment in administration and management; in various departments of central and local government; in finance, in the media; in research and computing; in voluntary agencies; in health, education and housing management; the probation service; in company management, and as lecturers and teachers. You can read more about career options on our Politics and International Relations careers pages.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

Fees & funding

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