Course information

Entry requirements

UCAS code

L2L5

Entry requirements

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

Length

3 years full-time

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

Contact the department

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

What you'll study

Year 1 (credit level 4)

In your first year, you take a total of 120 credits comprised of these compulsory modules:

Year 1 compulsory modules Module title Credits
  Political Theory and Ideologies 30 credits
  UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics 30 credits
  World Politics 30 credits

You then take either:

Module title Credits
  Introduction to Political Economy 15 credits
  Introduction to Economic Policy 15 credits

or the following 30 credit module:

Module title Credits
  Colonialism, Power and Resistance 30 credits

Year 2 (credit level 5)

In your second year, you must take the following two modules:

Year 2 compulsory 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:

Year 2 option modules 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: Politics from 1979 - today 15 credits
  Modern Political Theory 30 credits
  Political Economy 30 credits
  International Politics of the Middle East 15 credits
  Politics of Vision 15 credits
  Rough Politics 15 credits

Year 3 (credit level 6)

In your third year, you write a research dissertation (30 credits) and take the following compulsory module:

Module title Credits
  Citizenship and Human Rights 15 credits

You then make up the remaining 90 credits from a list of modules provided by the department, which currently includes:

Year 3 option modules 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
  Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse 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

Teaching style

This programme is mainly taught through scheduled learning - a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. You’ll also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. This includes carrying out required and additional reading, preparing topics for discussion, and producing essays or project work.

The following information gives an indication of the typical proportions of learning and teaching for each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 13% scheduled learning, 87% independent learning
  • Year 2 - 15% scheduled learning, 85% independent learning
  • Year 3 - 11% scheduled learning, 89% independent learning

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The following information gives an indication of how you can typically expect to be assessed on each year of this programme*:

  • Year 1 - 62% coursework, 38% written exam
  • Year 2 - 71% coursework, 25% written exam, 4% practical
  • Year 3 - 86% coursework, 13% written exam, 1% practical

*Please note that these are averages are based on enrolments for 2016/17. Each student’s time in teaching, learning and assessment activities will differ based on individual module choices.

Download the programme specification, for the 2018-19 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

We accept the following qualifications:

A-level: BBB
BTEC: DDM
International Baccalaureate: 33 points overall with Three HL subjects at 655
Access: Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish qualifications: BBBBC (Higher) or BBC (Advanced Higher)
European Baccalaureate: 75%
Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H2 H2 H2

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for degree-level study.

Fees & funding

Find out about our undergraduate tuition fees and funding opportunities.

Additional costs

When you start your studies you'll receive a printed copy of the handbook for your degree. At the beginning of the academic year you'll receive £10 of printer credit to use as you choose.

Module guides and reading packs including reading materials for your programme are provided digitally and you may decide to use your printer credit towards printing these.

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