Politics and Sociology at Brunel is a dynamic combination of high level study in both subjects. Your politics studies will help you address critical questions like: Who has political power? Why do they have it? And in whose interest do they exercise it? Meanwhile, your studies in sociology will look at subjects like sociological theory, social identities, the sociology of everyday life and the changing nature of modern societies. You’ll be studying people, societies and how people live, and on the other how they are governed or want to be governed. Both subjects will help to demonstrate your intellectual acumen and understanding of world affairs and real life issues, which will be an asset in so many fields of work. Whether you’re studying modern world politics or the development of social change and transformations, you’ll not just learn about them, you’ll be analysing them using the tools of political science and social science to help deepen your understanding and critical thinking. Opt for a placement year and you'll gain valuable experience to help give you the edge in the job market when you come to graduate. Past students have secured placements in the Home Office, HM Treasury, the House of Commons, and the Competition Commission, but the list of possibilities is endless. It’s a competitive world out there, so you’ll get plenty of support from your lecturers and the University’s Professional Development Centre to help prepare you for your placement year and the world of work. But why not increase your career options with an accredited journalism course, a free modern language course, or a social media internship? You can even opt to study part of your degree abroad in one of our partner universities in Europe, or participate in an exchange programme to China or the USA. It’s all available at Brunel to help you make a difference in the world – now and in the future. Brunel graduates of this subject enter diverse careers. Some go into politics and the civil service, some are at GCHQ and military intelligence, and some go on to further study or into research. Others go into the public sector – the NHS, social or care work, education or in local authorities, while others go into the private sector working for international banks, business consultancy, law, NGOs, the media and marketing. The opportunities are endless.
Year 1 Making Sense of Culture and Society Contemporary Society & Media Key Ideas in Sociology Modern Political Thought Modern British Politics Research Design and Qualitative Methods in Politics Year 2 Core Comparative Political Institutions Explaining Politics: Quantitative Political Science in Practice Sociology of Everyday Life: Issues in Contemporary Culture Visual Cultures Optional Ancient Greek Political Thought: Plato’s Republic and Aristotle’s Politics Democracy and Democratisation Issues in American Politics National Security Intelligence Theories of International Relations The Holocaust The State and Revolution The History of Political Cinema US Foreign Policy from World War II to the end of the Cold War Unity and Cultural Diversity Year 3 Core Dissertation Social Dissertation European Union Politics: Problems and Prospects Optional Comedy, the Media and Society Racism, Identity and Difference Digital Cultures Global Cities: Spaces and Culture Changing Audiences Empire, Imperialism and Hegemony Media, Politics and Power in America Marx and Marxism Parties and Voters in the UK Public Policy Analysis Parliamentary Studies History of Political Philosophy Fascism Crisis and Critique Terrorism 1960-2016
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||with no less than 5.5 in each subsection|
|Institution's Own Test||with no less than 55% in each subsection|
|TOEFL (iBT)||92||with a minimum of: Reading - 18 Listening - 17 Speaking - 20 Writing - 17|
|PTE Academic||58||with a minimum of 51 in all subscores|
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Fees and funding
|Republic of Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250*||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250*||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.