City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Understand and analyse the key political issues that characterise twenty-first century politics and develop valuable, transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of career and postgraduate study options. This course has been developed for students who want to analyse, in a systematic and comparative way, the key political problems and issues that face states and societies across the world. You will develop vital analytical skills that are theoretically rigorous and empirically informed. You will learn how to apply these skills to explain today’s key issues, such as uneven economic growth and rising inequality, political violence, civil war and a shifting balance of global economic and political power. The degree programme will equip you with the tools you need to be competitive in a world where strategic thinking is prized and analysis of political risks highly valued. The programme is geared to helping you graduate with the understanding, skills and experience that will prepare you for postgraduate study or careers in a range of governmental, corporate, non-governmental and international organisations engaged in addressing these challenges. Why are some countries becoming democratic while democracy is failing in others? How is political power distributed in different societies around the world? How has globalisation reshaped state and market institutions in different countries? Why do different countries have different political systems? Why have far-right parties been successful in increasing their electoral support in some countries but not in others? When do social protests against governments emerge and when do they succeed? In today’s increasingly interconnected world, understanding the central issues and trends that characterise twenty-first century politics requires students to look beyond the borders of any single nation and adopt a global perspective. The Politics BSc (Hons) at City will provide you with the analytical skills, and theoretical and methodological tools that will help you address the key questions that are central to understanding politics today. The BSc (Hons) Politics will enable you to:

  • Investigate how national politics influences global political phenomena.
  • Develop strong analytical skills, learning how to compare political phenomena taking place in different countries to improve your knowledge of contemporary politics.
  • Broaden your regional and country-level expertise with a range of modules on the politics of emerging powers.
This course will challenge you to apply the key theories and approaches of the politics discipline to explore the diversity of political processes and political systems across different countries and regions of the world. Plus, to prepare you for a wide range of future career and postgraduate study possibilities, you will benefit from our location within a department with a strong international focus, and our exciting opportunities for work placement and studying abroad.

Course details


First year modules: (all are core modules at 15 credits each)

  • Introduction to Politics
  • Puzzles of Comparative Politics
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Emerging Powers in a Changing World
  • Introduction to Political and Economic Data Analysis
  • Studying Politics.
Second year: Core modules (All modules are 15 credits each):
  • Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics
Choose at least 60 credits (4 modules) from:
  • Political Risk Analysis
  • Comparative Asian Politics
  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Violent politics: riots, civil wars and state repression
  • Political Psychology: Emotion & Reason in Politics
  • Theories of International Political Economy.
Choose remaining credits (a maximum of 30 credits) from:
  • Transnational Social Movements
  • Advanced Theories of Global Politics
  • Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches
  • Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 1: Theories and Issues
  • Foreign Policy Analysis 2: Instruments and Practice
  • New Media Challenges
  • Understanding Social Change
  • Sociology of Race and Racism
  • Reporting Conflict
  • Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change
  • Ordering the World: International thought in the twentieth century
  • Analysing Political and Economic Data in the Real-World
  • Practical Politics
  • Advanced Principles of Economics: Financial Markets and Corporate Systems
  • Political Psychology: Reason & Emotion in Politics
  • Fifty Shades of Red – Russia in the Twentieth Century
  • The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century
  • Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present
  • The Making of Modern Japan
  • India in the Eighteenth Century
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Data Journalism
Final year: Core module:
  • Final Year Dissertation Project
Elective modules – choose 75 credits (all modules are 15 credits each):
  • Ethnicity and Nationalism: Global Comparisons
  • The Global Politics of Forced Migration
  • Political Economy of Global Inequality
  • Geopolitical Macroeconomy
  • Politics and International Relations of the Middle East
  • Global Governance
  • The Global Political Economy of Development
  • Political Change in Europe
  • Governance of the Global Economy
  • Global Money and Finance
  • Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics
  • The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace
  • Advanced Topics in International Political Economy
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Global Migration Processes
  • International News
  • The Multinational Corporation: Governance, Politics, Ethics
  • Sexuality and Gender in World Politics
  • Technology, Money, Power
  • Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945
  • Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History
  • The Holocaust in History and Memory
  • Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music
  • Poverty: What Counts?
- Reporting Business.

Assessment method

The assessment weighting for year one is 10%, year two is 30% and year three is 60%. You will be assessed by:

  • Coursework (assessed essays and assignments)
  • Unseen exams
  • Oral presentations
  • Other types of assessment methods that are suitable to specific modules.
In addition, the Politics BSc (Hons) involves two research projects:
  • A 5,000-word research paper at the end of the second year
- A 10,000-word dissertation submitted at the end of your third year

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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