Teaching is at the centre of the activities of the School of Government and International Affairs, where you will enjoy a vibrant and challenging intellectual environment. The School places great importance on research-led teaching, which integrates new and cutting-edge research into the curriculum and will introduce you to a variety of research-oriented skills and research-based projects. Teaching takes the form of lectures and small group seminars, with an emphasis on encouraging our students to become independent thinkers, able to locate, analyse, and question subject material with the skills learned in the course of their studies. Students on this degree learn through a diversity of assessment methods, including but not limited to examinations and unseen essay questions, essays, group projects, and a dissertation. Modules are assessed during the year of study, with each module offering multiple chances for assessment and feedback on student work. In your final year, you will submit a dissertation, which allows you to explore in depth a topic of your choice. You will be assigned a supervisor to assist you in the design and production of your dissertation. All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars provide the opportunity for students to engage in discussion of a particular topic and/or to explore it in more detail than might be covered in a lecture. Student participation is an important part of seminars. This emphasis on small-group teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the number of formal sessions. Small-group teaching and one-to-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the degree) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a dissertation – supported by one-on-one supervision – that makes up a third of final year credits. In this way, the degree systematically transforms you from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the course and continue at key times throughout each year of the degree. Our degree, through the diversity of assessments, simulations, independent learning, and various classroom based activities aim to provide students with multiple opportunities to develop a range of important transferable and employability skills including: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people management, coordinating work others, time management, judgment and decision making, and cognitive flexibility. As a student in the School of Government and International Affairs, you can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff, guest speakers, and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research.
Description Taught by expert staff, undergraduate education in Politics at Durham is structured around three main streams: Political Thought, Political Institutions, and International Relations. In addition to learning research skills, the degree includes the opportunity to study the politics and international relations of specific regions, as well as theoretical examinations that help us to understand how we make sense of a complex and inter-connected world. You will move from general study in these areas in your early years to more specialised options in Years 2 and 3. Modules in the second and third years reflect the research expertise of the School’s academic staff. Such areas include, but are not limited to: European Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Thought and Political Theory, Middle East Politics, the Politics of East Asia, International Relations, and International Political Theory. The School places great importance on research-led teaching, which integrates new and cutting-edge research into the curriculum and introduces you to a variety of research-oriented skills and research-based projects. Year 1 Compulsory modules: Political Theory Democratic Political Systems Introduction to Comparative Politics Researching Politics and International Relations. Plus two of the following: International Security, Interdependence and Organisation Global Regions in International Relations Introduction to International Relations OR ONE module offered by another department OR ONE module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Year 2 Compulsory modules: Research Project EITHER Foundations of Western Political Thought OR Analytical Politics Plus FOUR of the following modules which can include the one above not chosen previously. These may vary annually but in the past have included: International Theory The Politics of Pacific Asia Foundations of Western Political Thought German Politics and Society International Organisations Sovereignty, State and Empire Global Political Economy Middle East in the International System Democratic Theory Politics and Identity in Contemporary Germany Class, Nation and British Politics Analytical Politics Crises and Conflict in European Studies One module offered by another department OR one module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study. Year 3 Compulsory module: Dissertation (Double). Optional modules vary but in the past have included: Muslims and Politics in the Modern World Parties, MPs, and Parliamentary Politics in Britain Origins of Political Institutions Women and PoliticsOne module offered by another department OR one module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2021 entry from September 2020. Placement Year You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more on our website
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||AAA||General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Grade A in at least one accepted social science or humanities subject. Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Please see the website for a list of accepted social science and humanities subjects. Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDD||General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Distinction in at least one accepted social science or humanities subject.|
|Access to HE Diploma||D: 30 credits M: 15 credits||We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham. General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Sufficient credits in at least one accepted social science or humanities subject. Due to the range of qualifications available we are unable to specify a specific amount of credits to meet this requirement, however if you would like more information please contact us with your application ID, or module list, so that we may advise appropriately.|
|Scottish Higher||AAAAB||Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis. General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Grade A at AH level in an accepted social science or humanities subject.|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||AAA||General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Grade A at AH level in an accepted social science or humanities subject.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||37 points||General information on subjects/grades required for entry: To include 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level, including grade 6 in a Higher Level accepted social science or humanities subject.|
|Extended Project||Not accepted|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H2, H2, H2, H2, H2||General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Grade H2 at Higher Level in an accepted social science or humanities subject.|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D3, D3, D3||General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Grade D3 in an accepted social science or humanities subject.|
Our contextual offer for this programme is A level ABB/AAC (or equivalent), which we will reduce to A level BBB (or equivalent) if you choose it as your firm choice. To find out if you’re eligible, please visit: www.dur.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/contextualoffers/
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|