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Course summary

Critically explore politics and some of the most pressing issues facing us today. You’ll have the opportunity to enhance your studies with fantastic placements. You’ll choose a pathway to study*: BA (Hons) Politics (L200) BA (Hons) Politics with Global Development (UCAS code L208) BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations (UCAS code L201) BA (Hons) Politics with Human Rights (UCAS code L203) Critically explore divisive political issues such as With the 2017 snap general election, Brexit and the Donald Trump US Presidency. As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Examine politics as a human activity with a local, national and global outlook
  • Study the ideas, ideologies, policies and institutions that form the foundations of modern politics
  • Understand complex policy issues and advocate solutions to problems
  • Evaluate the nature and distribution of power systems, processes and institutions of governance
  • Analyse different interpretations of political events and issues, synthesising relevant information, exercising critical judgement and constructing reasoned arguments
  • Analyse pressing issues facing us today, such as climate change, human rights, migration and the crisis of capitalism
  • Explore how the role of the state, international power relations, ethics, and political movements and ideologies such as Marxism have profound implications for the organisation of our society
  • Undertake a volunteering placement giving you work experience in the field
  • Blend critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills
*You can apply to study the single honours degree or one of the combined awards listed below. BA (Hons) Politics with Global Development (UCAS code L208) BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations (UCAS code L201) BA (Hons) Politics with Human Rights (UCAS code L203) Find out more Immersive learning With our range of politics events, volunteering options, study abroad opportunities, and guest speakers, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in a rich learning and practical environment that will fully prepare you for the career you choose. Volunteering You’ll undertake a volunteering placement of your choosing as part of our Active Citizenship module, helping those in need - whether it's helping refugees learn English, working at a food bank or teaching in a foreign country. Hands-on study You’ll have the opportunity to design a mock project targeted at a non-government organisation. You’ll practise lobbying your ideas during a test interview, enhancing your employability skills. Previous students have explored ways to limit the problems of globalisation. Research expertise All of our course team are research-active, working around the world for the development of society. Many carry out government-funded research and help to advise the EU on policy. These links will help ensure your course content is applicable to the wider world and could help if you are writing a project or research proposals for international organisations. Why study Politics at Leeds Beckett University...
  • Pathways available, with the option to change direction after Year 1
  • Fantastic placement opportunities
  • Guest lectures, including annual festival of Politics and International Relations
  • Volunteering and study abroad opportunities


Year 1 Core Modules:

  • Politics, Ethics & Justice
  • Political Movements & Ideologies
  • World Politics
  • Introduction to Political Economy
  • Introduction to Governance
Year 2 Core Modules:
  • Active Citizenship
  • Britain in the World
  • Global Inequalities
  • State & Power
In addition, choose from a list of Year 2 option modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list. Year 3 Core Modules:
  • Dissertation
  • Governing Globalisation
  • Policy Making
In addition, choose from a list of Year 3 option modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1

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Politics at Leeds Beckett University - UCAS