Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

The study of politics entails more than the study of government. This programme is concerned with the way in which we understand and communicate about the problems and conflicts we face, and the formal exercise of power. You'll learn that we cannot make sense of the ways in which politics affects every aspect of our lives without first addressing the ways in which the concept of ‘politics’ is constructed in the first place. We will develop your critical and analytical skills, providing you with a thorough grounding in the major aspects of modern political studies, including political theory, international relations, political economy, British and European comparative politics and the politics of non-Western countries. Through a study of diverse topics, such as feminism, foreign policy, and human rights, you'll sharpen your ability to evaluate complex, challenging claims. You’ll see that politics encompasses the most difficult challenges humanity faces, and you’ll learn how to engage with these challenges in a sophisticated, persuasive way. A degree in politics is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable subjects you can study at university. And the skills you’ll gain will stay with you forever. Why study BA Politics at Goldsmiths

  • This programme extends beyond the conventional - we'll look at how and why politics is practised in such different ways around the planet
  • Our research interests are as diverse as the discipline of politics; you’ll have the option of studying from the full range of subjects that we offer (subject to prerequisites)
  • You’ll learn about the politics of the Houses of Parliament and the United States Senate, but you’ll also learn about the political decisions which take place in the class room, the company directors’ meeting, the art gallery and the internet forum. Through these (and more) diverse studies, we’ll help you to question your own assumptions and beliefs in order to give you the ability to question the assumptions and beliefs of others
  • In your third year you’ll be able to put these skills into practice in our Work Placement programme. We have links with the Home Office, Department for Transport, local government and the European Commission
  • We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, so you'll have the opportunity to hear (and challenge) the latest political arguments, theories and ideas

Course details


Year 1 (credit level 4) - You'll take these compulsory modules: Political Theory and Ideologies UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics World Politics You will also study one or two modules from the following list. Introduction to Political Economy Introduction to Economic Policy Colonialism, Power and Resistance Year 2 (credit level 5) - In your second year, you will take the following compulsory module. Modern Political Theory Students also take a total of 90 credits from the list of options currently available in the Department. Political Economy Making Modern Japan Modern Britain: Politics from 1979 - today Rough Politics Global Governance and World Order International Political Economy 2 Security Studies Contemporary International Relations Theories Europe Since 1945 US Politics and Foreign Policy International Politics of the Middle East Liberalism and its Critics Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain Topics in International Economics Year 3 (credit level 6) - Students write a research dissertation (30 credits) and make up their remaining 90 credits from the list of options currently available in the Department: New Radical Political Economy Anarchism Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought An(other) China: Streetscenes of Politics Contemporary Theories Feminist Politics Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse Boom and Bust: Economic Crises in Theory and History Philosophy, Freedom and Existence Armed Politics and Political Violence The Politics of Popular Music Feminist Economics Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

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

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

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IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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