University of Salford

Degree level: Undergraduate


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TEF Bronze

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This course is dedicated to examining the most central and critical questions regarding our political world and its pasts and futures. It differs from other courses in its critical emphasis, wide range of module options, and smaller class sizes. According to Aristotle, humans are political animals. We only exist in and through political communities. How do we organise ourselves as communities? Who has power in these communities and how is it used? Do our communities lead us to ever greater forms of freedom and liberty or do we create the conditions for our own continued domination and subjection? Ordinary citizens often feel disempowered because they find the political world confusing. By providing knowledge and understanding of how politics works, this course gives you the tools you need, as a citizen, to insist that elected representatives remain effectively accountable to you. There is the opportunity to spend some or all of your second year studying abroad with excellent placement opportunities to boost your CV. Students who spend the whole of their second year studying at an Erasmus (European) university may qualify for a tuition fee waiver.

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YEAR 1: Your first year of study seeks to give you a grounding in understanding political behaviour and institutions; political theory; comparative political analysis; and international politics and history. YEAR 2: You will build on knowledge gained in your first year, and have the option to choose from a wide range of modules. You will take two core modules: Theories of Power and Domination and Researching in International Relations and Politics. The former expands your knowledge of political concepts and thinkers, and the latter prepares you for the dissertation in your third year. You can then choose four module options. You can spend one or two semesters studying abroad at one of our many partners in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia. You can also opt to develop your language skills and take a language module as part of the University-wide Language Programme. YEAR 3: In the third year you will complete a dissertation on a political subject of your choice. This is your opportunity to develop your ideas and research a topic that you have selected. The dissertation counts as two modules. You also choose four from a range of module options, or take advantage of our placement opportunities. Westminster Parliamentary Placement - An exciting and unique opportunity to work with a Westminster MP in London. You will put your research and communication skills to work in a challenging setting that places you at the centre of British politics.

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  • Year 1

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Politics at University of Salford - UCAS