Sheffield Hallam University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Course summary

  • Learn about the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends and issues.
  • Gain a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories.
  • Gain work experience with well-known organisations.
  • Visit Brussels for a chance to meet policy makers and politicians.
Develop the skills to formulate and defend complex ideas, the ability to think clearly and objectively, and be given the platform to debate convincingly. By focusing on the application of political ideas in the real world, this degree supports you in a variety of career paths. How you learn At each level of study teaching is structured to provide you with the skills necessary to succeed. Classwork is supplemented by guest speakers drawn from the public, academic, non-governmental and campaign sectors which provide not only different perspectives on real world issues but also an insight into the knowledge and skills required to work in these sectors. You learn through
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • away days
  • workshops
  • e-learning
  • placement opportunities
  • guest lecturers
  • extracurricular activities such as publishing and editing Politics Review Magazine, and joining the Model UN Simulation Society, the Politics Society, and the Debating Society
There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus programme following the Brexit transition period). Applied learning Work placements You will have the opportunity to take a semester long work placement in your second year. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Examples include assisting members of parliament, working for NGOs, campaign groups or the council. Live projects If you choose a non-placement routes, you will receive employer engagement through our sector leading Venture Matrix enterprise, where employers invite you to help them address the issues their organisations need to resolve. Field trips A five-day visit to the European Union headquarters in Brussels will give you the opportunity to meet policy makers, politicians, and various representatives of non-governmental organisations. This field trip is provided at no extra cost. Language option Improve your employability and degree of internationalisation by studying a language. Throughout the course you have the option to study a language of your choice for credit, whether you are a beginner or at a more advanced level. Languages available include French, Spanish, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Japanese, and Mandarin Chinese.

Course details


Year 1 Compulsory modules Graduate Study Skills 20 Introduction To International Relations 20 Introduction To Political Thought 20 Introduction To Politics And Society 20 The Politics Of Post War Britain 20 Elective modules Foreign Language 20 The Politics Of The Usa 20 Year 2 Compulsory modules Contemporary Political Philosophy 20 Europe And The European Union 20 Research Methods In Politics 20 Elective modules Britain In The World: British Foreign And Defence Policy In The Modern Era 20 Comparative Politics 10 Contemporary War And Security Studies 20 Divided Societies 20 Foreign Language 20 Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment 20 Studies Abroad In Applied Social Sciences 50 Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) 60 Work Project 20 Final year Compulsory modules Dissertation (Politics) 40 Elective modules Anarchism: Direct Action In Theory And Practice 20 British Political Parties In The Modern Era 20 Charity And Community 20 Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context 20 Failed States And Democratisation 20 Foreign Language 20 Politics Of The City 20 Power, Politics And Paranoia: Contemporary Issues Dividing The Great Powers 20 Sex, Gender And World Politics 20 Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism 20 Theories And Methods Of Conflict Transformation 20 Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism 20

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5With at least 5.5 in all skills.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £13995 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £13995 Year 1

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