Anglia Ruskin University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Focus on real-life political decision-making and policies, and discover how politics shapes all of our lives, on our BA (Hons) Politics degree in Cambridge. Our Politics course will allow you to study the practical and theoretical aspects of modern politics, gaining insights into our past, present and future on both a local and global scale. You’ll examine relevant political debates from a historical, philosophical and sociological perspective. We‘ll go beyond the ‘high politics’ of traditional theories and the workings of parliaments. Instead, you’ll be able to develop your own specialisms in areas such as global diplomacy and international issues like climate change; protest movements like Black Lives Matter; the devolution of power away from central government; the politics of the new media; the politics of gender, and the place of race in modern society. Our specialist modules such as Race, Racism and Cultural Identity; Wrestling with Trump: the WWE and Modern Political Culture; and Politics and Social Media will allow you to engage with contemporary issues, developing a deeper understanding of modern politics. With a range of optional modules to choose from, you’ll be able to explore the historical, philosophical and sociological aspects of politics that interest you, developing specialisms in the process. As a BA (Hons) Politics student at ARU, you’ll learn from our team of expert tutors including historians, sociologists, criminologists and political scientists. Together, we’ll explore the latest theories, debates and research; examine domestic, European and international themes in politics, and consider the practical implications of political decision-making and policies. By joining our student community you’ll also benefit from award-wining learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources, with access to support, should you need it, on study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more. All our Politics students also have the opportunity to study in the USA or Canada for a semester, and can apply for funding to help cover the cost. Our BA (Hons) Politics graduates go on to work in a variety of fields, including local government, charities, NGOs, and European and international organisations and agencies. You might also explore career paths in public service, the criminal justice system, future energy policy and planning, security, negotiation and peacekeeping, or communication and media. As part of your degree you’ll have the option to learn a language through our Anglia Language Programme. This can boost your employability in international areas such as UN conflict resolution and diplomacy. You could also continue your learning, develop a particular specialism or start an exciting career in research with our MA International Relations, MA Sociology or MA Criminology. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Course details


Year one, core modules Introduction to Politics Global Political Issues Inequality and Class Rights and Responsibilities Political Ideologies and Social Controversies Year one, optional modules The Sociology of Globalisation Year two, core modules Political Theory - A History Contemporary European Politics Comparative Political Systems Protest and Activism Year two, optional modules Cultures of War The Growth of the USA The British Empire Britain in the 19th century Theories of Deviance, Crime and Social Control Body Politics: Health and Illness USA in the 20th Century Learning from Work Experience (incorporates work placements) Britain in the 20th Century Europe in the Age of the First World War Year three, core modules Major Project The Politics of Energy and Ecology Year three, optional modules Politics and Social Media Feminist Theory and Practice Race, Racism and Cultural Identity Capitalism in Crisis: The Depression and War in Europe End of Empires Enlightenment and Modernity: The Philosophical Legacy Politics and Public Service Sport, Globalisation and International politics Concepts of Good and Evil Thatcher and the New Right Global Political Economies The Cold War: the world divided Politics in Action Optional modules available in years two and three Anglia Language Programme

Assessment method

For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure. You’ll demonstrate your learning through a combination of essays, exams, case studies, optional work experience, and presentations. Your studies will culminate in a final year dissertation on a topic of your choice, and supervised one-on-one by an expert in that area.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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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
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2022 International fees are to be confirmed
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