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How do politics of the past affect today? Explore wider political systems and start to find out. Develop your understanding of politics in modern societies, focusing on how countries are governed and the relationships between nations. You’ll study the political, social, economic, artistic, intellectual and cultural history of past societies, from the fifteenth century to the present day. You’ll also debate political processes and systems and learn to identify political issues and events.
You will explore all aspects of history and traverse the world’s continents, from Britain and Europe to the Americas, Africa or Asia with your choice of modules. You’ll learn from research-active staff who are leaders in their subjects. You will also enhance your employability by taking part in our weekly events and talks, organised by the student-run Politics and International Affairs society (PIASOC).
Develop specific knowledge of the disciplines of politics – understand the significance and nature of political processes, the variety of forms of government and the concepts that inform their operation.
Engage with political institutions and processes to acquire a detailed knowledge of these systems and how they interact. You’ll use current affairs as case studies to bring broader principles to life.
Explore all aspects of history and traverse the world’s continents, from Britain and Europe to the Americas, Africa or Asia with your choice of modules.
Learn from research-active staff, leading the way in their subjects. Members of the team are internationally renowned for their work on elections and electoral systems and ethnopolitics.
Enhance your employability by taking part in extra-curricular events and talks organised by the student-run Politics and International Affairs society (PIASOC).
- Open doors to a wide range of career opportunities including journalism, advertising, teaching, non-governmental organisation work and academia.
In your first year, you’ll be introduced to the importance of the twin themes of democracy and democratisation, and examine how different countries rule themselves. You’ll explore current affairs through case studies and begin to understand questions such as ‘What is politics?’, ‘What is power?’ and ‘What is a political system?’ You’ll have the opportunity to study world history since 1850 and look at the political, social and cultural evolution of the United States from Settlement to Empire.
In your second year, you'll build on your knowledge and sharpen your understanding of key issues in politics. You’ll also delve into topics at the heart of 21st century debate, including the EU, democracy and globalisation.
In your final year, you'll deepen your knowledge by engaging with key concepts and debates in modern politics. You’ll investigate ethnopolitics in contemporary Europe, the politics of the US and elections in the UK.
The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
26% of assessment is by exam and 74% by coursework
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|UCAS Tariff||104 points||Including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.|
|A level||104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels. General Studies is accepted.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||Any subject is considered.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass a named Access to HE Diploma in any subject with at least 33 credits at Merit and/ or Distinction.|
|Scottish Higher||Considered in combination with Advanced Highers.|
|AS||Considered in combination.|
|Extended Project||Considered in combination.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||26 points||To include a Grade 4 in any subject at Higher Level. Maths and English accepted within|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H4, H4, H4|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered in combination|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||D*D - any subject accepted.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered in combination|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Considered in combination|
|Scottish Advanced Higher||104 UCAS Tariff points, including a minimum of 2 Advanced Highers,.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Considered in combination.|
GCSE Maths and English at Grade C/ 4 or above are required for this course.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,250||Year 1|
|International||£13,800 *||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.