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UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
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ABOUT THE COURSE

Whether at a local, regional or national level, politics and political decisions affect all citizens and are instrumental in shaping the future of the nation. At Liverpool Hope, we address topics that allow us to explore the theory and practical application of politics. We look at local issues in Liverpool, the politics of the UK and the EU and consider broader theoretical concepts such as the historical evolution of democracy and how it is practised in the world today.

Politics is a very dynamic and ever-changing subject. We try to engage with politics and political issues as they evolve and change over time, and we actively encourage debate and discussion amongst our students, encouraging a stronger awareness and appreciation of different points of view. The study of politics at Liverpool Hope does not just take place in the classroom and the library. You will be taught by staff who are experts in their field, and will help you to develop the skills you need to engage critically and knowledgeably with the world and equip you with transferable skills to take into the world of work.

The study of politics at Liverpool Hope does not just take place in the classroom and the library. We also organise fieldtrips to relevant local, regional and national institutions, as well as bring in guest speakers and practitioners from outside. Recent visits have included a trip to the UK Parliament, Brussels and Berlin, and visits from local politicians and other figures.

COURSE STRUCTURE

Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, interactive and student-led seminars, and tutorials which in your first year typically have no more than 10 students. Regular study skills classes are also provided in the first year to support you in your transition into Higher Education. You also have regular meetings with a supervisor when engaged in your final year research project. In addition, there are local, national and international fieldtrips organised in order to enhance your learning.

In your first year of study there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week in the Politics programme, which reduces to approximately 5 in your second and third years. You are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments that you may have. Overall, you should expect to spend an average of 40 hours per week devoted to your studies, including taught hours, independent work and group work where relevant.

ASSESSMENT AND FEEDBACK

Assessments are varied and consist of a formal exams focusing on lecture topics, and a range of written coursework assignments. You will be given clear, generic and additional assessment criteria at the start of the degree and at appropriate points throughout your studies. In your final year, you will complete a special study or dissertation.

Assessment is regarded as an important aid to learning and the team recognises the importance of providing timely, high-quality, constructive written feedback to you that not only explains the strengths and weaknesses of the particular piece of work but which also makes clear what must be improved in future work. Feedback is provided verbally to the whole year group where possible, to emphasise points of general relevance, usually through weekly skills sessions or tutorials. Should you require it, your tutor’s ‘drop-in’ office hours are an opportunity to gain verbal feedback and discuss your work privately.

YEAR ONE

Foundations of Politics

In the first year, you will be given in-depth introductions to key concepts and debates in politics and political analysis, key political institutions, ideas and political actors. You will gain an understanding of the features of political systems and political practice in the UK, Europe, the United States and beyond.

Seminars and tutorials are an opportunity to explore the implications and application of political ideas and ideologies, evaluate key political institutions in democracies (such as parliaments, parties and elections) and examine the role of key political actors, including Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), interest groups and the media.

As part of your first year course you are expected to attend a two-day team-building exercise at our Welsh campus, Plas Caerdeon.

Skills for Study and Research

A key theme in the first year is developing skills and techniques needed for successful undergraduate study to help ensure that you reach your full potential. This includes essay writing workshops, research skills and delivering effective presentations.

YEAR TWO

Explorations in Democracy

This topic addresses the key theories and ideas underpinning modern representative democracies, its historical development in Europe and the Americas and the challenges it has faced in the past and today.

Democracy in Europe

You explore in depth the development of democracy in Europe and the European Union and the challenges posed by contemporary developments including economic crisis, migration and the rise of populism.

British Politics

You will look at key institutions and organisations of the British political system and how they function, as well as major issues in British politics today, including where does power really lie in our system of government? Is the system of representation fair? What are the implications of Brexit?

YEAR THREE

Your third year provides the opportunity to explore in depth some of the key areas of politics and political theory.

Politics in the United States

This topic looks at the evolution of American politics through the lens of core institutions and contemporary issues. Key policy challenges and dilemmas are explored, including changing demographics, gun control and the death penalty.

The Imperial Presidency

You study the development of the presidency as a central institution in American politics and foreign policy from Franklin Roosevelt’s reinvention of the office in the 1930s to the present day.

Political Theory

You engage directly with major works of key thinkers in the political theory canon and explore the shifting boundaries of this sub-discipline from a focus on the state, to the importance of culture, the structure of the economy and social relations.

Power and Politics

You are introduced to key debates and concepts in the analysis of power in political contexts and provides you with the tools with which to conduct your own analysis through discussion and case studies.

Research Element

You will do either a 10,000 word dissertation in conjunction with your other subject, or a 5,000 words special study on a political topic. You will receive guidance and individual support from an assigned tutor in the creation and completion of this work. You are expected to work, in the main, in an autonomous way on this work.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS


A-LevelsBBB-BBC
UCAS Tariff Points120-112. UCAS Tariff points must come from a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent). Additional points can be made up from a range of alternative qualifications
BTECDDM-DMM
Access to HE120 - 112 Tariff Points
IB26
Irish Leaving Certificate120 - 112 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5

CAREERS

Careers available for Politics graduates include those in government, in international organisations and in policy work. Currently, there is an increase in demand for teachers with politics skills as well. Many firms and companies look for the general skills that the study of politics at degree level gives you – such as conducting analysis, preparing reports, constructing arguments and making judgements.

We encourage both teamwork and independent learning, and develop your communication skills throughout the three years of study. Many students move on to postgraduate Masters programmes and research degrees. We have graduates who work in the UK Parliament, in the field of communications, the civil service and with the NHS or voluntary bodies. In recent years, we have had students who have gone to work in the field of law, with think tanks and in journalism. Former students have also gone on to enter politics themselves, including running for office and winning elections.

ENHANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SALA

The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.


Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


TUITION FEES

The tuition fees for 2019/20 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

On top of tuition fees, you also need to buy key textbooks, which we estimate to cost around £100. During your studies, there are a number of optional fieldtrips in Britain and Europe. You will be given plenty of notice about the cost of these trips.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.

SCHOLARSHIPS

We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.

INTERNATIONAL TUITION FEES

The International tuition fees for 2019/2020 entry will be released in due course.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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GOOD TO KNOW:

  • National and international fieldtrips to political institutions, including in recent years trips to Brussels, Berlin and Krakow
  • Taught by a team who are recognised experts in politics
  • Extensive programme of visiting speakers, overseas exchanges, and research seminars

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