Duration: 3 years


Hear from one of our tutors about studying Politics at Liverpool Hope.

Politics is vital to the understanding of key issues in our society and our world today. It underpins policy, regulatory frameworks, our trading partners and our cultural outlook.

You will explore Britain’s role in shaping global politics since the Empire, its place in Europe and its relationship with America and the emerging super-powers. You will also consider how public policies are formulated and explore the interaction of society in our own political framework.

Politics Subject Leaflet




Read more about studying Politics at Liverpool Hope in our Politics Subject Leaflet 





 Why choose this subject?

  •  You can participate in international study trips to political institutions in practice including Berlin and Brussels, as well as study trips in Britain
  •  There is an extensive programme of visiting speakers, overseas exchanges, research seminars and other learning activities
  •  There are close links with the International Relations and Media departments at Liverpool Hope and opportunities to get involved with the University’s Politics Society.
  •  You’ll be dealing with a subject vital to understanding key issues of our society and our world today.
  •  You’ll be part of a friendly and relaxed group which places a high value on student involvement and participation.
  •  You’ll be working with a subject team who are recognised experts in politics


This degree is available as a full time course for all international students. For more information about International students studying at Liverpool Hope, visit


Level 1

  •  The Arts Of The Possible: An Introduction To Politics

This course introduces key ideas in politics necessary to an understanding of the foundations of politics. Areas of consideration include political institutions, political change and political communication. The course considers issues including political theory, philosophy, ideology and international relations.

Level 2

  •  Dissecting Democracy: Theory And Practice

Democracy is the most important political philosophy in the world today, but is also a very contested one. This course allows students to explore and examine democracy from a number of angles. It looks at theories of democracy, it examines the practice of democracy in a variety of different settings, and it explores critiques of democracy.

  •  British Politics

Britain is a fascinating country for the purposes of political analysis, with a very distinctive national political system, some important issues at local and regional level and a significant role in international affairs. This course allows students to explore British politics in detail at all three of these levels, combining theoretical understanding with practical analysis of contemporary issues.

  •  Global Politics: Understanding International Relations

International relations lie at the heart of state cooperation and confrontation. This course explores issues at the heart of the debate on theories of and the practice of international relations. It considers the role of states, cooperation between states and issues such as globalisation and the international political economy.

  •  Tradition And Transformation: The Post-War European Mosaic

Europe has undergone dramatic developments since 1945. From the ashes of war, the continent underwent a rapid economic rebuilding, developing the distinctive European social model. Europe has also experienced a triumph of democracy, first with the end of fascism, then with the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. And these economic and political changes have been accompanied by a sweeping social and cultural renovation, as traditional beliefs and attitudes have been challenged. This course looks at the transformation of postwar Europe, exploring the extent to which Europe has changed from 1945 to the present day.

  •  War And Empire C.1650 - 1950

This course considers aspects of the wars and empires that shaped Europe's impact on the world from the Peace of Westphalia to the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. Attention is given to the main European powers, but particular emphasis is placed on the British Empire, the most extensive empire in history.

  •  A Century Of Women: A History Of The Weaker Sex (1880-1980)

This course will cover: issues in Researching Women’s History, the Suffrage Movement in Britain, the United States Constitution and Women’s Suffrage, Ireland, Nationalism and Suffragism,Women and the Trade Union Movement,Gender and the formation of the British Labour Party, Militancy and the Suffragettes, the Anti-Suffrage Movement including 'Women and War', universal franchise, gender, media and propaganda and women’s liberation

Level 3

  •  Exploring Politics: Research Dissertation

This course will allow students to identify and explore a selected political topic in depth through researching and writing a dissertation. Students will choose their own research topic in consultation with a supervisor, and will undertake both primary and secondary research and analysis leading to a 10,000 word dissertation.

  •  American Politics

This course outlines and critically evaluates institutions, processes and practices in the federal government of the United States. It addresses the American Constitution, the structure of government and how it addresses contemporary social, political and economic issues.

  •  Political Communication

This course outlines and critically evaluates the relationship between politics and communication. It considers the interaction between politics and the media, political speeches and speechwriting, public opinion and opinion polls. It explores the use of propaganda and spin control to shape a popular understanding of politics.

• Practising Politics: Work-Based Learning

This course consists of a student undertaking a politics-based work placement and engaging in additional independent academic work related to the work placement.

  •  Britain In The World

Britain has had contact with other peoples and nations for over two thousand years. This began when early settlers began trade in tin and other items, continued with the invasion of the Romans and then the Anglo-Saxons and then the Nordic tribes. In medieval times Britain became famous for its wool; under Elizabeth I imperial ambitions began to flicker and by the 19th century the British Empire reflected the worldwide economic hegemony Britain had by then achieved. Two world wars saw the enthronement of the USA as the world's superpower but Britain's role was still central during the Cold war and subsequently. Now the challenge is for this medium sized power to survive the sharp competition brought on by globalization from other developed countries-USA, EU- and the developing world led by China and India.

  •  Fascism And Dictatorship In Europe

This course examines the theories and nature of fascism and dictatorship in the twentieth century. It compares political regimes and right-wing movements across European and considers the relationship between fascism and various social groups and cultural categories.

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Entry Requirements

2014 Entry Requirements

The offer level for 2014 entry will be between 260 - 300 UCAS points, including a minimum of two A/A2 levels or equivalent.

2015 Entry Requirements

The offer level for 2015 entry will be between 260 - 300 UCAS points, including a minimum of two A/A2 levels or equivalent.

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Course Combinations

Politics is a combined honours course and can be studied in combination with the following subjects. In each case the combination results in a BA Hons degree.

Politics and Accounting UCAS code NL24
Politics and Biblical Studies UCAS code VPL2
Politics and Childhood & Youth UCAS code LL92
Politics and Christian Theology UCAS code VL26
Politics and Criminology UCAS code LL2H
Politics and Early Childhood UCAS code TBC 
Politics and English Language UCAS code LQ23
Politics and English Literature UCAS code QL3F
Politics and Geography UCAS code FL48
Politics and History UCAS code LV21
Politics and International Relations UCAS code L290
Politics and Law UCAS code LM21
Politics and Music UCAS code WLH2
Politics and Sociology UCAS code LL64
Politics and Special Educational Needs UCAS code LX23
Politics and Tourism UCAS code LN82
Politics and World Religions UCAS code LV2P



Having studied Politics alongside a second subject, you will be in a position to shape your own areas of study and expertise. You will possess the academic knowledge and analytical skills you need to compete in the contemporary jobs market and will be equipped with a critical understanding of the key elements in Politics.

Careers include the media, government, international organisations and policy work, as well as increasing demand from companies looking for skills such as conducting analysis, preparing reports, constructing arguments and making judgements. Many students also progress on to postgraduate Masters programmes and Research degrees.

“Studying Politics enabled me to grasp a fundamental understanding of how local and national policies and practices have an impact on an international stage.” Adam Waddingham, History and Politics graduate

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Department: History and Politics