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Politics & International Relations

UCAS Code: L201 Duration: 3 years

Overview

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

A degree in Politics & International Relations offers you the opportunity to deal with a subject that is vital to understanding the key issues of our society and our world today. This course has a special emphasis on the international and global dimension of politics and you will be working with a subject team who are recognised experts in the field. During your time at Liverpool Hope, you can take part in our extensive programme of visiting speakers, fieldtrips, and overseas exchanges.

Why choose this subject?

  • 100% of students were satisfied with Politics at Liverpool Hope University (National Student Survey 2015).
  • You will have the opportunity to go on international exchanges to countries including America, the Netherlands and South Korea
  • There is an extensive programme of visiting speakers and fieldtrips, which in the past have included visits to the European Parliament and NATO in Brussels
  • The Department has close links with Liverpool Hope’s History-Politics Student Society.
  • You will have the opportunity to join an excellent student society
  • The academic team are well-published researchers meaning your learning is relevant and current and research informed.

Subject Guides

Read more about studying Politics and International Relations at Liverpool Hope in our Politics and International Relations Subject Guides.

Politics and International Relations Subject Guide 2016

Politics & International Relations Subject Guide 2017

 

 

The programme specifications for this subject can be downloaded below.

Politics & International Relations

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

Curriculum

Level C (Year One)

Politics: You will take a lecture series entitled ‘The Foundations of Politics’. This will comprise three lectures per week, each lasting one hour, and will introduce you to the discipline and a range of its key theories. In addition to this you will take two seminars. These are entitled Political Institutions and Political Actors. They consider the core structural components of politics and how individuals and groups interact with these institutions. In addition you will participate in a weekly small group tutorial which considers skills and research methods in politics.

International Relations: You will take a lecture series entitled ‘The Foundations of International Relations’. This will comprise three lectures per week, each lasting one hour, and will introduce you to the discipline and its most influential, structural theories. To reinforce your learning in the lectures you will take two seminars. The first of these, ‘Key concepts in the study of International Relations’ will better prepare you to deal with the theories that characterise the discipline whereas the ‘International Relations Weekly Briefing’ will give you the opportunity, in seminars, to explore and debate ‘real world’ developments. In addition you will participate in a weekly small group tutorial.

Assessment methods include essays, exams and tutorial workbooks.

Level I (Year Two)

Politics: The lecture series in your second year considers Democracy and considers its strengths and weaknesses as a political system. It build upon your learning in the first year and looks at the evolution and implementation of democracy from Athens to the present day. Two seminar series look at democracy and the use of it in the United Kingdom, and the variety of forms of democracy found in Europe. Through the integration of these strands of thought it is possible to come to an enhanced understanding of democracy as the most popular form of governance in the modern world, replete with significant variations in its understanding and practice. The small group tutorials consider a range of alternative ideologies to democracy and give alternative viewpoint about popular governance.

International Relations: The second year programme is based around two components. First of all, there is a lecture series on “Understanding International Relations”, which builds and expands on the theoretical ideas you will have studied in first year and which goes on to examine a range of key issues and problems. These are discussed from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The practical side of the programme is focused particularly on the challenges and structures of foreign policy, and there is a supporting seminar series focused on foreign policy. This looks at theoretical approaches to foreign policy analysis, and then develops a series of in-depth case study evaluations. These may include analyses of the foreign policies of particular countries, such as the UK or the United States, and of the foreign policy behaviour of international organisations, such as the European Union. The small group tutorials will continue to reinforce your learning.

Assessment methods include essays, exams and extended projects.

Level H (Year Three)

Politics: In the final year a research project is undertaken on an agreed subject area. Thereafter the core lecture series looks at two topics: politics in the United States, and Social and Political Theory in which students will have the opportunity to examine how different thinkers in the history of modern political thought have conceptualised the state and the boundaries of politics and power. Seminars undertaken serve to reinforce an understanding of this, with one series on the US presidency and American politics and another, entitled ‘How to Grasp Power’, which specifically addresses key debates and concepts in the analysis of power in political contexts.  Both give an historical understanding of issues, enhance your understanding of current political and economic dilemmas and allow research into a number of contentious areas. A tutorial series is designed to give support in research methods and to assist in the production of a high quality research project involving Politics and International Relations material.

International Relations: As you would expect in your final year the pace steps up a gear and so too the complexity of the ideas and arguments you encounter. The lecture series, ‘Critiquing theories, unsettling assumptions: re-visiting knowledge and understanding in International Relations’, scrutinises and deconstructs that which was encountered in the first two years to leave you with a very nuanced, critical understanding of International Relations theory and ‘real world’ dynamics. You also specialise through seminars in ‘Security, Peace and Conflict' and ‘Economic crisis and political conflict’. Your tutorials will focus on supporting you through independent research with the focus of this work agreed between you and your supervising academic tutor.

Assessment methods include a research project, a two hour exam and essay coursework.

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Entry Requirements

2016 Entry Requirements

For further information please contact the Clearing hotline on 0151 291 3899.

2017 Entry Requirements

The offer level for 2016 entry will be BCC - BBB at A Level or DMM - DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma or 104 - 128 new UCAS tariff points.

UCAS points offers can be achieved in many ways, the following are just a few examples of how you could achieve our entry requirements:

  • Three A Levels with grades of BBC or above
  • Two A Levels with grades AB and one AS Level grade A
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) with grade DMM
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) with grade M
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and A Level with grade of C
  • CACHE Diploma at grade B
  • The Access to HE Diploma now also attracts points under the new UCAS tariff. Visit the UCAS website to calculate your points

If you have any questions about your qualifications, please contact enquiry@hope.ac.uk or call 0151 291 3111.

Useful Links

How to apply

Admissions Policy

UCAS

Course Combinations

Politics and International Relations is a BA Single Honours course UCAS code L201

Employability

You will graduate from Hope with the academic skills and knowledge to compete in the jobs market. Key careers available include roles in the media, government, civic organisations and policy work.

With a Politics and International Relations degree, you will be particularly well qualified for politics jobs with an international dimension, such as with international organisations like the UN or the EU, and with non-governmental groups including Amnesty or Oxfam.

Many students also move on to postgraduate degrees and there is an extensive selection of relevant post graduate Master provision at Liverpool Hope.

Overview

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

A degree in Politics & International Relations offers you the opportunity to deal with a subject that is vital to understanding the key issues of our society and our world today. This course has a special emphasis on the international and global dimension of politics and you will be working with a subject team who are recognised experts in the field. During your time at Liverpool Hope, you can take part in our extensive programme of visiting speakers, fieldtrips, and overseas exchanges.

Why choose this subject?

  • 100% of students were satisfied with Politics at Liverpool Hope University (National Student Survey 2015).
  • You will have the opportunity to go on international exchanges to countries including America, the Netherlands and South Korea
  • There is an extensive programme of visiting speakers and fieldtrips, which in the past have included visits to the European Parliament and NATO in Brussels
  • The Department has close links with Liverpool Hope’s History-Politics Student Society.
  • You will have the opportunity to join an excellent student society
  • The academic team are well-published researchers meaning your learning is relevant and current and research informed.

Subject Guides

Read more about studying Politics and International Relations at Liverpool Hope in our Politics and International Relations Subject Guides.

Politics and International Relations Subject Guide 2016

Politics & International Relations Subject Guide 2017

 

 

The programme specifications for this subject can be downloaded below.

Politics & International Relations

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

Curriculum

Level C (Year One)

Politics: You will take a lecture series entitled ‘The Foundations of Politics’. This will comprise three lectures per week, each lasting one hour, and will introduce you to the discipline and a range of its key theories. In addition to this you will take two seminars. These are entitled Political Institutions and Political Actors. They consider the core structural components of politics and how individuals and groups interact with these institutions. In addition you will participate in a weekly small group tutorial which considers skills and research methods in politics.

International Relations: You will take a lecture series entitled ‘The Foundations of International Relations’. This will comprise three lectures per week, each lasting one hour, and will introduce you to the discipline and its most influential, structural theories. To reinforce your learning in the lectures you will take two seminars. The first of these, ‘Key concepts in the study of International Relations’ will better prepare you to deal with the theories that characterise the discipline whereas the ‘International Relations Weekly Briefing’ will give you the opportunity, in seminars, to explore and debate ‘real world’ developments. In addition you will participate in a weekly small group tutorial.

Assessment methods include essays, exams and tutorial workbooks.

Level I (Year Two)

Politics: The lecture series in your second year considers Democracy and considers its strengths and weaknesses as a political system. It build upon your learning in the first year and looks at the evolution and implementation of democracy from Athens to the present day. Two seminar series look at democracy and the use of it in the United Kingdom, and the variety of forms of democracy found in Europe. Through the integration of these strands of thought it is possible to come to an enhanced understanding of democracy as the most popular form of governance in the modern world, replete with significant variations in its understanding and practice. The small group tutorials consider a range of alternative ideologies to democracy and give alternative viewpoint about popular governance.

International Relations: The second year programme is based around two components. First of all, there is a lecture series on “Understanding International Relations”, which builds and expands on the theoretical ideas you will have studied in first year and which goes on to examine a range of key issues and problems. These are discussed from both theoretical and practical perspectives. The practical side of the programme is focused particularly on the challenges and structures of foreign policy, and there is a supporting seminar series focused on foreign policy. This looks at theoretical approaches to foreign policy analysis, and then develops a series of in-depth case study evaluations. These may include analyses of the foreign policies of particular countries, such as the UK or the United States, and of the foreign policy behaviour of international organisations, such as the European Union. The small group tutorials will continue to reinforce your learning.

Assessment methods include essays, exams and extended projects.

Level H (Year Three)

Politics: In the final year a research project is undertaken on an agreed subject area. Thereafter the core lecture series looks at two topics: politics in the United States, and Social and Political Theory in which students will have the opportunity to examine how different thinkers in the history of modern political thought have conceptualised the state and the boundaries of politics and power. Seminars undertaken serve to reinforce an understanding of this, with one series on the US presidency and American politics and another, entitled ‘How to Grasp Power’, which specifically addresses key debates and concepts in the analysis of power in political contexts.  Both give an historical understanding of issues, enhance your understanding of current political and economic dilemmas and allow research into a number of contentious areas. A tutorial series is designed to give support in research methods and to assist in the production of a high quality research project involving Politics and International Relations material.

International Relations: As you would expect in your final year the pace steps up a gear and so too the complexity of the ideas and arguments you encounter. The lecture series, ‘Critiquing theories, unsettling assumptions: re-visiting knowledge and understanding in International Relations’, scrutinises and deconstructs that which was encountered in the first two years to leave you with a very nuanced, critical understanding of International Relations theory and ‘real world’ dynamics. You also specialise through seminars in ‘Security, Peace and Conflict' and ‘Economic crisis and political conflict’. Your tutorials will focus on supporting you through independent research with the focus of this work agreed between you and your supervising academic tutor.

Assessment methods include a research project, a two hour exam and essay coursework.

You may also be interested in...

International Relations

Law

Law LLB

Politics

Entry Requirements

2016 Entry Requirements

For further information please contact the Clearing hotline on 0151 291 3899.

2017 Entry Requirements

The offer level for 2016 entry will be BCC - BBB at A Level or DMM - DDM at BTEC Extended Diploma or 104 - 128 new UCAS tariff points.

UCAS points offers can be achieved in many ways, the following are just a few examples of how you could achieve our entry requirements:

  • Three A Levels with grades of BBC or above
  • Two A Levels with grades AB and one AS Level grade A
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) with grade DMM
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) with grade M
  • BTEC Diploma (QCF) with grade DM and A Level with grade of C
  • CACHE Diploma at grade B
  • The Access to HE Diploma now also attracts points under the new UCAS tariff. Visit the UCAS website to calculate your points

If you have any questions about your qualifications, please contact enquiry@hope.ac.uk or call 0151 291 3111.

Useful Links

How to apply

Admissions Policy

UCAS

Course Combinations

Politics and International Relations is a BA Single Honours course UCAS code L201

Employability

You will graduate from Hope with the academic skills and knowledge to compete in the jobs market. Key careers available include roles in the media, government, civic organisations and policy work.

With a Politics and International Relations degree, you will be particularly well qualified for politics jobs with an international dimension, such as with international organisations like the UN or the EU, and with non-governmental groups including Amnesty or Oxfam.

Many students also move on to postgraduate degrees and there is an extensive selection of relevant post graduate Master provision at Liverpool Hope.

Course Contact Details

Student Recruitment

+44 (0) 151 291 3111

enquiry@hope.ac.uk

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