(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Politics is not just the concern of politicians. It is about big issues such as the environment and human rights. Political engagement can change lives and encourage changes in government in the UK and elsewhere.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: L200

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Course Overview

Politics at Keele seeks to understand society and the events and forces which shape it, engaging with questions of power, justice, conflict, legitimacy, accountability, and governance. You will explore why citizens are increasingly disillusioned with politics; what a democracy is; when and how it’s legitimate to protest; and the effects of different models of government. You can tailor your studies to your interests, whether theoretical, historical or oriented to specific issues. Politics at Keele is informed by our research expertise in environmental politics, security studies, European and American politics.

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. You might work as a politician’s assistant, a researcher for an MP or think-tank, or a public-affairs consultant. You could work in the civil service, in local government, or for a campaigning or lobbying group. A wide range of other employers also see a politics degree as evidence of your ability to think critically, take a balanced approach, make reasoned arguments and collaborate with colleagues, so many graduates go into careers like journalism or management.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Why Politics Matters
  • British Politics Since 1945
  • Modern Democracies
  • Justice, Authority and Power
  • Securing Global Order
  • Debates in American Politics
  • Choice of module inside or outside of Politics

Second year

  • Political Research in Practice
  • Freedom and Equality
  • Why Policy Changes
  • British Government and Politics
  • Comparing the US and UK
  • Power to the People
  • Work Experience in Politics
  • Choice of module inside or outside of Politics

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • The US Presidency
  • The Extreme Right in Western Europe
  • Human Rights
  • Modern Russia
  • Environmental Politics in the USA
  • The Left in Modern Politics
  • Environmentalism, Environmental Movements and Protest