Politics 

(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
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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

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

A summary of the credit requirements per year is as follows, with a minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year.

 

Year

Compulsory

Optional

Electives

Min

Max

Min

Max

1

30

60

75

15

30

2

0

90

120

0

30

3

30

60

90

0

30

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Minimum of 6 PIR modules to be taken

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Why Politics Matters

15

Debates in US Politics

15

Modern Democracies

15

Justice, Authority and Power

15

   

Intro to International Relations

15

   

Securing Global Order

15

   

Intro to Global Political Economy

15

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Minimum of 6 PIR modules to be taken) *Note: no compulsory modules in Year 2

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

US Politics

15

Environmental Policy and Politics

15

British Politics

15

Politics of the EU

15

Russian Politics

15

Contemporary International Relations Theory

15

Elections, Parties and Voters

15

International Organization

15

Why Policy Changes

15

IR of Eurasia

15

Freedom and Equality

15

African Politics

15

The Practice of Politics

15

Work Experience

15

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

minimum of 6 PIR modules to be taken)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

Modern Russia

15

   

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

   

The Left in Modern Politics

15

   

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

   

Russia and Europe

15

   

Environmentalism, Environmental Movements and Protest

15

   

The Missing Dimension

15

   

Proliferation

15

   

The Northern Dimension

15

   

Politics of Development

15

   

Policing International Order

15

   

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

   

Gendering Global Politics

15

   

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

Terrorism

15

   

Britain and War since 1945: War, Cold War

And Society

15

   

The U.S. Presidency

15

   

Urban Politics

15

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az