Politics (BSc Econ)
3 years (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)
Politics is worth studying because it is important, interesting, and will help you get a job. Our aim is for students to develop a critical understanding of key aspects of political theory and modern politics, along with a command of associated transferable skills. You will be taught by staff who are all research-active and publish books and journal articles on a regular basis. We have particular expertise in political theory, European politics, public policy and international relations. You can either concentrate on Politics by doing a Single Honours Politics degree, or combine studying Politics with studying international relations, modern history, economics, law, sociology, philosophy, or languages. Within Politics it is possible to choose from a wide range of modules. We have exchange programmes with two American universities, plus European universities if you are combining Politics with a language. The 2011 QS University Rankings has Cardiff as one of the world's top 100 places to study Politics.
|How to apply||www.cardiff.ac.uk/howtoapply|
|Typical places available||The School admits 230 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes|
|Typical applications received||1,300|
|Scholarships & Bursaries||www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A-level offer||AAB|
|Admissions Tutors||Dr Christian Bueger|
|Tel Number||029 2087 4564 / 029 2087 0824|
The Politics degree programme at Cardiff takes three years to complete. Single Honours students take 6 Politics modules each year, while Joint Honours students take 3 Politics modules each year plus modules in their other subject.
The first year is an introductory year. It is the results of the second and final years of study that determine your degree classification. The degree is made up of compulsory modules as well as optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to reflect your specific interests. A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can do original research.
You start by studying Politics modules alongside modules from elsewhere, allowing you the opportunity to pursue existing academic interests or explore new subjects. There are six Politics modules.
- Introduction to Government
- Introduction to European Integration
- Introduction to Political Thought
- Introduction to International Relations
- Introduction to Political Science
- Introduction to Globalisation
Which modules are compulsory depends on which Politics degree you are doing. For Single Honours Politics it is the first three.
In Year 2 you specialise in the subject area(s) of your particular degree. Note that the list of modules below is indicative only and modules may vary from year to year.
- British Politics since 1945
- Influencing Public Policy
- Theory and Practice in Comparative Politics
- Politics and Policies of the EU
- Democracy in Crisis?
- International Security - Concepts and Issues
- International Law in a Changing World
- Global Justice
- Justice and Politics: Contemporary Political Theory
- Political Thought from Marx to Nietzsche
- Conducting Political Research
- O'r Groegiaid i Gymru: Athroniaeth Wleidyddol
- Credoau'r Cymry: Athroniaeth ac Athrawiaeth Gymraeg o'r Safbwynt Rhyngwladol
In your Final Year you get the opportunity to choose from a further set of modules, including the option of doing a dissertation. Note that the list of modules is indicative only and modules may vary from year to year.
- Modern Welsh Politics
- Managing a difficult democracy
- Personality and power
- Elections in the UK
- Global Climate Politics
- Parliamentary Studies
- Justice and the Politics of International Law
- Conflict, Security and Development
- EU Security
- The European Mind in the 20th Century
- May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and Culture
- Politics Dissertation
- International Relations Dissertation
- Cyfiawnder Byd-eang: Dehongli a Gwireddu ein Dyletswyddau i'r Dieithryn Pell
- Cenedlaetholdeb, Crefydd a Chyfiawnder: Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng Nghymru
Lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi.
Seminars provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist you to integrate the information and ideas you receive from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. Seminars are kept small and usually average between 12-15 students. This is designed to give you ample opportunity to participate and to provide close contact between you and members of the academic staff.
Different seminar formats are used. Set questions and readings form the basis for discussion by directing your attention to relevant aspects of the subject matter and to various types of sources of information. Giving presentations develops your capacity to gather, organise and synthesise relevant information and ideas and to communicate these in a logical and concise manner. Tutor-led and student-led discussion hones logical skills and gives you practice in applying different concepts, theories and methods to the subject-matter at hand. It also exposes you to different interpretations of political ideas and events. Group problem-solving helps to develop collaborative skills.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Prior advice and written feedback (for essays) are used to help you understand what is required.
The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby develop your capacities to apply different concepts, theories and methods to the analysis of political questions; acquire detailed knowledge about a particular area of politics; use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.
You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.
Politics at Cardiff School of European Languages, Translation and Politics
received excellent ratings for both teaching outcomes and teaching delivery
in the National Audit of University Teaching Quality.
|Typical A-level Offer||AAB|
|Typical WBQ Offer||A pass in the Welsh Bacc is accepted as the equivalent of the third A2 level, ie the lowest of the 3 A2s required in the standard offer|
|Typical Int Bacc Offer||Considered on individual merit|
|Other||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.|
A list of commonly accepted alternative entry qualifications and admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme can be read here.
A Politics degree provides an excellent springboard for careers in a wide range of fields. These include journalism, broadcasting, local government, management, publishing, law, accountancy, education, the European Union, the voluntary sector, policy research and consultancy, and the civil service. Business firms are also interested in recruiting Politics graduates due to the fact that they inevitably have frequent dealings with government.
For employers a Politics degree means that you have an excellent understanding of politics and government that will be of use whether you work in government or in the private or voluntary sectors. It also demonstrates that you possess highly developed intellectual skills, such as the ability accurately to assess ideas and arguments on the basis of logic and evidence. You will also learn to construct your own answers to complex questions by developing logical arguments based on well-validated evidence. And you will develop good communication skills and use information and communications technologies - all vital in today’s information economy.
What this means is that graduates with a good Politics degree are valued by a wide range of employers. Among the employers of recent Cardiff Politics graduates are political parties, local government, private companies and non-governmental organisations. Graduates also often go on to Masters degrees. The latest statistics show that within 6 months of graduating, around 95 per cent of our graduates either have a job or are engaged in further study.
Next intake: September each year
Name: Dr Christian Bueger
Telephone: 029 2087 4564 / 029 2087 0824