BSocSc Politics and International Relations / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

Gabriel McArdle

Studying Politics and International Relations really makes you think about the world in a more comprehensive way.

The great thing is that this course gives you the foundation from which to create change.

Gabriel McArdle / BSocSc Politics and International Relations

The BSocSc (Hons) in Politics and International Relations degree is our single honours course for politics specialists.

Politics at Manchester is structured around three core themes:

  • Comparative Politics;
  • International Politics; and
  • Political Theory.

This structure extends across everything we do, from undergraduate teaching to top-level research.

In your first two years studying, you will take course units from across these three core areas, as well as being able to choose options from other disciplines within the social sciences such as economics or sociology, or other areas such as history, philosophy or languages.

By your final year, you will have acquired an advanced understanding of politics which will have prepared you to study a selection of our specialised Year 3 options, which reflect the research expertise of our staff.

Our significant size allows us to support internationally recognised research across a broad range of areas within and across these themes, including several large and distinctive specialist research clusters

This also contributes to the quality of our teaching at undergraduate level; we offer you a variety of course units that builds directly on our research expertise.

We will help you to develop solid intellectual foundations within the discipline, while also giving you increasing choice and diversity of subjects and approaches as you progress through your second and third years.

You may also have the opportunity to spend Year 3 studying abroad at one of our partner universities as part of a four-year degree option.

Aims

We aim to:

  • provide you with the opportunity to study Politics in the breadth and depth that a single-honours specialisation makes possible;
  • help you develop solid intellectual foundations within the discipline at the same time as offering an increasing range of choice and diversity of subject matter and approaches as you progress through your second and third years;
  • develop your capacities for intellectual independence and autonomy;
  • help you develop the skills necessary to undertake independent research of a high standard;
  • develop your intellectual flexibility and adaptability - the ability to learn how to learn as well as to learn how to succeed.

Special features

Award-winning teaching

Politics staff have won Manchester Student Union teaching awards (eg 2016, 2017) and achieved national recognition, three times winning the Political Studies Association Sir Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching (2007, 2012, 2017).

Course content informed by research

We offer a wide variety of course units that build directly on our research expertise.

Manchester is the home of one of the longest running election studies in the world, the British Election Study , while our research clusters examine issues such as the critique and critical challenge of orthodoxies, as well as security, migration, war, gender, ethics, resistance, and international institutions.

Paid placement opportunity

You'll have the opportunity to apply for a paid Q-Step internship during the summer between the second and third year of your course.

Study abroad

You could spend a year abroad studying in one of our partner universities during your third year.

This is a competitive process in which available places are allocated on the basis of your academic performance, for which a minimum average applies, as well as the quality of your overall application.

If successful, you put together a package of appropriate course units at your host university in consultation with your academic exchange advisor in Manchester.

Teaching and learning

Your course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, a member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

We offer a wide variety of course units, and many of these will include coursework. However, assessment is primarily by examination. The exam periods are January and May-June.

Course unit details

Each year of study consists of 120 course credits. Each unit is worth either 10 or 20 credits.

Course content for year 1

Year 1 provides an introduction to the three core areas of comparative politics, political theory and international politics, as well as training in university-level research and study skills.

You can take up to 40 credits from outside Politics.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Mandatory
Making Sense of Politics POLI10301 20 Mandatory
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Mandatory
British Politics: Power and the State POLI10401 20 Optional
Politics of the Global Economy POLI10502 20 Optional

Course content for year 2

You will develop your understanding in the three core areas, taking at least 20 credits of each, and also begin to focus on your own areas of interest.

You can take up to 20 credits from outside Politics.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Mandatory
How to Conduct Politics Research POLI20902 20 Mandatory
The Politics of (in)Security POLI20332 20 Optional
Questions About International Politics POLI20521 20 Optional
Politics & Society in Britain Since 1940: From Blitz to Brexit POLI20531 20 Optional
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World POLI20602 20 Optional
The Politics of Globalisation POLI20711 20 Optional
The Politics of Development POLI20722 20 Optional
Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective POLI20742 20 Optional
The Politics of Policy Making POLI20802 20 Optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Optional
Environmental Politics POLI20982 20 Optional
Comparative West European Politics POLI21001 20 Optional
Southern European Politics POLI21012 20 Optional
Asia-Pacific Security POLI21041 20 Optional
Work, Economy and Society SOCY20031 20 Optional
Gender, Sexuality and Culture SOCY20892 20 Optional
Racism and Ethnicity in the UK SOCY20961 20 Optional
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Course content for year 3

You will pick your final areas of specialisation, including a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dissertation A POLI30300 40 Mandatory
The Politics of the European Union POLI30032 20 Optional
Russian Politics POLI30071 20 Optional
The Politics and Philosophy of Nationalism POLI30192 20 Optional
Elections and Voters in Britain POLI30242 20 Optional
Political Morality and Dirty Hands POLI30271 20 Optional
Chinese Politics POLI30281 20 Optional
Public Policy Problems POLI30291 20 Optional
Ethical Issues in World Politics POLI30321 20 Optional
Political Ideologies in Modern Britain POLI30361 20 Optional
The Politics of Hate POLI30452 20 Optional
Introduction to International Political Economy POLI30721 20 Optional
Gender, War & Militarism POLI30792 20 Optional
Africa & Global Politics POLI30862 20 Optional
War and Genocide in the 20th Century POLI30892 20 Optional
Ideologies of Global Capitalism POLI31002 20 Optional
War Memories and Reconciliation in East Asia POLI31012 20 Optional
American Politics: Why Do They Do That? POLI31061 20 Optional
Contemporary Parliamentary Studies and the British Political Tradition POLI32041 20 Optional
Postcolonial Politics POLI32061 20 Optional
Between War and Peace POLI32071 20 Optional
Race, Ethnicity, Migration POLI32162 20 Optional
Identity, Power & Modernity SOCY30171 20 Optional
A Sense of Inequality: Everyday Understandings of Inequality SOCY30241 20 Optional
Alternative Economies - Ordinary Economies SOCY30252 20 Optional
Power and Protest SOCY30461 20 Optional
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Facilities

You will benefit from access to:

  • one of the UK's largest academic libraries;
  • 24/7 access to computer facilities across campus;
  • a wide variety of extra-curricular facilities, all in the heart of the UK's most popular student city.

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Disability support

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