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What makes Politics at Worcester special?

Passionate about politics? Politics has never been so exciting. Our joint Politics courses examine contemporary international political issues such as Brexit, EU membership, migration, anti-establishment politics, identity politics, globalisation, as well as Westminster politics.

At Worcester you will analyse historical and contemporary national/international political systems in Europe, China, the Middle-East and the U.S. Our programme additionally explores classical, Enlightenment and contemporary political philosophies. You will learn how to evaluate political theory, to compare political systems across the globe, and to engage critically with a range of international political challenges.

Politics is a lively course with small, friendly modules and an active community of students passionate about debate and engagement with today's global political challenges. 

For more information about this course, please follow our Politics Course Twitter account and Politics Society Twitter Account.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Specialist careers advice and work-based learning that will increase your employability in a competitive jobs market.
  • Pursue a career in academia, politics, teaching, journalism, media, the civil service, local government or the charity sector.
  • A multi-disciplinary and flexible degree that is tailored around your specific interests and will provide you with adaptable employability skills.
  • A wide range of optional / mandatory modules on British / European politics and international relations.
  • Regular Politics trips and events, including to Hughenden (the home of Disraeli) and Parliament, as well as visits from local councillors and MPs.
  • Innovative use of technology enhanced learning and online platforms encouraging digital literacy, engagement, and employability in a digital economy.
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS Website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Democracy, Politics, and Philosophy: from Plato to Present (30 credits)
  • Identity Politics (30 credits)

60 mandatory credits from your joint combination

Year 2

Mandatory

  • European Political Philosophy: Enlightenment, Ideology, and Revolution (30 credits)

Optional

  • Politics Work Project (15 credits) 
  • Geographies of Development (15 credits)
  • The American Century, 1917-2001 (30 credits) 
  • Conflict, Stability and Change: Twentieth-Century Britain (30 credits)
  • Suffrage, Sexuality and Struggle: Women's History, 1900-2000 (15 credits)
  • Japan's World, 1854-1951 (15 credits)
  • Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland, 1690-1848 (15 credits)
  • Reporting Politics I (15 credits)
  • People, Environment and Social Change (15 credits)
  • 'Race’ and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain (15 credits)
  • Language and Power (15 credits)     

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Politics: Westminster, Power, and International Relations (15 credits)  

Optional

  • Independent study (30 credits) 
  • Politics Independent Project (15 credits)
  • Political Geography (15 credits)
  • Nazi Germany, 1933-45 (15 credits)
  • British Imperialism, 1784-1972 (30 credits)
  • Reporting Politics II (15 credits)
  • War, Democracy and the Media (15 credits)
  • Green Media (15 credits)
  • 'Race,’ Ethnicity and Education (15 credits)
  • Capitalism and Globalisation (15 credits)  
  • The History and Politics of Anglo-Jewry, 1858-1945 (15 credits)      
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of workshops, interactive lectures, seminars, directed study, tutorials, and student-led sessions.

The Politics BA (Hons) Module Resource Lists will support your learning experience. You will have direct access to e-books, online journals, websites, newspapers, data, as well as media recommended by the tutors. Throughout your degree, our Politics Academic Liaison Librarian will offer friendly guidance and support specific to each student.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course. You have an opportunity to book one-to-one tutorials with the lecturers on all modules (to discuss approaches to forthcoming assignments, for example).

This will include engagement with technology enhanced learning, online learning and teaching platforms, and a range of technologies designed to promote digital literacy and employability in a digital economy.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 9-12 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to work on your independent study (dissertation).

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Lecturers
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Practical exercises
  • Directed study
  • Practice assessments
  • Student-led learning

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve directed reading in preparation for the following week's seminars and independent researching and writing upcoming assessments.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent research learning facilities, including the award winning Hive library, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources (e-books, e-journals, newspapers, visual media, etc.).

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include essays, source analyses, oral presentations, examinations, dissertation, literature reviews, learning journals, projects and portfolios.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
POLP mandatory module includes an essay and critical report.
POLP optional modules include essays, source/document analyses, portfolios, examinations, and a practical report.

Year 2
POLP mandatory module includes an essay and a report. You will also have the opportunity to engage in work-based learning/assessment (journal).
POLP optional modules include essays, document analyses, examinations, an individual article, news reports, a reflective journal, a policy briefing, a policy review paper, an individual/group presentation, and oral history interview.

Year 3
POLP mandatory module includes a discussion paper. You will also complete an independent study.
POLP optional modules include essays, a timed documentary analysis, projects, an examination, a news story, a document analysis, portfolios, a case study, and an article review.

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments. You will also receive feedback on draft chapters of your dissertation. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

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Luke Devine

Dr Luke Devine (Lecturer in Politics)

Luke’s teaching specialisms include contemporary politics, political philosophy, ‘race’/ethnicity, gender, and anti-Semitism. Luke’s research specialisms are in mystical Jewish literature, fin-de-siècle Anglo-Jewish literature, gender in Judaism and Jewish theology, and Shoah and post-Shoah theologies. Luke’s most recent publications include “‘I Sleep, but my Heart Waketh’: Contiguity between Heinrich Heine’s “Imago” of the Shulamite and Amy Levy’s ‘Borderland’” (2017), and “Shekhinah as ‘Shield’ to Israel: Refiguring the Role of Divine Presence in Jewish Tradition and the Shoah (2016).

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Dr Simon Hardy

Simon and has lectured at Worcester in Sociology and Media & Cultural Studies since 1995, with specialisms in the history of sexuality, the sociology of pornography and contemporary media coverage of warfare.

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Dr David Storey

David has an eclectic range of research and teaching interests covering aspects of territory and identity, sport and place, rural change and development.

David has also published widely on these topics and have delivered papers at various international conferences. He has been involved in a number of research and consultancy projects for a range of external organisations.

Dr Wendy Toon

Wendy Toon is an historian of the United States of America, specialising in the twentieth century. She is currently writing Images of the Enemy: American Constructions of the Germans and Japanese in World War Two (Routledge, forthcoming 2020).

She is Course Leader for BA History. Wendy Toon joined the University of Worcester in September 2002. She previously held positions at Staffordshire University and Keele University, and was a Royal Historical Society Fellow (Peter Marshall Fellowship) at the Institute of Historical Research.  

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Mike Webb

Mike teaches across Politics and Sociology undergraduate courses with particular emphases on crime, political campaigning, the world of work, and social welfare.

His teaching also draws on his varied background as a former economics researcher, national organiser of a youth movement, special school teacher, and lecturer in media.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

In the second year of your Politics course, you will engage in subject-related work experience through the Politics Work Project (POLP 2105) module. You will spend time each week working within an organisation such as the local council, a political party (or MP) or a campaign group. Following your placement, you will then write a reflective assignment about your experience.

In addition, volunteering opportunities with local and regional organisations are regularly publicised to students. You will also receive regular careers advice from our Careers & Employability Service throughout your degree.

Graduates of University of Worcester have gone on to work in many different sectors including

  • Political parties
  • Teaching
  • The police
  • The probation service
  • Housing
  • The civil service
  • Local government and planning
  • Pressure groups
  • Think-tanks
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Charities
  • The media
  • Journalism
  • Social work.

Your BA (Hons) Politics degree will enable you to show employers your adaptability and multi-disciplinary subject knowledge of domestic and international politics. You will also develop transferable skills in written and verbal communication, research and data analysis, through interpreting a range of sources and perspectives. BA (Hons) Politics will also prepare you for further postgraduate study.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Politics BA (Hons) must be studied in combination with another course. The Joint combinations available are:

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry into full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK. For the latest information, check the UCAS website at www.ucas.com

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Luke Devine

Course Leader and Admissions Tutor