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Politics BA(Hons)

2023-24 (also available for 2024-25)

It’s not too late to apply for September.
It’s not too late to apply for September.

Start date

18 September 2023

Duration

3 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC-BCC

BTEC - DMM-MMM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

40

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. You’ll participate in a course which places employability at its very heart. You'll take part in an enterprise challenge and gain real world experience in a work placement which will allow you to put your knowledge into practice.
  2. You’ll hear first-hand experiences and viewpoints from guest speakers such as MPs, academic researchers, practitioners, and political figures.
  3. You’ll have the opportunity to study in an intimate community where your interests are key to us, plus you’ll be able to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities, such as our active Politics Society which gives you the chance to see politics in action.

Why study Politics?

Some of the decisions that are made in governments and other institutions can have a huge effect on our lives, particularly now that we live in a truly globalised society. This course aims to give you an understanding of how those decisions are made, and encourages you to take an in-depth look at issues such as conflict resolution, democratisation and development, and systems of governance. But politics is not a spectator sport, it is not just something that one studies from a distance; this course aims to prepare you to participate in politics, arming you with the skills necessary to make a difference in the world and tackle the global challenges that face us in the contemporary world.

We'll give you the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of political processes and institutions, focusing specifically on British politics. You could look at political parties, political leadership, policy-making and elections, as well as political philosophy and global political issues.

How will you learn?

  • In your second and third years, you can choose from a range of specialist modules to gain a deeper understanding of the aspects of your subject that interest you the most.
  • We’ll provide you with the opportunity to understand the theory and apply it in the work environment, through the ‘Working in Politics’ module in your second year. From working for an MP to helping at a non-governmental organisation (NGO), educational institution or media outlet, or perhaps running your own political campaign, you’ll be given the chance to gain some practical experience in a professional setting.
  • In your second year you may have the opportunity to study abroad for a term.
  • You’ll have the chance to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. You could also benefit from guest lecturers such as MPs and political figures, and engage in student-led debates.
  • We encourage you to get involved with the active student Politics Society to gain practical experience. This is increasingly valuable as employers are looking for graduates who have transferable skills, such as the ability to put forward an argument.

Course detail

Core modules:

Applied Politics

This module will introduce you to a number of ways in which the concept of politics can be applied to everyday life and provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills to apply yourself confidently to the study of politics. You’ll explore what politics means and how different topics can be understood through political research and how methods and knowledge can be applied to examine the political currents of social and cultural life. You’ll have the chance to develop your own ideas and work with others to produce ways of informing and educating a wider audience about ideas and issues.

Democracy and its Discontents

This module will introduce you to the skills and knowledge you will need to understand the dynamics of decision-making and power in the modern world. You’ll learn how to assess the effectiveness of state and supra-national institutions and use comparative approaches in the study of politics to chart developments in democratic and authoritarian states across the globe.

Human Rights in a Global World

You’ll examine the history of Human Rights and consider the debates which exist in contemporary global society. You’ll be introduced to several issues including genocide, the death penalty, freedom of expression, immigration, the rights of women and children, assisted suicide and abortion. Key documents including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act will also be discussed.

Political Theory: A Beginner’s Guide

This module introduces you to the key themes in political and ethical theory. You’ll explore the core ideas of philosophical greats such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Kant, Mill and Marx and the key questions that have been at the forefront of great minds over the ages.

Sociological Inquiry

The module aims to develop a sociological toolkit you can use throughout your studies. It covers issues related to social research methods and provides a more holistic view of 'inquiry'. You’ll have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in four different areas of sociological inquiry including thinking, exploring, reading, and writing. You’ll explore key concepts that explain distinctive components of sociological inquiry, such as sociological sense, defamiliarization of the familiar, critical reading and being reflexive. You’ll also reflect on processes involved in the construction of sociological knowledge and consider how epistemology, personal values and biography inform sociological practices.

Entry requirements

BBC-BCCat A Level .

112-104 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a grade B in an A Level or a Distinction in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or National Extended Certificate.

Merit at T Level

DMM-MMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above
  • 112-104 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.

Applicants with or without standard entry requirements are welcomed, however you must have acceptable evidence of your suitability for the course, such as another relevant qualification. You may wish to contact us for advice before applying if this is the situation.

We are keen to support a wide and diverse range of applicants on to our courses. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


This course includes a module entitled ‘Working in Politics’ in the second year, providing the opportunity to undertake a work placement. You may also use the module to develop a campaign and/or be politically enterprising. This is designed to enhance your academic and personal development through work experience that shapes your key skills and increases your confidence for future employability.

Your placement module tutor will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

Previous students have worked for their placement with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the civil service, national and local government, Members of Parliament and political parties.

For more information visit our placements page.

My placement working in an MPs office allowed me to explore my passions in politics and confirmed that I wanted to work in politics in the future. This opportunity will help me secure a job in the future and has put me ahead of other graduates who don't have the same real-world experience.

None

Scarlett Black, graduated from Politics BSc(Hons) in 2019, and is now a Caseworker at the House of Commons

Your career


Previous Huddersfield Politics students have gone on to work in formal or electoral politics, education, the media, business, public services, and within local and national government. **

 

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area were in work and/or further study within fifteen months after graduating (Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20, including both UK and non-UK domiciled, other activities excluded)              

 

**LinkedIn.

100% Graduates employed*

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A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances, extension requests, course progression, suspension and welfare support, organising appointments with academic staff and signposting to other support networks.

Academic Skills Development Team: support students to develop their academic skills and build their confidence in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with academic skills including essay writing, being critical, reflective writing, numeracy, research skills, presentations and group work skills; as well as personal development for example time management.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Brightspace Learning System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing and using modules, and with the PebblePad platform, which is used by students when they go out on placements.

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Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

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