About the course
In today’s globalised world, economics and political systems have become increasingly interlinked. This course gives you the chance to study both disciplines together, understanding how the theory relates to what’s going on in the world today, and how it affects the social, political and economic problems that societies are facing.
On this course you’ll study modules from both Politics and Economics. The economics side of things will help you understand how resources are distributed and used from both a macroeconomic and microeconomic perspective. This will involve statistics and assessment tools used by today’s economists to analyse policy and international trends. The politics modules will include topics such as the study of political institutions, as well as the social and political issues that are affecting us nationally and globally.
At Huddersfield, politics isn’t simply a theoretical discipline; it’s a subject where you’re encouraged to get active, take part and make a difference. So we'll provide you with the opportunity to gain work experience by going on a placement in your second year, working in a political setting. You could be working for an elected representative, local government or a charitable organisation.
If you choose to study the four-year sandwich course, you could take a year-long placement as a full-time employee in a business.
During the course we’ll help you develop personal, professional and academic skills that could make all the difference when pursuing your chosen career. Whether you want to work in local or central government, management consultancy, education, industry or manufacturing, it’s all about building up the transferable skills that employers are looking for.
You’ll also benefit from guest lectures delivered by Members of Parliament and other political figures, engage with student-led debates and take part in the active student Politics Society.
The Politics provision at Huddersfield is impressive. The courses offer up-to-date content, delivered and assessed in engaging and innovative ways. The modules are underpinned by fine research and scholarship. The courses are designed to advance not only the academic skills of the students, but a considerable amount of attention is also given to embedding and developing the transferable skills that will serve graduates well in the job market.
Dr Eamonn O'Kane, External Examiner
Introduction to Macroeconomics
You'll explore concepts in macroeconomics that provide the basis for second year study of applied macroeconomics. You'll be supported to develop a basic level of mathematical analysis through application of related macroeconomics concepts, and to apply analytical skills based on macroeconomics theories to understand and explain various macroeconomic phenomena such as unemployment, recession and inflation.
Introduction to Microeconomics
You'll explore economic concepts and theories through a critical consideration of current economic issues, problems and institutions that affect everyday life. You'll have the opportunity to apply economic concepts and theories in a range of contexts to understand individual, household, firm and government decisions, and come to appreciate their value and limitations in explaining real world phenomena.
Introduction to Politics
This module introduces you to conceptual and empirical issues in British and international politics. Through a group presentation and coursework you will explore evolution and reform in modern British politics, particularly through the lens of theories of the state. You will also be encouraged to explore the global as a realm of politics and engage with core debates and analytical frameworks through a final exam.
Issues in Justice; Ethics and Citizenship
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. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework, where you will create a YouTube style video and an essay.
This module will advance your understanding of macroeconomics. The module objective is for you to use quantitative techniques and gain an understanding of how these might be useful in theoretical and applied economics, as well as learning something about their limitations. The main purpose of this module is to develop a deeper understanding of modern macroeconomics. It will help develop analysis and policymaking skills as well as enhancing your ability to critically analyse the implications of macroeconomic issues for business and financial decision-making.
This module explores the fundamental concepts and techniques of intermediate microeconomic analysis and should help to prepare you for microeconomic based modules in the final year of your degree. This module provides you with the opportunity to study the application of microeconomic theory to issues and problems such as decision making of individuals, households and firms, strategic behaviours and market failures.
Democracy and Democratisation
This module examines how democracy works in both theory and practice. You'll explore various contrasting models of democracy, plus a number of political and social challenges to democracy through written coursework. You'll then examine how political researchers have analysed the global spread of democracy, through written coursework. Both aspects of this module will be assessed through an exam.
Professional Work Placement Module
This module gives you the opportunity to gain practical work experience within a political environment, which aims to enhance your academic and personal career development. You'll undertake a 15 day (90 hour) placement which will be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly you'll complete an online reflective blog of your experiences. Secondly you'll produce a written assignment based on your experience, which links theory with practice by demonstrating an awareness of how your academic learning and placement were integrated in a chosen policy area.
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This module will familiarise you with different perspectives on international trade and international finance. You'll cover both ‘old’ and ‘new’ trade theories as well as selected trade policy issues. The objective is to enable you to analyse critically economic issues that result from a country’s interaction with other countries, i.e. trade with other countries, international factor movements, trade and balance of payments imbalances, exchange rate volatility, debts and currency crises.
In the first term you will be introduced to British economic history from the Post-World War II period to the 2010s. The key topics addressed are the structure and performance of the British economy, the role of the state in economic development, and also Britain’s changing position in the global economy. In the second term you will learn about the economic and social problems faced by developing countries, especially British Commonwealth countries and discuss possible policy recommendations. Assessment is an individual assignment and an exam.
The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad.
Economic Theory and Applications
This module will give you the opportunity to deepen your understanding of economics by analysing issues from an applied economic perspective. It will help support you to develop your understanding of economic theory and consider how economic analysis may assist decision making in society and the limitations of the role of economists. This, in turn, will help you understand recent dilemmas in UK and international economic performance and policy making.
Final Year Project for the Social Sciences
You'll research a topic of your choice in depth, giving you the opportunity to develop your own research interests. Drawing on the area you have chosen to study, you'll engage with issues of project design and research methods. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly through an oral presentation you'll discuss your project proposal. You'll then produce a dissertation about your research topic. You'll receive individual support from a dedicated staff member in supervision sessions, which will include providing feedback on up to 25% of the final draft of the project (if submitted by an agreed date).
Politics option modules
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Humanity 2.0: Living and Participating in the Digital Age
This module will allow you to explore the impact that the digital age has had on society and the possibilities it holds for greater enhancement. It invites you to reflect upon your assumptions about the use of technology in society, and what barriers exist to full citizenship participation within society. You'll be assessed in two ways. Firstly you'll create a multimedia presentation as coursework to reflect upon the nature of technology in society, and secondly you'll write a 3,000 word essay analysing how the citizen should operate within the digital age.
Film and Cinema
This module is a great choice if you have an interest or maybe even a passion for film, and want to explore the ways in which cultural, economic, sociological, and political issues have been represented from the 1960s to the present day. You'll watch specific films and then have a combination of lectures and workshops focused on each one to guide your learning. The module is assessed via coursework, starting with a short review, progressing to a scene analysis and finishing with a written case study.
Terrorism and Conflict Resolution
Through this module you'll be supported to develop a critical understanding of the ways in which terrorism has been defined. You'll demonstrate this understanding through coursework, involving a written assignment. Debates about legitimacy and political violence will be applied to a number of case studies, allowing you to explore the motivations of different groups who have used violence as a political strategy. This will be assessed through an exam.
The Government and Politics of Europe
You'll examine the history, structure and impact of the European Union (EU) and delve into broader trends in European politics. Through coursework involving an essay you'll explore the reasons for European integration and learn about the structure of the EU and the workings of its institutions, including Parliament, Commission and Council of Ministers. You'll also analyse areas of contention in EU politics and assess the impact of the EU on its citizens, domestic member state politics and international affairs. Wider issues such as expansion and the question of democratic accountability will also be considered and assessed through an exam.
Economics option modules
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Airport Economics Operations and Development
This module provides insight knowledge of airport economics, airport operations and airport management. It features those aspects which have particular relevance and application to those of you who hope to work for airports, airlines and other related sectors. The module is based on theory and practice and shows how to combine theoretical aspects with practical issues in the airport sector. More specifically it seeks to help make you aware of the economic, operational and managerial challenges and problems with regard to airports. CAA regulations will be used as a basis. The module is assessed through a written assignment and an exam.
Business and the Entrepreneur
Entrepreneurship, enterprise and innovation are all key words in contemporary business. This module considers the theory and practice of entrepreneurship in the current world business climate. Together we range from the large corporation to the small business and from the UK to the Far East.
This module introduces you to econometrics which means applied economics and the analysis of large data sets in a range of settings, capturing potentially complex relationships between variables. You'll have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the key methods used in econometric analysis and be able to demonstrate knowledge of the potential problems and solutions to apply in such situations.
This module considers the issues relating to Business and the Environment in a European context. It relates to the role of legislation and market forces in the important area of sustainable development. As it is a current issue presentation topics are selected by you bringing in current articles from the press related to environmental issues and we group them into relevant topic areas.
This module considers the fundamental issue of competitiveness and helps you to consider a strategic perspective on globalisation. You'll explore the benefits of location (such as costs, consumer preferences and technology) and the internationalisation of business through the impact of multinationals and global supply chains. In term 2 you'll focus on international business functions such as marketing and human resources.
Monetary and Financial Framework
This module helps you to develop an advanced understanding of central banking, financial markets and regulatory practice. Theory, policy and practice are explored to keep apace with fast moving and ever changing business environments.
Transport Economics and Policy
This module aims to provide you with the necessary tools and in-depth knowledge that will give you the opportunity to develop a thorough understanding of a wide range of contemporary transport issues. These are analysed and set primarily within a policy and economics context suitable for the level of study. The module builds upon concepts developed in year one and two.
This module considers the strategic decisions taken by firms relating to key competitive variables such as pricing, advertising, research and development, mergers and acquisitions. You’ll come to understand how firm decision making is affected by industry structure and the implications of those decisions for industry structure. The module also explores the impact of regulatory regimes on firms’ decision-making.
You will be taught through seminars, group work, lectures, presentations, written reports, case studies and individual tuition. Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination. 18% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
BBBat A Level
120 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.
DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
In addition you must have GCSE Maths at grade 4 or above, or grade C or above if awarded under the previous GCSE grading scheme.
If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.
Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.
- Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
- We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
- Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for three years running*.
- For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
- We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.
*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017 and 2018.
**Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.
At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services
A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school 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 and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.
Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.
Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.
Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.
Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
Changes to a course you have applied for
If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.
Changes to your course after you enrol as a student
We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:
Changes to option modules
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.
We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.
For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.
Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.
Termination of course
In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.
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