Economics and Politics BSc (Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Economics and Politics affect us all. On this course you’ll study how the subjects interlink and shape societies locally, nationally and globally.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

BTEC - DDM

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

L2L1

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472272

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.

Since being elected as a local Member of Parliament in 2010 I have regularly engaged with the politics course at the University of Huddersfield. I have taken part in debates and events at the University and have hosted students for work placements in my constituency and down in the Houses of Parliament. I have always been impressed by the quality of students and lecturers on the course. As Co Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, I particularly appreciate the constructive engagement and debate around devolution for Yorkshire. I look forward to working with them for many years to come.

Jason McCartney, Member of Parliament for Colne Valley

Placements


The course includes a compulsory 90 hour (15 days) work placement in your second year, related to the discipline of politics, where you will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have learnt on your course in a work setting. Previous placement providers have included working with elected representatives, charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and educational institutions.

If you choose to study the 4 year sandwich course, you will undertake your placement year after your second year. This placement is supported by the Business School and undertaken for the duration of 48 weeks, during which time you will receive two visits from a placement tutor. You will also be allocated a placement mentor from your organisation, who will ease your integration into the organisation and take responsibility for your supervision. The actual content of your placement will vary according to the opportunities available within differing employing organisations.

I worked in a secondary school with English as an additional language pupils. The work placement allowed me to bridge my understanding of the political philosophies and theories that I studied and apply my knowledge to real-life situations.

Elliot Wheat-Bowen, graduated Politics Bsc(Hons)2016

Elliott Wheat-Bowen, graduated Politics BSc(Hons) in 2016

Entry requirements

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

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

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.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Student story


Find out what student life is really like from our current student Yusuf who is studying Politics BSc(Hons).

Yusuf attended an Open Day and liked how the course structure balanced both domestic and international politics. At Huddersfield, we believe that politics is more than just a spectator sport. We believe that to study politics, you have to live, breathe and participate in politics. Watch Yusuf's film to learn more about how the 2010 elections changed his approach and thinking to politics and how his work placement gave him an insight into the reality of working in politics.

Course Detail

Core modules:

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.

Teaching and Assessment

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. 12% 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.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

*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.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions.

*Source: Percentage of graduates from these subject areas who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers Survey 2014/15).

90-95%Graduates employed*

Student support

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.

Important information

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.

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

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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