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BA (Hons) Politics *

UCAS code: 
L200
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)

BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation

Introduction

During a period of profound and unprecedented political upheaval, a degree in politics will equip you with the skills necessary to succeed in a changing world.

Politics is about power, ideas and values. Politics at Suffolk will give you the knowledge and space to engage deeply with both political practice and political theory and philosophy.

As well as exploring British and international political structures, our course offers a distinct focus on ‘political action’ across party politics, campaigns and community politics. The backbone of this degree is your involvement in project work and applied research.

Throughout the course, we maintain a critical focus on how political ideas and policies translate into ‘real, felt’ political action and outcomes ‘on the ground’. This includes relating established and emerging theory to issues of contemporary social justice and social policy.

Politics graduates have an important range of analytical, data and organisational skills applicable to a full range of graduate opportunities.

Jobs directly related to a politics degree include Government and Civil Service roles, covering public affairs, consultancy and research. Jobs in the field of marketing, media, public relations, and local government are also popular.

The political landscape is changing. New dynamic relationships are being forged between the left and right, and between localism, nationalism and globalism. There has never been a more exciting time to study politics.

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Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

History of Political Thought (Mandatory)

This module introduces the important ideas in the history of political thought from Aristotle to Marx and J.S. Mill. It then explores political and social order, legitimacy, justice, power, authority, rights, liberty, sovereignty, and democracy as developed in the 19th and 20th century.

Politics and Policy (Requisite)

This module will introduce students to political concepts, principles and operation of politics in the UK. It will provide allow politics to be viewed through the range of responses to social issues and problems, in particular those perceived as being related to crime and deviance.

Current Political Disputes (Requisite)

This module aims to explore a range of specific disputes or problems at the local, national, regional and global level. Through the exploration of historical context and relevant political ideas and concepts students can get to grips with the complexity of political concepts.

Grassroots Politics and Activism (Requisite)

This module outlines the key elements of political organisation and offers the chance to engage in small group projects exploring the important practical nature of doing politics understood in its widest way.

Migration and Ethnicity (Optional)

The module will look into the history of people’s movement across the globe. Moreover, a focus on migration also includes discussions about different causes of migration, and its voluntary and forced forms, as well as asylum seeking.

Social Change (Optional)

This module will introduce the major aspects of social change that have led to and developed within modern societies. The emphasis will be upon structural changes in Britain and Europe.

Environment and Society (Optional)

This module explores the link between the environment, human behaviour and how this shapes our lives. Themes explores will include climate change, cities, natural resources, the use of land, often highlighting the recent increase in human shaping of the natural world. 

Contemporary Political Theory (Requisite)

The module studies the rise and evolution of a number of systems of thought such as Marxism and post-Marxism, post-colonialism and the critique of eurocentrism in political thought, Liberalism and Neoliberalism, Conservatism and Neo-conservatism, as well as the dark side of the 20th century by looking at Nazism, Fascism, Neo-Nazism, and racism. You will have the opportunity to explore questions such as the restriction of the citizens’ rights in the name of security and safety, civil disobedience, global warning, the rise of populism, the effect of identity politics on the public sphere, the politics of austerity, animal welfare and others.

Social Justice and Policy (Requisite)

To have a fairer society has been a rallying call for many political thinkers, politicians and activist over the past few hundred years. This module examines the nature of social justice and the range of policies that have sought to make societies fairer.

Political Argumentation and Persuasion (Requisite)

This module will develop a range of skills relating to organisation and communication with a particular focus on argument and negotiation. In this way, the module deals with a central question of the mechanisms by which politics takes place. The module will use case studies and group work to develop skills and provides a key element of the University of Suffolk approach to politics.

Political Discourse (Optional)

The module introduces students to the important role of language in politics. It explores the role of speech, words, phrases, and images in politics.

Political Sociology (Optional)

This module critically explores the major currents of Political Sociology. We aim to identify key topics, concepts and theorists that are highly influential in contemporary scholarship in this field. The starting point is to analyse the relations between state, society, and political agents in the contemporary world.

Globalisation (Option)

This module intends to examine definitions of globalisation, the dimensions of globalisation and the evidence to evaluate the extent to which globalisation is now a key element in important aspects of social life. This module will allow students of sociology should be able to engage with these debates by evaluating a range of data and arguments about globalisation.

Political Geography: Territory and Power (Optional)

Much conventional politics takes place in the standard power containers of the modern world, that of nation states. This module aims to explore the changing shape of political geography and the power shifts that lead to the emergence and dissolution of political units.

The Cold War (Optional)

This module explores the international origins, course and consequences of the Cold War, from the end of the Second World War to 1991 (and beyond).

Political Engagement and Professional Development (Mandatory)

This module aims to prepare students for life after graduation. It offer students the chance to undertake a work placement or work shadowing or other relevant activity. There will work on leadership as part of the way the module aims to allow students to build in confidence and develop plans and skills to take control of their future.

Comparative Politics (Requisite)

Comparative politics is about exploring how different human communities make decisions. Most decisions still take place within nation states and the aim of comparative politics is to allow for an understanding of different ways that people organize their politics or have them organized by others for them. This module will allow students to develop a knowledge of the operation of other European and Asian political systems. It will allow an exploration of different forms of democratic and authoritarian government.

Gender, Sexuality and Culture (Optional)

Gender and sexuality are an everyday experience for most people and impact on their daily lives. However, great complexity surrounds gender and sexuality in a contemporary society and culture. The module will consider theoretical aspects, as well as, it will look at different ways of researching gender and sexuality.

International Development (Optional)

The increase in levels of human development along a range of measures is one of the largest consequences of changes over the last 50 years. This module will examine the very real tensions between globalisation that increases inequality and globalisation that increases human development.

A History of Genocide (L5 prerequisite) (Optional)

Explore the causes and course of various episodes of genocide throughout world history, including particular case studies focusing on the Native Americans, Armenia, the Jewish Holocaust, Cambodia and Rwanda. This module explores many difficult areas of intentions of certain people and groups to seek the destruction of other groups often using the mechanisms of state power to attempt to achieve this.

Human Rights (Optional)

This module explores the national, international and comparative dimensions of human rights discourse and legal protection with an emphasis on substantive themes of direct relevance to criminal justice. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the key strands in the philosophy of human rights, the principal legal human rights regimes, and appreciate that human rights is a contested field.

Community, Crime and Crime Prevention (Optional)

This module will look at the practical measure taken to attempt to reduce crime and evaluate their effectiveness. A focus on community resources and characteristics is a key part of this evaluation.

Career opportunities

Politics graduates are highly employable due to having a variety of analytical and organisational skills.

Careers that graduates may progress in to include civil service fast streamer, government social research officer, politician's assistant, public affairs consultant, public relations account executive or social researcher.

Politics graduates have a range of transferable skills and may choose to pursue a career as a human resources officer, local government officer, market researcher, marketing executive, newspaper journalist or public relations officer.

Fees and finance

2018-19         

Subject to approval of maximum fee by parliament                    

  • Full-time Tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time Tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credit module (Please contact the Infozone for further information).
  • International Tuition fee: £11,500 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

2018 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Plus GCSE grade A-C including English and Mathematics (or equivalent) or new GCSEs grade 4-9.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.  

Staff

Dean, School of Law and Social Sciences

Associate Professor in Sociology

Senior Lecturer

Lecturer in Sociology

Lecturer in History

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Associate Professor in Criminology