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Goldsmiths, University of London

Politics and International Relations

UCAS Code: L2L5

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Politics

This degree provides a grounding in some of the major aspects of politics and international relations. You'll learn about international systems and global governance political theory, UK, European and US politics, international political economy and undertake area-based studies of Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

**Why study BA Politics with International Relations at Goldsmiths?**
- We offer a distinctive approach that combines the study of politics and international relations, giving you the opportunity to gain broad knowledge and experience of both disciplines.

- The Department of Politics and International Relations provides a lively interdisciplinary environment, specialising in the study of institutions and conflicts in a way that crosses boundaries between traditional understandings of political phenomena.

- You’ll be able to choose from an unusually wide range of module options which explore the aesthetics of terrorism, critical approaches to security, the politics of development, US politics and foreign policy, the geopolitics of the Middle East, and contemporary movements from the Arab Spring to ISIS. We offer a range of area-based modules covering the Middle East, China and East Asia, Africa and Latin America.

- We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political arguments, theories and ideas.

- Our unique work placement module gives you the opportunity to gain work experience relevant to the degree and we also give you the opportunity to study abroad.

Modules

Year 1 (credit level 4)
In your first year, you take a total of 120 credits comprised of these compulsory modules:
Political Theory and Ideologies
UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics
World Politics

You then take either:
Introduction to Political Economy
Introduction to Economic Policy

or the following 30 credit module:
Colonialism, Power and Resistance

Year 2 (credit level 5)
In your second year, you must take the following two modules:
Global Governance and World Order
Contemporary International Relations Theories

Your remaining 90 credits are made up from these options:
Making Modern Japan
Chinese Politics: The Revolutionary Era
US Politics and Foreign Policy
Europe Since 1945
Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain
International Trade
International Monetary Economics
Liberalism and its Critics
Life: A User's Manual
Modern Britain: Politics from 1979 - today
Modern Political Theory
Political Economy
International Politics of the Middle East
Politics of Vision
Rough Politics

Year 3 (credit level 6)
In your third year, you write a research dissertation (30 credits) and take the following compulsory module:
Citizenship and Human Rights

You then make up the remaining 90 credits from a list of modules provided by the department, which currently includes:
An(other) China: Streetscenes of Politics
An(other) IR – Views from the South
Anarchism
Beyond All Reason
Britain and Europe
Colonialism and Non-Western Political Thought
Rhetoric and Politics
Work Placement
Ethics and Economics of Environmental Protection
Feminist Politics
Finance and the Global Political Economy
International Political Economy 2
Liberal Government and Power
Political Islam: Ideology and Discourse
Nationalist Conflict and International Intervention
New Radical Political Economy
Political Economy of the European Union
Politics of Conflict and Peacebuilding in Contemporary Africa
An(other) Japan: Politics, Ideology and Culture
The Political Economy of International Development Assistance
Politics of Popular Music
Armed Politics and Political Violence
Feminist Economics

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Politics and International Relations

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

74%
low
Politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
45%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
79%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
47%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Other administrative occupations
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£26k

£26k

£31k

£31k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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