Politics will appeal to those who have an interest in current affairs and the changing political landscape in the 21st century. Studying Politics offers the opportunity to engage in contemporary political debates, develop knowledge and understanding of current issues of political or constitutional importance.
Having acquired a structured foundation of political knowledge the course goes on to develop a deeper understanding of the ideas, processes and relationships that shape the evolution of political systems and the lives of citizens. Politics in the UK is studied in the context of the EU and the wider world. The first year course introduces the subject through the study of core UK political procedures and institutions. These include democracy and political participation, party policies and ideas, elections and pressure groups. Also, political processes around key institutions such as the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Parliament, the Constitution and judges and civil liberties. The second year follows the Global Politics route. This explores global governance and key political issues such as national sovereignty, war, poverty, the environment and human rights in the global context. It also entails developing knowledge of the nature of, and theories of, international relations.