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Politics BA (Hons)

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Overview

Examine the key political issues relevant to the global community today as you develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of society. This course combines political theory, political science, political economy, area studies and international relations to provide an in-depth study of contemporary politics.

Politics students study newspapers, media, legislation and processes

6 reasons to study Politics here

Great teaching: Academic staff actively develop their networks with external organisations to enable placement opportunities.
Professional links: We maintain good relationships with local parliamentary constituency offices.
Learning resources: You'll have access to a variety of helpful resources, including the Perry Library, indeed the University is the No.1 London Modern University for Learning Resources (National Student Survey 2016).
Voluntary work experience: Take advantage of our placement scheme and secure work experience in MP's constituency offices and the European Parliament.
Strong alumni network: Become part of an 80,000-strong LSBU alumni network.
Overall excellence: No.3 in London Modern Universities for overall score in Politics (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).

This degree course covers...

You'll examine key political issues that are relevant to the global community today. The areas that you'll study include:

  • genocide
  • human rights
  • religious activism
  • protest movements
  • environmental sustainability and activism
  • major political institutions, including the EU, the US, the UN
  • post-colonial states
  • war
  • terrorism
  • migration
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Methods of assessment for course overall: 71% coursework

Year 1

  • Introduction to political theory
    You'll be introduced to key ideas and concepts in political theory. These include democracy, freedom, justice and power. These ideas and concepts are explored in the social and historical contexts in which they developed. You'll also be encouraged to explore the way that these ideas and concept have been transformed historically and the manner in which they are mobilised in contemporary political debates.
  • Social and political problems
    In this module sociology and politics you'll have an opportunity to explore how particular issues become identified as a social or a political problem. Moreover you'll be encouraged to explore how these problems are contested. In addition you'll look at the implications of these problems for society and for politics. Seminars and workshops will be used to develop your understanding of social and political problems but also to engage them in activities that develop key writing and study skills
  • Revolutions, wars and the making of the modern world
  • Criminal justice, politics and policy
    This module introduces you to the policy making process that underpins the formation and implementation of public policy (criminal justice policy and social policy) in Britain. It will help you identify the key actors that shape the policy process as well as the social, political and economic factors that influence it. You'll also be introduced to the different providers of criminal justice programmes and social welfare
  • Politics, decision making and democracy
    The module is concerned with the key institutions and processes of British politics. It looks at the framework and the dynamics of the British system of government and aims to promote an understanding of the key issues and debates in contemporary British politics. There is a focus on the nature of power and its impact on decision making and policy development. The module looks at formal aspects of British politics including the role of political parties and the key role of ideology. Key institutions such as Prime Minister and Cabinet, Parliament and local government are investigated and analysed. The module looks also democracy beyond the formal realm including the role of pressure groups in the political process. There is also a focus on specific policy areas. 
  • War and social change in the 20th century
    This module is an introduction to aspects of world history in the period after the Second World War, building on the module Revolutions, Wars and Social Change I. It examines the origins of European integration and the development of the EU, the Cold War, Decolonisation, China under Mao Zedong and the impact of globalisation. It also looks at Britain in the postwar period. It ends by looking at contemporary history and new world orders

Year 2

    • European politics in transition
      The module looks at political processes in Europe in a comparative perspective. It aims to examine the factors that explain the continuity and stability of politics in Europe as well as the changes that have taken place over the last 2 decades. The module looks at ideology, power and decision making. There is a focus on political events and policy processes, looking at both individual nation states and the European Union. An organising theme of the module is the impact of the end of the cold war on the politics of Europe over the last 2 decades. 
    • Social research skills
      In the first half of this module you'll be introduced to basic issues in research design and methodology.  Topics covered include experimental design and random assignment, formulating research questions sampling and measurement.   In the second half of the module you'll learn the basics of statistical analysis and how to use SPSS.
    • Social theory and modern society
      The scope of this course is designed to provide a grounding in the study of modernity and an understanding of some of the central assumptions of sociological thought developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Focusing first on some defining features of modernity, the course combines an examination of some key themes within classical sociological thought such as class, bureaucracy and order, before moving on to consider the relationship between such theorisation and a number of substantive areas of social research and debate. The central section of the course explores the role and meaning of modernist institutions and epistemologies through a case study of the Holocaust. The course concludes with a review of some current critiques of modernity.
    • The environment, sustainability and climate change
      The scope of this course is designed to provide a grounding in the study of the politics of environmental sustainability. The module focuses firstly on the debate on environmental sustainability which includes the challenge by environmentalists that it is a contradiction. It also covers the defining features of the concept before moving on to the first part of the module which aims to conceptualise and theorise the environment and sustainability. Alternative approaches will also be examined including green theory, the free market and Marxist approaches. The second part of the module looks at increasing global competition for water, food, energy and oil. The politics of climate change and deforestation; transport and tourism; global security and justice will also be covered. The third part of the course focuses on case studies of organisations and movements involved in environmental sustainability. It includes IPCC; Copenhagen Climate Council; the Fair Trade Movement; Ethical Consumerism and the Environmental Movement. 
    • Globalisation and development
      This module introduces key concepts, issues and theoretical debates in development studies. The module locates the debates and issues that it explores within both an historical and global context and encourages students to explore the inter-dependence of the developed and developing world.

    Plus an option from the following modules:

  • Work placement
  • Making identities: citizenship, race and nation
    This module examines the processes that have shaped key facets of identity in contemporary societies. It does this by exploring modern sociological approaches to the analysis of three key identities, namely those based on citizenship, race and nation. We'll situate the origins and development of the study of these phenomena in the context of debates about the formation of social identities in modern states and societies. By taking notions such as citizenship, race and nation and examining their inter-relationship we'll provide a critical analysis of key sociological debates about the making of social and political identities. You'll explore important theoretical questions and debates and encourages you to think critically about their utility for the analysis of specific historical processes and contemporary situations. You'll be encouraged to think across the different boundaries of race and nation, gender and sexuality, as well as locality or environment in order to understand the different interrelationships between these forms of identity formation and citizenship in the modern world.
  • Gender difference and equality
    In the past few decades work on gender has been crucial in challenging mainstream sociological thought, and in making exciting and innovative contributions to sociological theory, methodology and policy.  The aim of this Module is to chart this history and to explore some of the key contemporary debates around gender.  It will build on the foundation work of feminist writers in challenging mainstream sociological thought and methodologies and then move on to examine issues of femininity, masculinity and gender difference in relation to the world of work, paid and unpaid, politics, social policy, the media and crime. This Module addresses equality and diversity by focusing on the issue of gender difference and equality through the study of historical and contemporary debates on a range of topical issues reflecting diversity and equality issues in contemporary British society.

Year 3

  • Contemporary dynamics of the world system
    This module draws on the disciplines of international political economy, political theory and international relations to explore central features of the contemporary international system. It introduces you to the major theoretical perspectives in international relations (including the dominant Realist perspective and its critics), and analyses the global power of the US and that of its rivals, including China. Alongside this theoretical and agent-based analysis the module also introduces you to a number of significant contemporary issues, including the debate on transnationalism, the international role of non-state actors, and the international politics of the environment.
  • Politics research project (double module)
  • American politics
    The module looks at the government and politics of the USA including selected aspects of political economy and society. Attention will be given to historical developments by examining political culture and the notion of American exceptionalism. There will be a focus on ideology and its link to religious and cultural values including an analysis of such phenomena as the 'Tea Party Movement'. Key institutions and issues analysed include the Presidency, Legislature and Supreme Court, the federal system, elections and electoral demography and political parties.

Plus an optional from the following modules:

  • Genocide and crimes against humanity
    This module explores the history of genocide in the twentieth century. It begins with an introduction to the concept of genocide. It then examines colonial genocides, the Armenian Genocide of 1915-16, the Nazi 'Final Solution', genocides in Cambodia, Yugoslavia and Rwanda. It analyses the dynamics of genocide – the processes and mechanisms of acts committed with the intention of destroying, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, religious or racial group – in order to shed light upon their origins and consequences. 
  • Politics and protest: new social and political movements
    This course will examine forms of social and political conflict characteristic of contemporary western societies. The main focus will be on understanding social movements and forms of political contention in the changing social structure of these societies. Although it has a contemporary western focus the course will situate discussion also in the context of historical and comparative material on social movements. The emphasis throughout however will be on examining the ability of social and political theory to understand the nature of political identity and its expression in social movements.
  • Sociology for the 21st century
    The world is changing. Huge advances in areas such as information technology, computing, communications, mobile devices, transport, and building techniques are changing the way we interact, do business, build cities, and go about our daily lives. How do the theories that have dominated sociological thinking relate to and comprehend these changes? Do we need new theories? This module will look at the latest sociological theories that are trying to understand what these changes are, how they affect society, and how sociology itself might have to change.
  • Race, culture and identity
    This module addresses the centrality of race and ethnicity to social relations. We'll analyse race and ethnicity within a changing scholarship and within their historical, cultural, political and theoretical contexts. Theoretical understandings of the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality will also be explored, highlighting their impact on all aspects of people’s lives. The complexities of analysing race, gender and sexuality are applied to representations in cultural forms, such as media and film. We'll also demonstrates how the concepts covered have been influential in shaping public policy.
  • Drugs and crime

Employability

Career opportunities

The skills and knowledge you'll gain studying at LSBU are highly valued by employers. This is highlighted by the fact that LSBU is the number one London Modern University for starting salaries (Sunday Times League Table 2016).

A humanities degree also has the real advantage of opening up careers in a number of professions such as teaching, the media, social work, administration, youth and community work, business, education, psychology and employment at various levels of government, including within foreign ministries and national UN delegations.

The degree will enhance your employability through our strong voluntary work placement scheme. Previous placements include working in the Bermondsey and Old Southwark constituency office of Simon Hughes MP, and a placement at the European Parliament in Brussels.

Career progression

The academic strength of our programmes has allowed many graduates to continue onto postgraduate degrees and academic research. At LSBU we offer a number of applied postgraduate courses (heavily linked to the Department's nationally and internationally recognised research activities).

Recent graduates from this course have become Education Programmes Administrative Assistants, Teachers and Community Workers as well as entering the field of academic research.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

Voluntary work placement scheme

In keeping with our applied approach to social and policy studies this Department has a strong voluntary work placement scheme. Our students have found their voluntary work experiences to be highly valuable. Through them they contribute to real world situations linked to their subject of interest. In many cases such involvement has enabled students to maintain a relationship with the organisation, by becoming a topic for their dissertation or a continued working relationship. Placements ground a student's experience, provide confidence and immeasurably bolster a CV.

The importance of a placement

Work placements are encouraged for Sociology and Politics students. Last year students successfully completed varying placements including working in Simon Hughes consistency office (Bermondsey and Old Southwark) and a placement at the European Parliament in Brussels. Academic staff actively develop their networks with external organisations to enable placement opportunities.

Staff


Dr Caitriona Beaumont

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor in Social History; Director of Research, School of Law and Social Sciences

Caitriona's major research interests are in gender and history, voluntary action, Irish and British nineteenth and twentieth century social history, history of women's organisations and histories of the women's movement.


Dr Matthew Bond

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Course Director, Sociology

Dr Matthew Bond is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and Course Director of the Sociology undergraduate programme.


Dr Adrian Budd

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Head of Division of Social Sciences

Dr Budd specialises in International Relations, with interests in international theory, imperialism, and globalisation. His last book analysed neo-Gramscian international relations theory.


Dr Jaya Gajparia

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Course Director, Education for Sustainability; Lecturer in Sociology

Dr Jaya Gajparia is the Couse Director of the Masters programme in Education for Sustainability, an internationally recognised distance learning programme established in 1994. She also teaches on a variety of Undergraduate Sociology courses.


Dr Julien Morton

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Morton is interested in philosophy of science and the theory of agency.


Dr Shaminder Takhar

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor in Sociology

Dr Shaminder Takhar is Associate Professor in Sociology specialising in race, gender, sexuality and social justice. She is the research ethics co-ordinator for the School of Law and Social Sciences.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Study hours

Year 1 class contact time is typically 9 hours per week. In addition, you will be expected to devote time to independent study and attend personal tutorials.

Brief assessment outline

Modules are assessed by essays, individual and group presentations, book reviews, examinations, reports, portfolios of work, document analysis and a final year dissertation

Percentage of time spent in different learning activities
Lectures and seminars Self-directed study
Year 1 23% 77%
Year 2 24% 76%
Year 3 17% 83%

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

For September 2017 entry the number of UCAS tariff points that qualifications are worth has changed. Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2017 tariff

  • A Level BCC or;
  • BTEC National Diploma DMM or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSE grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

2018 Entry

  • A Level BCC or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
L200
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
September
Application code
4095
Application method

All full-time undergraduate students apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using the University's Institution Code L75. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

All part-time students should apply directly to London South Bank University and full details of how to do this are given on our undergraduate How to apply webpage.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 4094Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £37500

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU undergraduate students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. New home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £1,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2017/18 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Getting started 

Students can prepare themselves for the course by following the news - quality newspapers, good TV news bulletins, Radio 4 news etc.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Suggested reading list

  • B. Axford et al, Politics: An Introduction (Routledge, 2002) 
  • B. Coxall, L. Robins and R. Leach, Contemporary British Politics (Palgrave, 2003) 
  • J. Fisher, D. Denver and J. Benyon, Central Debates in British Politics (Longman, 2003) 
  • B. Jones et al, Politics UK (Longman, 2001)  R. Leach et al, British Politics (Palgrave, 2011)
 
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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK/EU

Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Course Enquiries - International

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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