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Politics affects us all. It is about the ability to change lives, the big ideas that shape our social, economic and political worlds, and how these ideas become policies. It is about how we are governed, about politicians, parties, elections and governments, but, perhaps more importantly, it is also about the relationship between each one of us as individuals and as members of society, communities, and organisations. Politics at Aberystwyth seeks to understand the institutions and practice of politics as well as the ideas and concepts that make up the big political issues of our time and shape our daily lives: ideas of justice, freedom, power, citizenship, democracy, and the morality of political decision-making.

Politics affects us all. It is about the ability to change lives, the big ideas that shape our social, economic and political worlds, and how these ideas become policies. It is about how we are governed, about politicians, parties, elections and governments, but, perhaps more importantly, it is also about the relationship between each one of us as individuals and as members of society,...

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Course Content

In the first year you will have the opportunity to discover:

  • Political theory & key political ideas;
  • The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics;
  • A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics;
  • Contemporary political problems and how they are portrayed;
  • Key issues facing the Social World;
  • The development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century;

In the second and third year you will have the opportunity to study issues such as:

  • Political theories;
  • A range of national and regional politics, such as British Politics, the Politics of Argentina, Politics in Russia, the EU, and the BRICS, as well as comparative politics;
  • Issues such as nationalism, devolution, global inequality, multiculturalism & the politics of language, gender, populism in politics;
  • A compulsory dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area.

In the first year you will have the opportunity to discover: Political theory & key political ideas; The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics; A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128

A Levels ABB-BCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-28

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128 A Levels ABB-BCC GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-28 European Baccalaureate: 75%-65%...

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Assessment Methods

We assess our students through essays, reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations.

We assess our students through essays, reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations.