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Interested in how countries are governed and decisions made? A degree in Politics may refine your power of judgment and critical thinking. Politics will appeal to you if you have an interest in power, government, policy-making, social movements, debating ideas; understanding wars and conflict resolution, and the impact of globalization and world events. The course includes a range of courses on British, American, European, African and Middle Eastern politics.

Interested in how countries are governed and decisions made? A degree in Politics may refine your power of judgment and critical thinking. Politics will appeal to you if you have an interest in power, government, policy-making, social movements, debating ideas; understanding wars and conflict resolution, and the impact of globalization and world events. The course includes a range of courses...

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Modules

  • Year one

Overview

Your first year will set the foundation for the study of Politics. The areas that you will study in your second year examine a range of topics that will deepen and broaden your understanding of political systems, political ideas, international relations and key world events.

Modules

  • Applied Politics – Politics in Action

  • Introduction to Political Ideas

  • World Politics since 1945

  • From Empire to Welfare: Britain 1900-1951

  • Social Issues and Social Policy

  • Year two

Overview

Modules

  • The Contemporary Far Right in Western Europe

  • Comparative Politics and Governance

  • History of Modern Political Thought

  • Contemporary British Government

  • A Graduate Career

  • Optional Modules

    Choose 1 from the following:

    • The Making of the United States
    • Contemporary Global Security
    • Sex, Sexuality, Power and Oppression
  • Placement year

Overview

Modules

  • Study abroad or professional placement

  • Final year 

Overview

In your final year you will consolidate your knowledge by studying US politics, European politics, Middle East politics, political ideologies and write a dissertation on a topic of your own choice.

Modules

  • Political Ideologies in the Twentieth Century

  • Dissertation in History, International Relations and Politics

  • Nationalism and Democratisation in Post-Communist Europe

  • Optional Modules

    Choose 2 from the following:

    • US Government and Politics
    • The History and Politics of the Far Right in Britain and France
    • United States’ Foreign Policy
    • Britain in the World
    • Politics of the Contemporary Middle East
    • Chinese Politics, Foreign Relations and Security
    • Field Trip

Modules Year one Overview Your first year will set the foundation for the study of Politics. The areas that you will study in your second year examine a range of topics that will deepen and broaden your understanding of political systems, political ideas, international relations and key world...

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Entry Requirements

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three? A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

A-Levels A-Level applicants are required to have three? A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more...

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