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Undergraduate course

Politics, Philosophy and Economics BA (Hons)

This course is for students interested in how the world operates. Broaden your knowledge of policy, practice, theory and behaviour and open up a range of opportunities.

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This course provides you with a firm understanding of the key debates that face us in society today with the ability to view them from philosophical, political and economic lenses. With a specific focus of this programme on a range applied problems we face today, you will develop a solid knowledge of underpinning foundations for society.

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  • UCAS Code – L1N9 | With placement year L3N9
  • Duration – 3 years full time
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – York Business School

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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Course overview

Politics, Philosophy and Economics BA (Hons) has been designed to deliver practical skills to enhance your employability in a range of careers.

Why choose this course:

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge of how society works and is governed. This programme is focused on developing the practical skills needed for a career as an economist, consultant or policy advisor.
  • To enhance your CV, we fund your membership of the Royal Economic Society during your study. Membership increases your professional profile as a future economist and enables you to access competitions, grants, conferences, job market and symposiums.
  • We invite a range of high profile guest speakers. Our cooperation with businesses provides a great opportunity for networking, internships and work related experiences.
  • Field trips and real-life economic projects and live experiments are embedded in the programme.
  • Opportunity to qualify as a Microsoft Office Specialist.
  • Opportunity to take a placement year, giving you chance to gain experience while studying.

Year in industry

All of our business students have the option of adding in a year in industry and / or a semester of studying abroad with one of our partners to their course. A year in industry gives students fantastic experience and is attractive to potential employers. This normally takes place after the second year of the course and extends the course duration by one year (15% of the standard tuition fee is chargeable). Study Abroad normally takes place for a semester of the second year of the course and doesn’t extend the course duration as credits achieved abroad count towards your degree.

You don’t need to decide whether you would like to take either of these options until after you have started the course with us.

Course structure

Level 1

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Political Philosophy: Themes and Thinkers

The module takes a thematic look at key issues in political philosophy, locating the ideas of thinkers throughout the span of the history of political thought within these. The themes will be organised in response to fundamental questions of political thought, such as: Who should rule? Why should we obey the state? What does a just society look like?

Principles of Applied Economics

The module aims to provide knowledge and comprehension of the basic economic principles and techniques related to microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Introducing Politics: Key Concepts and Skills

This module introduces students to the academic study of Politics. It will introduce students to basic terms, concepts, methodologies and issues in the study of politics in preparation for their degree programme. A key focus will be exploring the diverse definitions and the scope of politics.

Economic Policy and Practice

Explore the fundamental concepts and techniques of macroeconomic analysis in more depth. Learn how the Central Bank and Government affect inflation, consumption, economic growth and unemployment.

International or Global? Globalisation in Debate

The module introduces students to the debate surrounding the nature and extent of ‘globalisation’ and its impact on the role and power of contemporary states.

Values and Virtues: Ethics and Religion

The module will take you through the key concepts and theories in moral philosophy. You will learn how to identify, critique and apply moral theories with clarity. By the end of the module, you will have gained a critical understanding of classic and contemporary theories underlying religious and secular ethics.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

Level 2

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Research Methods

This module considers the use of quantitative and qualitative research methods in subject contexts, and allows students to develop skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of relevant data.

Optional modules:

Labour Economics

This module explores factors that affect distribution of income, work, opportunities and inequality. We examine changes in the labour market and the effectiveness of government policy. There is a focus on data rather than theoretical models.

Industrial Economics

This module covers issues in everyday news. This includes anti-competitive practices and the effect of market power on consumer welfare. Also, incentives for product innovation, and the private and public effects of mergers.

Democracies

Explore various models of democracy, from executives, legislatures, judiciaries to electoral and party systems. This module will examine established democracies and also democracies in transition, allowing you to complete a comparative analysis of democratic states throughout the world.

International Relations: Theory and Practice

The module introduces students to theories of international relations, such as realism, liberalism, neoliberalism, Marxism, critical theory, constructivism, feminism, postcolonialism. Students will critically examine how they can be applied to developments in state relations, taking into account the growing institutions and processes of globalisation.

Using Political Philosophy

The module explores how political philosophy can help us to understand and develop arguments and perspectives in response to these. Furthermore, the module aims to show the impact that political philosophies can and do have on decision makers, as well as social groups and wider society.

From Descartes to Marx: Philosophers and Religion

This module focuses on modern western philosophy. It covers key philosophers from the 17th century to the 19th century as well as the ethical and religious issues that emerge from their thought.

Professional Placement

Begin your transition from university into the workplace. It develops skills, knowledge and understanding in personal and professional areas.

Business, Creativity and Opportunism Skills for the Workplace of Today

Explore the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. You will establish what makes an entrepreneur, define creativity and innovation. You will learn how to recognise enterprise opportunities.

Controversies in International Trade

This module seeks to understand the patterns of international trade, past, present and future by understanding the underlying forces that drive international trade.

Political Parties and Politicians in the UK

The module examines the rise and evolution of political parties in the UK. There will be an initial focus on Labour and Conservative. Examining arguments surrounding class and partisan dealignment along with rising voter apathy, there will also be a consideration of nationalist parties at the devolved and national levels, as well as the rise and influence of smaller, issue-based political parties.

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

 

Level 3

Modules

Compulsory modules:

Contemporary Political Philosophy

 

Global Governance

The module explores in detail the institutions, structures and processes of global governance. It focuses on the institutions of the United Nations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, regional organisations such as the European Union, and other intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations.

Beyond Economics: Understanding the Changing Global Economy

Analyse and evaluate the bridge between politics and economics on an international level.

Economics of Happiness

This module draws on extensive interdisciplinary work that tries to identify the factors that affect happiness. Such factors go beyond the traditional measures of material welfare (such as income) and also focus on things such as relationships, religion, age, marriage, leisure, inequality, war, human rights, democracy, the natural environment, health, etc.

Optional modules:

Research Investigation (40 credits)

This module provides you with the opportunity to plan and conduct a piece of research. Choose between a traditional dissertation, an organisation based project, a business research project or a business creation project. Or

Dissertation (40 credits)

All modules are worth 20 credits unless stated otherwise.

Teaching & assessment

All modules are delivered using a range of teaching and learning strategies including lectures, seminars, guest speakers, tutorials, workshops and a range of events and learning activities.

As a university student, there is an expectation that you will develop from being a dependent learner to being an independent one. This means you are expected to undertake self-study and group learning.

Throughout the programme you will be introduced to a range of different teaching and learning strategies. This includes case-based learning, live projects and practice and enquiry based learning. This gives you the opportunity to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems.

You will undertake a variety of assessments that include the use of written assignments (often in the form of reports), predominantly practical activities with some individual and group presentations, exams or tests. An essential part of the assessment is to encourage both learning and the development of skills as well as preparing you for the requirements of the workplace.

You will have opportunities for formative assessment and feedback to inform your work prior to submission and you will receive detailed feedback on assessments to help you develop and continuously improve your performance whilst on the programme. Advice will be provided in relation to development, further areas for research and guidance on how to enhance your knowledge of economics and its application.

You will have the opportunity for study support including academic writing and research skills to enhance employability and career development in the field of Economics.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equiavalent) including English Language

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International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Advanced Entry

Considering transferring to join us in year 2 or 3 of our Business Courses?

Please see our Advanced Entry page for information on the courses available and how to apply.

Personal statements

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example studying an economics related A Level, or through relevant work experience or placements.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh or sports teams, theatre groups etc.
  • Experience of work

Canditates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is £9,250 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding 

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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