Politics BA (Hons)*

Politics at York St John University is about more than the sound and fury of the daily headlines. It examines the point where power, principle and policy intersect, and gets to grips with the practical implications of some of the most pressing questions of our time.  

How should the state respond to the challenge of planetary climate change? Are new communications technologies making historical patterns of political participation redundant, or more urgent? What are the new horizons for social justice? And how might we imagine the good society in an era of globalisation? These questions, along with many more, are addressed on this degree programme.

UCAS course code
L200
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Start date
September 2018/2019
*
Subject to final approval

Course overview

The Politics degree at York St John will familiarise you with the history of political thought and help you to understand its implications for local, national and global governance in the twenty-first century. You will be based in the School of Humanities, Religion and Philosophy, which is home to experts not just in politics and government, but also history, ethics and rhetoric. You will have the opportunity to study relevant modules from elsewhere in the School over the course of your degree.

Politics involves an in-depth examination of the role of institutions in determining social behaviour, the means by which these institutions are held to account, and the broader conflicts that are transforming the ways in which we understand the relationship between citizen and state. By the end of your degree, you will be able to explain the historical drivers of social change, analyse the current political landscape and identify the challenges that will shape our shared future.

Dr Richard Bourne - Head of School, Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Course structure

The Politics degree at York St John will cover a wide range of themes and approaches, which will be examined with increasing depth as you progress through the programme, with the opportunity to specialise in particular themes.  You will learn the skills of political analysis, exploring the complex and contested definitions of the political, and deepen this through interdisciplinary explorations. You will then build on this, learning about how we actually study and research politics, and what is possible in terms of explaining political behaviour.

Drawing upon historical and contemporary thinkers, you will explore the trajectory of political thought, tackling questions such as: why should we obey the state? What is ‘good government’? How do we understand freedom, equality, and what makes for a just society? In doing so, you will consider the social and historical context, impact and legacy of key thinkers and ideational movements.

You will develop a fundamental understanding of the institutions and processes of modern states, both democratic and non-democratic. This will include a focus on the domestic government and politics of the UK, but also includes a comparative perspective. Going beyond local and national level analysis, you will explore politics from an international, and increasingly global, perspective. How do states interact with each other, and how has this been theorised? What is the role of the state in the context of globalisation? How do states respond to conflict and collective dilemmas, such as inequality, threats to national security and climate change?

By the end of your degree, you will be able to explain the historical drivers of social change, analyse the current political landscape and identify the challenges that will shape our shared future.

Level 1

For the first two years of your degree you will study six modules per year over two semesters, with each module carrying 20 credits. In your third year you will complete one dissertation module (often carrying 40 credits) alongside other 20 credit modules (for a total of 120 credits in the year).

Modules may include:

  • Introducing Politics: Key Concepts and Skills
  • ‘Politics and …’: An Interdisciplinary View
  • Political Philosophy: Themes and Thinkers
  • UK Politics: Tradition and Change
  • Comparative Politics
  • International or Global? Globalization in Debate

 All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Political Analysis: Theory and Method
  • Political Ideologies
  • Using Political Philosophy
  • The State
  • British Government and the State
  • Political Parties and Politicians in the UK
  • Democracies
  • Participation and Engagement: Elections and Beyond
  • Europe and the EU
  • International Relations: Theory and Practice
  • Foreign Policy

 All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • The Social Contract: Justifying the State
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • The Morality of War
  • Global Justice
  • Hived Out, Hived In: Delegation in the Modern British State
  • Revolutions
  • Authoritarianism
  • Political Violence
  • Global Governance
  • Politics of the Environment
  • The Middle East
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Short Dissertation 

 All modules are worth 20 credits, unless otherwise stated.

Assessment and Feedback

Assessment will take place through a combination of written and oral work.

York St John University has a policy of returning work to students, with detailed feedback, within 15 working days of submission.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff points

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

For 2018 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. 

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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

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

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our  about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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