L202 Politics Year Abroad BA Undergraduate 2015
|Mode of study||Full Time|
|Typical offers||A Level|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)|
|Telephone||+44 (0)191 334 5689|
Teaching is at the centre of the activities of the School of Government & International Affairs where undergraduates enjoy a vibrant and challenging intellectual environment. The School places great importance on research-led teaching, which integrates new and cutting-edge research into the curriculum and introduces students to a variety of research-oriented skills and research-based projects.
Undergraduate teaching is structured around three main streams: Political Thought, Political Institutions, and International Relations. Students move from generalist courses in these areas in their early years to more specialised options in Honours Politics which explore the diverse and dynamic politics of the contemporary world. Modules in the second and third years reflect the research expertise of the School’s members of staff. Such areas include, but are not limited to: European Politics, the History of Political Thought, Middle East Politics, the Politics of East Asia and International Relations Theory.
- Ideas and Ideologies
- Democratic Political Systems.
Plus one of the following:
- International Security, Interdependence and Organisation
- Global Regions in International Relations
- Theory and History in International Relations.
Optional modules may vary but typical examples include:
- Introduction to Islam and the Muslim World
- Introduction to Middle East Politics
- or modules offered by other departments.
- Research Project plus eithe Foundations of Western Political Thought or Democracy and Democratic Theory, plus one of the following: International Relations Theory
- Politics of Pacific Asia
- International Organisations
- Global Political Economy
- Middle East in the International System.
Elective modules vary but typical examples include:
- The Israel-Palestine Question
- German Politics and Society
- or a module offered by another department.
Single Honours Politics (Year Abroad) which is broadly similar to the Politics programme, but with an additional year abroad at a university in Italy, France, Spain, Holland, Poland, Germany or Sweden through the SOCRATES/ERASMUS programme. We also have overseas exchange programmes with universities in the USA, Canada, China and Singapore. Students apply for a one-year study placement in these institutions at the end of their first year.
- Dissertation (Double).
Optional modules vary but typical examples include:
- Culture and Conflict in American Politics
- The Ethics of Violence in International Relations
- Theories of Liberty
- The Political Economy of the European Union
- The Middle East and the Global Economy
- Or a module offered by another department.
Students can apply for a one-year study placement in one of the following institutions: the University of California and Boston College in the USA, British Columbia in Canada, the University of Hong Kong, and the National University of Singapore. In some cases courses are offered in English, while in others teaching is in the local language. We have an ERASMUS/Year Abroad Co-ordinator who will help you prepare for your year abroad, and who will maintain contact with you while you are away.
Learning and Teaching
This programme generally follows the same learning approach as the BA Politics, except that the third year is spent in a partner institution before returning to Durham to complete the fourth and final year.
Students on this programme learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, research-based group simulations, informal but scheduled one-on-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.
All of these are supported by a state of the art virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars and tutorials are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-on-one interaction with tutors. Simulation exercises afford research-led experience of how political science applies to the real world, as well as group-working and communication skills.
This emphasis on small-group and practical teaching reflects a conscious choice to enhance the quality of the learning experience rather than the quantity of formal sessions. In fact, the degree programme is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as students move from their first to their final year.
Small-group teaching and one-on-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the programme) are part of the learning experience throughout, but by the final year classroom time gives way, to some extent, to independent research, including a capstone dissertation—supported by one-on-one supervision—that makes up a third of final year credits. In this way the degree programme systematically transforms the student from a consumer of knowledge in the classroom to a generator of knowledge, ready for professional or postgraduate life. These formal teaching arrangements are supported by “drop-in” surgeries with teaching staff and induction sessions that begin in the week before the start of the programme and continue at key times throughout each year of the programme.
Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research.
English Language requirements
IELTS of 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23);Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A.
Requirements and Admissions
The University accepts the following alternative English language tests and scores.
Information relevant to your country
Fees and Funding
EU student fees£9000
Home student fees£9000
Islands student fees£9000
International non-EU student fees£14900
Scholarships and funding
Government and International Affairs, School of
Choosing Durham for my undergraduate education is without doubt one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only does it excel academically as an institution, it also provides its students with an incredibly varied range of opportunities for personal development.Kristina Hagen, BA(Hons) Politics and Sociology
Of those students that left in 2013:
- 47% are in full time paid employment
Of those in employment:
- 85% are in graduate level employment
- Median salary £20,000
Of those in further study:
- 93% are in graduate level study
(These statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2012/13 graduates. The DLHE survey asks leavers from higher education what they are doing six months after graduation. Full definitions for the DLHE Record can be found here: http://www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/2889)
A significant number of students progress onto higher level study following their degree. Some remain within their academic field of interest and pursue a taught or research Masters at Durham, London School of Economics, University College London, York, Sheffield and Oxford. Some progress on to PhD study with recent successes at Durham and Cambridge. Others take a different route and pursue professional postgraduate programmes in law, IT, advertising and marketing, finance and teaching.
Employment and developement opportunities
The Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre works closely with the School of Government and International Affairs. The link Careers Adviser delivers presentations to each year group on topics relevant to that stage of their academic career. These cover career decision making, successful applications and interviews, and advice for those considering further study. The department also hosts a range of guest speakers from external organisations to expand our students' knowledge of their different career options.
Durham University School of Government and International Affairs graduates enter a wide range of career areas including business and finance, local and national government, armed forces, marketing and PR, media, recruitment and teaching, Our graduates are recruited by leading employers such as the House of Commons, Accenture, British Airways, Ernst and Young, British Telecom, Goldman Sachs, PwC, Royal Navy, House of Fraser, Aldi, Channel 4, HSBC, Teach First, Durham University, Black Rock and the Audit Commission. Specific roles our graduates have progressed into include business manager, press and publicity assistant, accountant, political assistant, retail manager, international financial analyst, Naval Officer, marketing executive, stockbroker, tax adviser and political researcher.
Open days and visits
Pre-application open day
Pre-application open days are the best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments, and opportunities to explore college options, the open days provide our prospective undergraduates with the full experience of Durham University.
Please see the following page for further details and information on how to book a place: www.durham.ac.uk/opendays
Overseas Visit Schedule
Government and International Affairs, School of
From soapboxes to statecraft, you will learn how and why nations are run the way they are.
At the School of Government & International Affairs our aim is to help you to develop a thorough knowledge of the structure and functions of the modern state, the history of ideas about the nature and purpose of politics and the development of particular regions and their political systems. You will study political thought, government, international relations and another subject such as geography, economics, history, psychology, sociology, philosophy, or law.
The School of Government & International Affairs is a concentration of research expertise in political processes and institutions, political thought, and international and area studies. Teaching takes place both in the Department’s own rooms and in conveniently located lecture rooms.
The University Library has an excellent collection in politics as well as specialised research collections such as the European Documentation Centre. Colleges provide additional library resources as well as computing facilities.
NB: Information contained on the website or in the literature with respect to the fee is correct at the time of publication but the University reserves the right to change the course information or fee at a later date.