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Durham University

Courses

L202 Politics with Year Abroad BA Undergraduate  2020

Essentials

UCAS code L202
Degree BA
Mode of study Full Time
Duration 4 years
Location Durham City
Typical Offers A Level
AAA
BTEC
DDD
International Baccalaureate
37
Please also check Requirements and Admissions.
Alternative qualifications
Contextual Offers You may be eligible for an offer which is one or two grades lower than our standard entry requirements. Find out more.
More information Still have questions?
Department(s) Website www.durham.ac.uk/sgia

Course Summary

Description

Teaching is at the centre of the activities of the School of Government and International Affairs and you will 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 you 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. You will move from generalist courses in these areas in your early years to more specialised options in 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, Political Thought, Middle East Politics, the Politics of East Asia and International Theory.

Year 1

Compulsory modules:

  • Researching Politics and International Relations
  • Political Theory
  • Comparative Politics
  • Democratic Political Systems.

Plus two of the following:

  • International Security, Interdependence and Organisation
  • Global Regions in International Relations
  • Introduction to International Relations OR ONE module offered by another department OR one module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

Year 2

Compulsory modules:

  • Research Project 
  • EITHER Foundations of Western Political Thought OR Analytical Politics.

Optional modules:

You can choose four of the following which can include the one above not chosen previously. These may vary annually but in the past have included:

  • International Theory
  • The Politics of Pacific Asia
  • International Organisations
  • Global Political Economy
  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations of the Middle East
  • European Politics
  • One module offered by another department OR one module offered by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

Year 3

Single Honours Politics (Year Abroad) is broadly similar to the Politics BA (Hons), but with an additional year abroad at a university in Italy, France, Spain, Holland, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Morocco or Israel through the 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.

Year 4

Compulsory module:

  • Dissertation (Double).

Plus four optional modules from a list which may vary annually but in the past have included:

  • The American Presidency
  • The Ethics of Violence in International Relations
  • Theories of Liberty
  • China in Global Political Economy
  • One module offered by another department.

We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019.

Placement Year

You may be able to take a work placement. Find out more.

Course Learning and Teaching

This degree generally follows the same learning approach as the BA (Hons) 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 course learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, research-based group simulations, informal but scheduled one-to-one support, and self-directed learning, such as research, reading, and writing.

All of these are supported by a virtual learning environment, Durham University Online (DUO). Seminars and tutorials are much smaller groups than lectures, small enough to allow one-to-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 is designed to feature fewer formal sessions and more independent research as you move from your first to your final year.

Small-group teaching and one-to-one attention from the personal academic advisor (provided for all students when they enter the course) 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 systematically transforms you 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 degree and continue at key times throughout each year of the course.

Students can also attend an extensive programme of research-focused seminars where staff and visiting scholars present their cutting edge research.

Admissions Process

Subject requirements, level and grade

A level offer – AAA including a social science or humanities subject. Grade A in a Social Science or Humanities Subject at GCSE, is preferred but not required

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma – DDD and A levels as above.

IB Diploma score – 37 with 666 in higher level subjects, including a social sciences or humanities subject.

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entry requirements, please note:

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. 
  • If you do not satisfy our general entry requirements, the Foundation Programme offers multidisciplinary degrees to prepare you for a range of specified degree courses.
  • We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

 

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.

How to apply

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/country.information/

Fees and Funding

The tuition fees for 2020/21 academic year have not yet been finalised, they will be displayed here once approved.

The tuition fees shown for home and EU students are for one complete academic year of full time study and are set according to the academic year of entry. Fees for subsequent years of your course may rise in line with an inflationary uplift as determined by the government.

The tuition fees shown for overseas students are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance 

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

Discover Durham Tours

Discover Durham tours offer a brief introduction to the University. The tour begins at one of our undergraduate colleges, where you will receive an introductory talk from a member of college staff, followed by a tour of the college by current students.

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/live/visit/discoverdurham

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus

Department Information

School of Government and International Affairs

Overview

From soapboxes to statecraft, you will learn how and why nations are run the way they are.
Our expert staff will 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.

Teaching is at the centre of the activities of the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA), where undergraduates enjoy a vibrant and challenging intellectual environment. The School places great importance on research-led education, which integrates new and cuttingedge research into the curriculum and introduces students to a variety of research-oriented skills and research-based projects.

Rankings

  • 6th in The Complete University Guide 2018.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the School of Government and International Affairs web pages.

Facilities

The School of Government and 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.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/sgia