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Leeds Beckett University

Politics with Political Economy

UCAS Code: L205

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.

UCAS Tariff

104

Minimum 64 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

International politics

Politics

With the 2017 snap general election, Brexit and the Donald Trump US Presidency, politics is as divisive as ever for those involved in the debate. Critically explore politics and examine some of the pressing issues facing us today, such as climate change, human rights, migration and the crisis of capitalism. You will explore how the role of the state, international power relations, ethics, and political movements and ideologies such as Marxism have profound implications for the organisation of our society. In your second year and third year, you will have a choice of optional modules and a dissertation, which you can tailor to your interests.

You can apply to study the single honours degree or one of the combined awards listed below. You also have the option of changing your award at the end of your first year.

**BA (Hons) Politics with Global Development**
Explore how global development confronts the ethical dilemmas facing the distribution of power and resources. You will examine theories of development, poverty and economic crises and their relevance to the social and political challenges of the 21st century. You will investigate how contemporary issues of inequality, famine, the environment and migration affect us all and how individuals, groups and states respond to these challenges.

**BA (Hons) Politics with Peace Studies**
Understand how international relations have traditionally been conducted and the consequences and limitations of these approaches. You will examine key theories of peace, warfare and security and their relevance and practice in the 21st century. You will explore how contemporary issues, such as inequality, terrorism, migration and technological advancements, affect us all and how we cope and react to these global issues. You will develop your practical understanding of conflict resolution, reconciliation and peace building.

**BA (Hons) Politics with International Relations**
Gain an international perspective by exploring how nations interact on the global stage, what happens during conflict, and the challenges faced by states and world organisations trying to preserve peace and security. You will engage with the theory of international relations and diplomacy, examining global inequalities, the rise of the superpower nations and what power looks like at a global level. Understand how major developments, including the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, globalisation, changing global power relations and the emergence of new terror threats and social movements have shaped the world.

**BA (Hons) Politics with Political Economy**
Political Economy is a crucial tool to understand the relationship between history, economics, the international state system and political power. You will engage with the work of important thinkers like Smith, Keynes and Marx; critically investigate the contemporary contours of neoliberal globalisation; explore the uneven development of global capitalism in the Global South; and develop an applied critical knowledge of the economic theories and politics that influence how human social relationships are governed in our world.

**BA (Hons) Politics with Human Rights**
Many political, economic, social and cultural factors impact the successful protection and promotion of human rights around the world. You will engage with debates about the universality of human rights and assess the success of human rights as a mechanism for social justice. You will explore the work of human rights activists and the political strategies they employ to try and stop human rights violations. You will investigate the trajectory of rights provision from prohibiting the use of torture to providing group rights, and consider the contemporary challenges we still face in the quest to respect human rights.

Modules


  • Year 1 Core Modules

    • Politics, Ethics & Justice

    • Introduction to Political Economy

    • Introduction to World Politics

    • Introduction to Governance

    • Political Movements & Ideologies


  • Year 2 Core Modules

    • The UK & EU

    • Active Citizenship

    • Global Inequalities

    • The Modern State: Theories, Issues & Challenges

    • In addition choose from a list of Year 2 Option Modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.


  • Year 3 Core Modules

    • Policy Making

    • Governing Globalisation

    • Dissertation

    • In addition choose from a list of Year 3 Option Modules. Please check our website for a full and up-to-date list.



Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

City CampusC

Department:

Social, Psychological and Community Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
International politics
89%
high
Politics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

95%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
97%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Customer service occupations
10%
Administrative occupations: finance
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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