What students say about politics
I have eight contact hours a week divided into lectures and seminars for each module - a lot of background reading is expected.The course is a mixture of theoretical and applied politics and the wide range of option choices allows you to choose a preference. Some modules are harder than others. Having A-level government and politics provides a good grounding, making some aspects easier, but it is not essential. The majority of my first year consists of coursework essays. Some modules incorporated a presentation or how well you engaged in seminars as part of the mark. I took three exams in May which were all essay based.1st year, University of East Anglia UEA
Good mix of assessment for the classes and a good range of modules to choose from. I would encourage anyone with an interest in politics to apply for the parliamentary research internship in their dissertation year, as you get real experience of the political process. Likewise the EU Studies module with Brussels internship - an excellent experience that isn't offered at a lot of other universities!3rd year, University of East Anglia UEA
Classes are very much discussion-based, with the teacher simply directing and posing questions. A lot of wider reading is required to really come to grips with the material. The course is very dynamic and covers a broad range of social sciences, incorporating philosophy, economics and sociology. The workload is manageable, with the average of two essays a term for each module.1st year, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London
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A degree in politics can help to develop skills in evaluating and applying approaches to collecting, analysing and presenting political data; in understanding the processes, theories and problems that drive and shape politics, and in interpreting political events. You can also develop useful transferable skills in communication, thinking creatively and constructing coherent arguments. These skills are sought after in industries requiring people who are good at solving problems and in negotiating and influencing, and so politics graduates often work, not just in politics and Government, but in advertising, marketing and PR, in banking and accountancy, in the defence industry, in the law and in social and welfare roles.