Why choose Government & Politics?
Politics is about compromise; it's about power; it's about government.
Politics is the way in which a society or a group manages different views, conflict and disagreement. Politics is about compromise; it’s about power; it’s about government. We look at these aspects through studies of UK and American politics, examining the political structures and issues of debate in each country
You will develop research and communication skills through a balanced handling of political questions, an interest in citizenship and an up-to-date knowledge of current affairs. You will develop your analytical skills by evaluating political concepts and arguments from competing and sometimes controversial perspectives. These are skills highly valued by Higher Education institutions and employers.
There is an active student-led Politics Society, and a programme of visiting speakers. The department organises annual study trips to the Houses of Parliament in London, and also to Washington DC.
Politics students go on to study a wide variety of subjects at university, including PPE (Politics, Philosophy & Economics), international relations, law, journalism and history.
The course is 100% examined (no coursework).
“I love studying Politics because the whole department is enthusiastic and passionate about the subject making lessons a delight. They use the flipped learning technique, which is where we watch a video at home and make notes, then come into class to debate and discuss. The classes are really enjoyable, we had a 'speed d(eb)ating' lesson on pressure groups, a quiz to find out where we all fit onto the political spectrum and our own cabinet meeting (I got to be PM).”