At Buckinghamshire New University, we’re dedicated to preparing you for the working world. This course covers the theory, as well as also giving you a solid understanding of what skills you’ll need for a career in politics and international relations.
Covering everything from world politics to emerging powers and global governance, you can be sure that you’ll develop your knowledge around key must-know areas within the industry. With London just a short train ride away, you’ll also benefit from visiting political institutions, guest speakers and everything the capital city has to offer.
Why study this subject?
Politics shapes the world. It impacts every area of our lives – the economy, environment, media and civil society. It has a fascinating history. And it provides a promising career path for your future
Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?
We live in a world where societies and the politics governing them are rapidly changing. If you want a career in which you help achieve social change, you might want to consider our exciting Politics and International Relations degree programme.
Our BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations provides you with a rich, diverse, employability focused curriculum, covering a wide range of historical and contemporary issues and themes in politics and international relations.
We’ve made sure the course is focused on your career, with topics relevant to any employer in the sector. We encourage you to develop solution-focused approaches to social problems in your assignments, which are transferable into many relevant work-places.
You will graduate understanding the major global political systems and how they have shaped the societies we live in. You’ll discover the driving forces behind political, economic and socio-cultural changes across the world.
It’s not just about the lectures – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to go on visits to political institutions, take part in workshops, and use our digital resources.
What facilities can I use?
We’ve invested in a range of state-of-the-art facilities across our campuses to support your learning.
Our library is the perfect place to find the resources you need and a quiet place to study, filled with four floors of books, journals, computer suites and study rooms. Or, if you’d rather work off campus, e-Journals and resources are only a few clicks away using our Virtual Learning Environment.
What will I study?
Politics is constantly evolving. You’ll learn about different political systems and global institutions, and how their past has shaped what the world looks like today.
You’ll discover how political institutions use their power, and how social movements and new ideas challenge our sense of identity, community and political participation.
Looking at technology, surveillance and communications, we’ll also explore how political imagination is adapting for the future.
We’ll also look at the way strategies and policies come about. You’ll develop knowledge in a wide range of related areas, including economic development, the environment, media and civil society.
With insight from across social sciences and humanities, this course covers a huge spectrum, helping to prepare you for a successful career in this dynamic field.
Using archives and other resources, you’ll conduct your own political science research to inform your work.
With the in-depth knowledge you’ll have gained of the sector on this programme, you should feel confident going into any interview.
How will I be taught and assessed?
We’ve made sure the course has a good variety of teaching and learning methods. This means you’ll have some strong skills that employers will find valuable, including report writing, policy making, presentation, group work, materials design and research.
You’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, and independent study. Since the course covers such a wide range of topics, no two days will be the same.
To do well in your assessments, you need to focus on real solutions. Using your critical thinking skills, you’ll think about new ways to address national, regional or international political issues.
BNU is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student, to increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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