The MA Politics course is designed to give students insight into the ideas, individuals and institutions that shape our world.
The course examines the most pressing issues facing us today including democracy and populism, gender and social change, terrorism and international security. Students are invited to apply theory to real-world events to better understand their own environment and the nature of the global order. Students are given insights into the perspectives and motivations of policy and decision makers, as well as the impact of policy on individuals, communities, social movements and states.
Why Coventry University?
An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.
The study of Politics is the study of power: who has it, how they got it, how they use it and how it can be controlled and held accountable.
The MA Politics course examines the most pressing issues facing us today including democracy and populism, gender and social change, terrorism and international security. Students are invited to apply theory to real-world events to better understand their own environment and the nature of the global order. Students are given insights into the perspectives and motivations of policy and decision makers, as well as the impact of policy on individuals, communities, social movements and states.
The course offers an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme that goes well beyond the range of topics typically associated with a pure Politics syllabus. It builds on the expertise of the School of Humanities’ Politics staff in the fields of comparative politics and political theory and broadens the offer by drawing on the skills and experience of the School’s History and International Relations staff. Politics modules include advanced topics covering urgent contemporary issues through up-to-date research and analysis, such as Democracy and Democratic Breakdown, 21st Century Populism and The Changing Nature of War and Terrorism. Experts from the fields of History and International Relations support other core modules in War and Terrorism, Security in the Developing World, Threats to Global Security and Gender and Social Change in 20th Century Britain.
Why choose this course?
The academic staff in the School of Humanities produce world class research and publications and maintain an outstanding network of professional contacts who engage with students as part of their studies. Students are given the opportunity to apply learning to practice through attending practitioner workshops, field trips, student-led independent research and simulations. Within the programme, students will enjoy flexibility to shape their own assessments and pursue their own specialist fields of interest.
Students receive extensive academic and pastoral support including a module dedicated to imparting the critical thinking skills and academic competencies needed to succeed at postgraduate level, notably the capacities to analyse, evaluate and construct coherent and convincing scholarly arguments. Students also address principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership through embedded professional development. Graduates from the MA Politics will have a wide range of career paths open to them, including the Civil Service, international organisations, the media, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy local government, private sector companies, the culture industry, and further and higher education teaching.
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