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UDPOLTCS - BA Politics

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Arts Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Subject Area Politics and International Relations
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS 6 YEARS
Part-time 4 YEARS 6 YEARS
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The Teaching and Learning strategy of the BA Politics degree is designed to:
ensure that the subject content meets, and improves, on the benchmarks set out by the QAA; encourage the acquisition and understanding of knowledge by students, engendering an enthusiasm for the subject and life-skills learning, including the progression from surface learning to deep learning; facilitate students to develop independent skills and responsibilities for their own learning; incrementally strengthen the subject specific knowledge and skills gained by students, in combination with the awareness and application of skills needed successfully to thrive in the workplace.
The degree has a long-standing reputation for pedagogical innovation as well as utilising traditional teaching methods. The latter includes a mixture of lectures, seminars, and workshops. Within this a combination of whole group, small group, and student-led and tutor-led teaching occurs. This can included face to face teaching and discussion, but there is also an increasing emphasis on the use of blended learning opportunities. Modules are paper free, with considerable learning materials and resources being placed on relevant module Weblearn sites, e.g. lecture notes, module handbooks, video links, recorded lectures, podcasts, first hand documents, and blogs. Teaching staff often use electronic feedback, the electronic submission of formative and summative assessments, and on-line office hours. A growing number of materials are also available on-line through the University library, including access to journals and e-books. Students may also take modern languages as extension-of-knowledge modules.
This is all designed to open up the learning space for students to enable them to have continuous access to degree materials, improving the student learning experience, whilst increasing cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
An additional, and important part of the teaching and learning strategy, is the academic research which is carried by Politics and International Relations staff. This is used to support teaching through transferring staff research skills and knowledge to enhance the student learning experience, i.e. the research is effectively disseminated to students through teaching.
Staff research specialisms are an essential component of the Politics curriculum, with students benefitting from being taught by specialists.

Course aims

The BA in Politics is a cornerstone degree offered by the School of Social Sciences. The degree aims to provide students with a broad perspective on the discipline of Politics and its philosophical, theoretical, historical and practical aspects, and to enhance their ability to understand the complex forces shaping politics in the contemporary world. In particular, the course aims to:
examine the concept and nature of politics and the institutions and structures engaged in political decision-making;
ensure that students acquire knowledge and understanding in areas of political science, political philosophy, theory and analysis;
enable students to understand and use the concepts, approaches, key research methods and methodologies of the discipline, and develop an understanding of its contested nature and the problematic character of political inquiry; develop in students the capacity to think critically about events, ideas and institutions; encourage students to relate the academic study of Politics to questions of public concern; assist students to develop a range of cognitive and social skills relevant to their intellectual, vocational and personal development, with a particular emphasis on employability, e.g. students can apply the knowledge gained from the course in a work experience situation through the work related learning and work placement modules; provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of academic inquiry and debate.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Politics;

2. devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Politics;

3. describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Politics, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;

4. manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Politics);

5. apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;

6. critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem;

7. communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;

8. exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;

9. undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference


Learning outcomes cover LO1-9

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Politics and International Relations February 2015.

Assessment strategy

The course combines both formative and summative assessment opportunities, embracing a variety of methods including: essays, briefing papers, exams, seminar performance, seminar presentations (both individual and group), portfolios, blogs, briefing papers, policy documents, and book reviews. The majority will be tutor assessed, but a number will be peer-reviewed in seminars.

At each Level of the degree, assessment and feedback practices are informed by reflection, consideration of professional practice, and subject-specific and educational scholarship. Staff and students are encouraged to engage in dialogue to promote a shared understanding of the basis on which academic judgements are made, and students are provided with opportunities to develop an understanding of, and the necessary skills to demonstrate, good academic practice.

The volume, timing and nature of assessment is designed to enable students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the intended learning outcomes. Indeed, with an emphasis on progression, formative assessment is structured to support students in their summative assessment, with feedback being both constructive and developmental.

Throughout, the strategy is designed to maximise the development of subject specific skills and employability skills appropriate to each level of the degree.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Enhancing student’s future career prospects in a central aspect of the degree programme. In terms of more explicit work-related learning, there are two core pathways from which students can choose, either:


TWO modules – one from Column A and one from Column B


MN5W51 (Level 5)
Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 1
15 credits (autumn or spring)

MN6W51 (Level 6)
Creating a Successful Social Enterprise 2
15 credits (autumn or spring)

GI5W50 (Level 5 or 6)
Politics and International Relations: Work-Based Learning
15 credits (spring)


GI6P51 (Level 6)
Dissertation 1 semester
15 credits (autumn)

GI6P01 (Level 6)
Dissertation 1 year
30 credits (year)


GI6W01 (Level 6) Placement 1 year 30 credits (year)

All modules also have aspects of employability embedded within them.

In addition, a study-abroad semester (or, in exceptional circumstances two semesters) can be undertaken as part of the degree programme. The Course Leader (or a delegated representative) must approve the programme of study proposed at the overseas host institution. The Politics and International Relations section has a number of links with partner institutions throughout the world, including Europe, the USA, and Japan. These exchanges are arranged through the University’s International Office.

Modules required for interim awards

Please specify if there are any combinations of modules that a student is required to take to gain either the highest level of award or one of the interim awards listed in section 3.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

Every module on this course has embedded within it reflective learning components and personal development planning relevant to the level of study. It will be encouraged in lectures, seminars, and in assessment methods. Students will be directed to reflect on knowledge specific learning, personal and employability skills development. Students will be encouraged to engage positively with all feedback opportunities, be they with tutors or in peer-review situations, and to reflect and learn, resulting in the developing of further learning strategies.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

By the end of the course you will be ready for careers in organisations ranging from local government, central government departments, diplomatic services, the United Nations and the European Union, to domestic and international businesses, non-governmental organisations, the media, political analysis and research. Graduates have embarked on careers in the Civil Service: the Diplomatic Service; as a local government officer; political analyst and researcher; or undertaken postgraduate study.

Career opportunities

By the end of the degree you'll be ready to hit the ground running in a range of roles. You could go on to work in local government, central government departments, diplomatic services, domestic and international businesses, non-governmental organisations or the media.

Some of our recent graduates now work for the Civil Service, in the business sector and some are even working as researchers for members of parliament. You could also decide to go into further study after this degree.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification)
  • English GCSE at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Politics (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

Applicants with international qualifications and mature applicants are very welcome.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
JACS codes L200 (Politics): 100%
Route code POLTCS

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
GI4005 Introduction to International Relations Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
GI4006 Global Politics, Economy and Society Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
GI4007 Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
GI4008 Politics and Government Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED AM
OL0000 Open Language Programme Module Option 15 NORTH AUT NA  
          NORTH SPR NA  

Stage 1 Level 04 January start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
GI4005 Introduction to International Relations Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM MON AM
GI4006 Global Politics, Economy and Society Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM THU PM
GI4007 Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945 Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM MON PM
GI4008 Politics and Government Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM TUE PM
OL0000 Open Language Programme Module Option 15 NORTH SPR NA  

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
GI5009 Political Theory Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
GI5069 Governance and Public Policy Core 15 NORTH AUT MON PM
GI5070 Comparative Politics Core 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
GI5005 Approaches to International Relations and Forei... Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
GI5050 Immigrants and Nativists Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
GI5060 American Foreign Policy Option 15        
GI5062 Media and Culture Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
GI5063 Politics of the Middle East Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
GI5064 The Politics of the European Union Option 15 NORTH SPR TUE AM
GI5067 Contemporary US Politics Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
SS5006 Racism and Ethnicity Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
WL5W50 Empowering London: Working within the Community Option 15 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE EV
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
GI6009 The Politics of Modern States Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
GI6P01 Project 1 Year Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
GI6P51 Project 1 Semester Alt Core 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
          NORTH AUT MON PM
GI6W01 Placement 1 Year Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
GI6002 Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
GI6007 Public Diplomacy and Global Communication Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
GI6061 Modern British Politics Option 15        
GI6064 African Politics Option 15 NORTH SPR TUE PM
GI6065 Latin American Politics Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE PM
GI6066 Action and Identity: Gender and Political Parti... Option 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
GI6067 Human Rights and International Conflict Option 15        
WL6W50 Empowering London: Working within the Community Option 15 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT