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The Study of Politics


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The common understanding of 'politics' is that it is something that politicians do. But politics goes far beyond this, encompassing a wide array of social groups and institutions. The Study of Politics short course gives you the tools to study politics in its wide-ranging forms. You will learn about the character of argument and evidence in the study of politics and in the social sciences more broadly. You will be able to recognise the strengths and weaknesses in arguments concerning political events and processes and to analyse evidence and deploy it in your own work.

Assessment is via a bibliographical exercise (15%), essay plan (25%), 1200-word essay (50%) and seminar attendance (10%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 4

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.