Politics

What is politics? 

Politics is the way a country is governed, relating to activities and policies of people in positions of power. In a democratic system, members of government are involved in debates, law making, elections and reforms. 

The study of politics covers events, ideas and institutions around the world. 

There are many areas of politics you can specialise in, including: 

  • International relations 
  • Political philosophy 
  • Political economy 
  • Conflict 
  • Human rights 
  • Social theories of justice 
  • Comparative politics 

Why study politics?

Studying politics at university looks at how power is handled and who holds the power. It involves theory, history, international relations and the study of governments around the world. 

Political studies in the UK and Europe is particularly fascinating with the current political landscape. 

There are a number of benefits to studying an undergraduate degree in politics:

The world is constantly changing and political power can shift for many reasons, such as social or economic issues or frustration with the current government. 

Political studies covers international relations and compares systems of government, encouraging a broad and balanced world view.

A politics degree is intellectually challenging and develops key skills such as debating, problem solving, critical thinking and a level of self-awareness. 

Become a reflective global citizen, able to understand the advantages and disadvantages of different political systems and how conflict arises.

Why study politics at Durham University?

World leading research underpins politics degrees at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. Benefit from an engaging learning environment that relates political science to the real world and a subject that is currently ranked 7th in the UK (Complete University Guide 2019). 

Politics students gain a solid foundation in the subject, covering three key streams: Political Thought, Political Institutions and International Relations. You will be part of an intellectual environment, learning through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, research-based group work and self-directed learning. 

As a student at the University, you can also join the Politics and International Relations Society. It provides a great opportunity to meet friends and join in debates with people who share your passion.

Key skills from studying politics

Studying computer science will give you a range of transferable skills that are desired by future employers:

  • Research
  • Teamworking
  • Communication
  • Critical analysis

What politics degree can I study at Durham University?

If you are interested in politics courses at Durham University, a good option would be BA (Hons) Politics. If you have an interest in studying more than one subject, you could choose a Joint Honours degree such as BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics

During the BA (Hons) Politics course, you will study a mix of compulsory modules to provide a general understanding of politics and research, plus optional modules you can choose from. Modules may include: political theory, democratic political systems, international theory and global political economy. 

As a politics student, you will be part of the School of Government and International Affairs and have access to the University Library. Here you will find an excellent collection of politics resources, specialised research collections and computing facilities. 

Degree preparation at the International Study Centre

The International Foundation Year in Humanities, Law and Social Science can prepare you for a degree in politics. Through a mix of core modules and designated modules related to your degree, you will develop the English language and academic skills needed for the challenges of undergraduate study. 

 

7th in the UK

For Politics in The Complete University Guide 2019

Why choose Durham?

Political career opportunities

If you are wondering what you can do with a politics degree, you may be thinking about going in to central or local government. Degrees can also lead to Civil Service, charity work, research and even journalism and PR. You could also choose to further your studies with a Masters degree.  

  • Charities fundraiser
  • Government research officer 
  • Journalist 
  • Politician’s assistant 
  • Public affairs consultant / lobbyist
  • Public relations officer 
  • Solicitor