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Choose to study a politics degree at university

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Choose to study a politics degree at university, and you’ll find out about the theories and practices of power and governance, from local up to international level.
Politics degrees at university are likely to include examination of past and current political conflicts; different models and mechanisms of government; concepts such as freedom, equality and human rights; and ideologies including communism, anarchism and liberalism.
Sounds like a lot to take on, doesn’t it! But after all, politics affects every aspect of human life, from the mundane (how often your rubbish is collected) to the philosophical (individual freedom versus ‘greater good’).
As a politics undergraduate student, you’re likely to study the work of influential historical figures in the field, such as Confucius, Plato and Machiavelli, and more recent theorists such as Karl Marx and John Rawls.
You’ll also look at the more practical side of politics – how different systems work (or don’t work...), the impact of developments such as technology and mass media, and the role of organizations like NATO.
Politics degrees at university are often available as joint courses, commonly paired with history, philosophy, international relations or economics.

Politics degrees may vary considerably between universities, with different modules and specializations available.
However, if you don’t see your area of interest listed, it’s worth checking with the department; it may be covered under a different title, or there may be some scope to pursue individual interests in a dissertation or other independent project.
International politics: This is the focus on politics at global level, looking at diplomatic, trade and other relationships between nations, and the role of official organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the United Nations and the European Union.
National and regional politics: Often it’s possible to take modules focusing on the politics of a particular country or region – for example the politics of France or the politics of the Asia-Pacific area. This may involve examining the historical development of government in that region, and the current electoral and legislative procedures.
Development politics: This refers to the role of politics in social development, encompassing issues such as human rights, gender equality, and postcolonialism. You’ll examine various meanings of the term ‘development’, and look at case studies from different countries.
Peace and conflict studies: As you’d expect, this is the study of politics in relation to national and international conflicts, and strategies for avoiding or resolving conflict. Again, this is likely to involve elements of theory as well as critical examination of recent and ongoing conflicts.
A degree in politics could, of course, lead to a career in politics – in an elected position, as an assistant or advisor, or in the civil service.

The latter, particularly if you speak more than one language fluently, could include diplomatic positions in other countries.
Other options include political journalism, contributing to policy decisions as part of a think tank (research group), or working for a non-profit agency, human rights organization or pressure group.
Politics degrees provide many transferable skills, including strong research and analysis skills, and excellent written and spoken communication. As a result, politics graduates are often able to find work in a wide range of sectors, including finance, IT and law

The broad spread of transferable skills you gain from a politics degree should include:
• Ability to analyse different types of data, and identify patterns and implications
• Understanding of academic publications and how to use them
• Excellent written and spoken communication
• Ability to approach issues from multiple perspectives
• Ability to compose and defend an argument, using appropriate evidence and sources
• Understanding of key issues and challenges in contemporary politics

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