You’ll have the opportunity to explore major political topics going beyond the UK and Europe, covering North America, South Asia, China, Japan or the emerging global powers. You will not only study the traditional subjects of the discipline, such as security, political economy or democratisation but also have the chance to delve into ethics, sports, gender, protests or religion.
You will also learn about international politics, as well as investigating the forces which influence policy and give rise to conflicts between the achievement of economic, environmental and social objectives.
The sociology strand of the course is about real-life experiences and how they relate to bigger social problems. We explore the social constraints we encounter in our everyday lives and how they are reinforced by class, race, religion and gender. To understand how these issues perpetuate existing inequalities and unequal life chances, we analyse what impact official politics has on such processes, how politics is intertwined with the profit-making aims pursued by big corporations and how their combined interests dominate our social imaginations. We assess public policy responses and where they are problematic.
Graduates of the Politics and Sociology (Hons) degree course at Aston University go on to a range of professions with recent roles including Broadcast Journalist, Editorial Assistant, Civil Service Administrator, Human Resources Officer, Marketing Trainee, Policy Officer, Research Assistant, Solicitor, Languages Teacher, Account Manager, Analyst, Business Analyst, Corporate Engagement Executive, Public Policy and Strategic Relationships Intern.
Potential employers include Morgan Stanley, the Department for International Development, HSBC, Bosch, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations Economic Commission.
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- Studying and Researching Politics
- British Politics since 1990
- Social Theory
- Becoming a Social Scientist
- The Making of the Modern World
- European Union
- What’s Trending (Current Affairs in Politics and International Relations)
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- 36 months
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DisciplinesInternational Relations Sociology Political Science View 786 other Bachelors in Political Science in United Kingdom
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- BBC (standard offer)
- BCC (with EPQ or Core Maths minimum grade B)
- IB: 29 points overall with grades 5, 5, 4 in 3 higher level subjects.
- Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required in lieu of GCSE English and Maths grade C/4.
- BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (standard offer)
- BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM (contextual offer*)
- The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate/BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 National Diploma/BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry onto degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that are equivalent to three full A2 Levels.
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International16300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16300 GBP per year during 36 months.
National9250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.
- UK students During placement year: £ 1,250
- International/EU students During placement year: £2,500
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.