Why should I study this subject?
Politics is the study of the world around
us and looks at how political decisions are made by prime ministers, presidents, MPs and judges and other political actors. We explore current political issues such as whether referendums have a positive impact on democracy, the policies of and divisions within British and American political parties, how general elections are won and lost, the core beliefs of political parties and the role that judges play in both the UK and the US.
If you are interested in current affairs and what is going in the world and want to understand why things are the way they are, then Politics is the subject for you.

What will I study ?
Component 1: UK Politics
• Democracy and political participation • UK political parties
• Electoral systems
• Voting behaviour and the media
• Core political ideas: conservatism, liberalism and socialism
Component 2: UK Government
• The Constitution
• Parliament
• The prime minister and the cabinet • Relations between the branches
• Non-core political ideas: anarchism
Component 3: Comparative Politics: the USA
• The Constitution
• The presidency
• Congress
• The Supreme Court
• Comparative approaches- how do US/UK politics compare?

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here