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BA (Hons) Politics and Economics

  • UCAS Code:
    LL21
  • Institution:
    B50
  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions

This course will explore the political and economic consequences of contemporary global issues such as Brexit and the rise of nationalism and protectionism, as evidenced by the election of Donald Trump, the rise of Marine Le Pen and the German AFD party. We discuss some of the biggest issues facing the world today including pollution and climate change, health and healthcare, unemployment, inequality, and global poverty.

Through these discussions you’ll develop an understanding of the significance of global politics and the factors that influence income, wealth and wellbeing.

You will also explore the social, historical and cultural contexts and the role of the media in contemporary politics and economics. Whether parliamentary decisions or street protests, information travels worldwide almost instantaneously and therefore we must consider the role that the media plays, including to reinforce and challenge who gets what, how, why, and where.

Outside of lectures you will have the opportunity to attend a wide variety of extra-curricular activities run by the Centre for Politics & Media including conferences and speaker seminars as well as fieldtrips to locations such as Westminster and Brussels, and local government and charities. You are also encouraged to engage in current research, working alongside staff as student research assistants which can lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals and add an extra dimension to your studies.

You will also complete a work placement, which will help to build your professional contacts and gain invaluable experience that can serve as a platform for entry into a wide variety of careers. You may also wish to study abroad for a semester at one of our partner institutions.

Drawing on the research and teaching expertise of the Faculty of Media & Communication and the Faculty of Management, this course creates an interdisciplinary approach to politics and economics to provide a deep understanding and insight into power and wealth and their distribution in society.

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020

Location:

Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Duration:

3 years (with a 4-week placement) or 4 years (including a 30-week placement), full-time

Entry requirements:

For 2019 entry: 104-120 tariff points from 2 A-levels or equivalent. BTEC Extended Diploma: DMM. For more information check out our 2019 entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification.

Download the programme specification (pdf 623kb)

Placements

At BU, we recognise that placements are extremely valuable and can give you a head start when it comes to your future career; therefore we now offer every new student the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of their course.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

We are an inclusive, friendly university and we value the different skills and abilities that a wide range of people can bring to our courses. That’s why we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds with varied and different experiences.

We consider lots of different qualifications, to make sure that those who have the talent and the ability to study and learn with us are given the chance to do so.

How to applyBU Academic Excellence Scholarship

Entry requirements

Careers

The world of politics is constantly evolving and in today's hyper-mediated environment, there is an even greater need for people who understand the role the media plays within politics. This course will prepare you for working in various roles within this fascinating area, including in local and national government, non-government organisations, think-tanks, lobbying groups and emerging political industries such as soft diplomacy and nation branding.

92% of our students who study Social Science courses are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

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Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that staff can change.

Course changes