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.
All statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats, Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), BU institutional data and Ipsos MORI (National Student Survey) unless otherwise stated.
Next start date:
September 2018, September 2019
Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus
3 years (with a 4-week placement) or 4 years (including a 30-week placement), full-time