A core training in the study of politics is combined with the theoretical, global and multi-disciplinary perspective provided by International Studies modules. The critical analysis of political ideas and global politics is a central theme of the degree course and you will examine a variety of theories and empirical evidence that confront contemporary and historical issues in international relations.
The emphasis on the integration of theory and practice is reflected in the foundation modules you will take in the First Year and in core and optional modules in subsequent years. For example, questions about the nature of international relations you discuss in the World Politics module will then be pursued in Second Year modules such as the International Politics of Democracy Promotion and may be taken further in more specialised Third Year modules such as Britain and the War on Terror.
Questions tackled when you study Politics and International Studies include:
- What is power, who has it, and how is it used?
- What is terrorism and how does it threaten our security?
- What are rights and who do they belong to?
- Why do states use violence against each other?
- How has globalisation affected patterns of inequality and justice?
- What is the political relationship between states and markets?
- What is democracy and how are states democratising?
You will be taught by a wide range of staff with international research profiles across a number of subfields including political theory, international relations, international security, international political economy, and international development, as well as comparative politics and political systems.
In each year you will take four modules of equal weight (or the equivalent number, in the case of half module options). As the years progress, you will take a decreasing proportion of core modules and specialise your degree with an increasing proportion of optional modules. You can choose to study a language as part of your degree, and take advantage of our many study abroad and internship opportunities. Throughout your degree you will acquire a range of valuable transferable skills such as theoretical analysis, quantitative and qualitative research skills, and a high level of written and verbal communication.
I applied to Warwick because of its prestigious reputation in both academics and extracurricular activities. I chose to study with PaIS and have thoroughly enjoyed the range of subject areas within this field that I have been able to explore. Choosing to study in Madrid on the ERASMUS programme as an intercalated year also allowed me to develop my language skills whilst exploring another culture and academic system. During my time at Warwick I have also organised conferences, run sleep-out demonstrations, volunteered locally, and produced a play, despite having no previous experience. There has been support and encouragement from all areas of the University to get involved, take on responsibility and develop passions and initiative. Peter Thomas, BA Politics and International Studies 2011