Studying Politics means studying the real world - and developing the skills to make sense of it. This is why we invite you to start the course by considering your own political development.
In year 1 you will take the Introduction to Politics module, which begins with an examination of politics by looking at the individual and society and political ideologies, and the Politics in Comparative Perspective module which compares different types of political systems. You will also study the academic skills which you need to study Politics.
In years 2 and 3 you will have a choice of modules on such subjects as political thought, researching politics and international relations, counter terrorism, conflict and peace-building, the political sociology of crime and disorder, identity politics and also on the politics and governance of specific states or regions such as the UK, the USA, Europe, Central Asia, Russia and South Africa.
You may choose to write a dissertation in your final year as part of the honours component of the course. This is an extended piece of original research which offers you the opportunity to specialise in one of your fields or to combine them both in an interdisciplinary project.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from those shown here.
Year 1 compulsory modules:
- Introduction to Politics
- Politics in Comparative Perspective
- Academic Literacy in Politics and International Relations
- Introduction to International Relations I: Perspectives
- Introduction to International Relations II: Themes and Issues
- Understanding Society I: Differences and Divisions
- Understanding Society II: Transformations
Years 2 and 3
- Freedom, Justice and Political Theory
- Postcolonial Perspectives on Western Culture and Politics
- Global Environmental Politics
- Conflict and Peacebuilding
- Nationalism, Identity and Ethnicity
- Central Asia in Global Politics: Beyond Oil and Islam
- Counter Terrorism in Comparative Perspective
- State and Society in Contemporary Russia
- Political Sociology of Crime and Disorder
- South African Politics: from Apartheid to Democracy
- Independent Study in Politics
- Dissertation or Interdisciplinary Dissertation in Politics
- Theory and Practice of Human Rights
- State and Society in Europe
- Modern British Politics
- Russia and East Europe after Lenin
- Understanding Europe: History, Culture and Political Economy
- Political Thought I
- Political Thought II
- Researching Politics and International Relations 1: Analytical Mode
- Researching Politics and International Relations 2: Methods
- Democracy, Autocracy and Regime Change
- Sex, Gender and Politics
- Work-based learning in Politics and IR
- Violence, Resistance and Identity Politics
- The Ethics of Migration
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Our work placement module offers students the opportunity to build on the skills and knowledge gained in level 4 modules by undertaking a placement with organisations that are engaged in areas relevant to the study of Politics. Students will be able to evaluate and reflect critically upon this experience in a module that links theory and practice of Politics in a professional context.
Students organise placements themselves, and are responsible for their own travel and associated costs - it is advised that they organise placements bearing this in mind. Oxfordshire based placements are accessible via public transport - often via the University’s subsidised BROOKESbus service, which is free to bus pass holders. Placements in London will incur higher travel costs; for example, a day return ticket on the Oxford Tube costs £14 (subject to change, for the latest fares see the Oxford Tube website). It is encouraged that students explore opportunities for their placement provider to cover travel costs if they opt for a placement which is not local.
Politics students are actively encouraged to study for part of their
degree at other universities in the EU, Free University Amsterdam, and
The University of Tampere, Finland. In the past students have also
taken advantage of opportunities to study in the USA, Kazakhstan and
The department has links with a number of European universities through
the Erasmus programme, which last for one or two semesters. With over
100 partner institutions across the world, Oxford Brookes can offer you
a unique overseas study experience.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
Tuition fees are paid as they would be if you remained in the UK, either
to Oxford Brookes via your Student Loan or directly to Oxford Brookes
according to your preference.
You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation,
purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance and visas.
Funding is available through the Erasmus scheme, and also via some
international programmes such as the Santander Student Awards.
There is also a European work placement programme which gives you the
chance to work abroad as part of your studies.
For more information, visit our pages on studying
abroad and exchanges.
Free language courses for students - the Open Module
Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.
Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:
- studying at a Brookes partner college
- studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.
We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading this is at their own discretion.
On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published
on the website. For more information, please visit our
Changes to programmes