Learn how politics changes your world. Develop your critical skills by analysing key political structures and institutions from history, then use them to gain an insight into future political landscapes. Taught by leading historians, sociologists, criminologists and political scientists, you’ll emerge with the knowledge to start changing the world yourself. On this course you’ll study both practical and theoretical aspects of politics. Looking at contemporary perspectives on key political topics, you’ll develop critical analyses of political structures and institutions and gain insights into past, present and future areas of political concern with local and global impact. Focusing on real-life political decision-making, agencies and policies, you’ll examine relevant debates from historical, philosophical and sociological contexts. Our historically-focused modules will give you the chance to view American, British and European politics over the long term, while others will allow you to explore sociological and criminological debates closer to the present. You’ll also be able to develop strands of specialisms in global and international issues, local political concerns, and political activity and activism, choosing from optional modules that will add extra dimensions to your study. You’ll be taught by leading historians, sociologists, criminologists and political scientists, giving you expert perspectives on contemporary political issues. Our course will encourage you to consider issues that reach more widely than traditional political theory or the politics of parliamentary debate, such as: the history and forms of protest and activism; the politics of the new media; the politics of sustainability and energy; and contemporary questions about devolution and the demassification of state power. While examining domestic, European and international themes in politics, you’ll also have the chance to consider the practical implications of the work involved in making policy decisions.