You develop critical insight into a wide range of national and international political and social issues on this degree. You engage with historical and contemporary political theories and ideas, research, and you are supported so that you can conduct your own original study into the political world. Our diverse team of academic staff and researchers aim to foster a theoretical and empirical understanding of complex domestic and international processes. The degree places special emphasis on the study of international, multilateral and regional political and economic institutions, while examining the roles of and interactions between public and private state and non-state actors. You explore how radical social changes are reshaping the political landscape, and be given the tools required to understand and explain these shifts. You are provided with the skills to formulate and defend complex ideas, develop the ability to think clearly and objectively, and be given the platform to debate convincingly. By focusing on the application of political ideas in the real world, this degree supports you in a variety of career paths and personal journeys. During the course you • learn about the latest thinking in analysing and explaining political trends and issues in the UK and internationally • gain a critical understanding of political institutions, ideologies and theories that affect government and social decision-making. • debate how current issues and political controversies are covered in the media and how the media helps frame political views. Key areas include • the nature of political ideas and concepts • international relations • the political history of the UK • the politics of the European Union and Brexit • the theory and practice of human rights • the politics of the environment • international political economy • charity and philanthropy. You also have the opportunity to study a language. **Work experience and placements** To increase your career potential, you can take various forms of supervised work pleacements. This might be with one of our partner political organisations, or with voluntary or public sector organisations. Our placement partners include local and central government, local educational institutions, and regeneration and environmental organisations. **Study overseas** In the second year you have the option to go on one semester academic exchange with one of our international partner universities in North America and Europe as part of the Erasmus programme. This is a great opportunity to gain academic experience in an international context. **Studying policy-making environments in practice** Students have the opportunity to visit the institutions of the EU to gain first-hand experience of EU policy-making environment. These fully funded visits enable you to meet practitioners and representatives of the institutions of both the EU and other European bodies. Further, guest lecturers regularly come to give you insider perspectives on the machinery of modern politics. **Gain transferrable skills** In addition to specific political skills and knowledge, as a politics graduate you can also offer intellectual and analytical skills and information and communication technology skills that make you attractive to employers in a range of areas. We also have a student-led Politics Society and a model UN group that visits model UN simulations in the UK and abroad. The group's activities help its members develop their negotiation skills and understand how politics really works.