This course provides an opportunity to study governments, societies and the interaction of people, ideas and institutions which will provide the focus to understand how values are allocated and resources are distributed in various global contexts. As a foundation year student you will take two modules which focus on equipping you with the skills and attributes needed to thrive as an undergraduate student. The foundation year also provides you with the opportunity to meet and interact with fellow foundation year students across the University. This course provides you with an opportunity to examine the contemporary world at local, national and global levels. It has an emphasis on the critical appraisal of today's global problems, with the aim of developing critical reading and debating skills gradually, across all levels of the course. The experiential module 'Working in Political and International contexts' will provide a valuable opportunity to experience theory in practice and this is complemented by a balance of practical, policy and theory driven assessments throughout the extent of the course, culminating in the final Dissertation project. Upon graduation you will have developed pragmatic research capability and knowledge that you will be able to apply to professional settings within a workplace. You will have learned to think independently, developed a problem solving attitude with extensive knowledge base, attributes highly sought after in the workplace and valued by employers. Politics and International Relations graduates have most commonly found employment in a wide range of public, private and voluntary sector including: • international agencies • government • business • media.