Politics & International Relations
Politics in print.
The Greeks called politics ‘the master science’ in recognition of
its breadth and importance. Through studying Politics &
International Relations at Reading, you will apply the resources of
a vibrant discipline to some of the most pressing problems of the
contemporary world. You will explore the ideas, theories and values
that shape policy, learn what motivates political behaviour, and
examine how institutions of government and their political processes
work at domestic and international levels.
Career prospects: Our graduates find employment
in many fields. Some put their special skills of political analysis
to direct use in the Home and European civil services, political
research units, aid agencies and journalism. Others go into
industry, commerce, banking and the City. Even here, the global
reach of many enterprises provides graduates in Politics &
International Relations with an opportunity to make their particular
Quality Assessment: In the latest national
Teaching Quality Assessment of Politics this department obtained an
‘Excellent’ rating, including maximum points for teaching, learning
and assessment and for student progression and achievement. In the
most recent Research Assessment Exercise the department was awarded
the high grade of 5, signifying international excellence.
Your Choice of Programme: The first year modules
provide a self-contained introduction to the study of Politics and
International Relations. These form part of a flexible overall
degree structure which enables you to sample the subject before
committing yourself to a degree. If you wish to continue in this
field of study, you can choose between the single subject programme
in Politics & International Relations or in War, Peace and
International Relations, and many combined subject programmes, in
which Politics or International Relations is studied along with a
subject from another department.
Both the single and combined
programmes offer many optional modules enabling you to match your
degree with your particular interests. There are also opportunities
to spend part of the second year at an American or European
Teaching methods underline the collaborative nature
of the learning process. Lectures accompany most units but our main
emphasis is on small tutorial groups where you will be able to share
the results of your research with fellow students. Assessment is by
unseen written examinations and coursework (essays and
Politics can be combined with Economics LL12, English LQ23,
French LR21, German LR22, Italian LR23, Modern History LV21,
Philosophy LV25, Sociology LL32.
International Relations can
be combined with Economics LL21, English LQF3, French RL12, German
RL22, Italian RL32, Modern History VL12, Philosophy VL52, Sociology
In all the combined subject degrees, the two subjects
chosen are given equal weight and value.
Studying at Reading was probably the most formative experience of
my adult life and what I learned there opened up a whole range of
new opportunities for me… It left me with a firm conviction of the
primary importance of education and a deeper understanding of the
benefits it can bring.
David Hughes, BA Modern History and
Politics (1985), Transport Negotiator, European Commission