You'll gain a thorough grounding in politics by analysing and criticising classic and contemporary texts. You'll also study the growth of globalisation and its effects on nations, regions and their dealings with each other.
Your studies will address questions such as; How have policy makers guided the evolution of the world's different systems of government? Is democracy a universal pattern that can be applied regardless of history and culture? How can negotiators advance the interests of their nations while seeing their counterparts as competitors as well as partners? And how well are international institutions performing in advancing human rights and the rule of law? These are the kinds of questions you'll explore in this wide-ranging, relevant and highly stimulating course.
Throughout the course, students will:
- map the political currents that have shaped our world and understand how they interact with each other – and how the models underlying them can be challenged
- analyse the drivers and constraints of political development
- develop a wide range of transferable skills such as writing and presenting reports.
Alongside the course units you take in your final year, you will also write a dissertation of 8,000-9,000 words on an appropriate topic which particularly interests you. This will give you solid experience in developing your ideas and communicating them.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure.
The Department’s website gives detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.