MA Politics 2021/22 entry

Course code:

AHT058

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

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Course code:

AHT058

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Course code:

AHT058

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
Request information

Overview

The MA Politics course is designed to give students insight into the ideas, individuals and institutions that shape our world.

The course examines the most pressing issues facing us today including democracy and populism, gender and social change, terrorism and international security. Students are invited to apply theory to real-world events to better understand their own environment and the nature of the global order. Students are given insights into the perspectives and motivations of policy and decision makers, as well as the impact of policy on individuals, communities, social movements and states.  

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

COVID-19

The University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2020/2021 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to Covid-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) and some non-academic offerings (particularly in relation to international experiences), may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

The study of Politics is the study of power: who has it, how they got it, how they use it and how it can be controlled and held accountable.

The MA Politics course examines the most pressing issues facing us today including democracy and populism, gender and social change, terrorism and international security. Students are invited to apply theory to real-world events to better understand their own environment and the nature of the global order. Students are given insights into the perspectives and motivations of policy and decision makers, as well as the impact of policy on individuals, communities, social movements and states.

The course offers an interdisciplinary postgraduate programme that goes well beyond the range of topics typically associated with a pure Politics syllabus. It builds on the expertise of the School of Humanities’ Politics staff in the fields of comparative politics and political theory and broadens the offer by drawing on the skills and experience of the School’s History and International Relations staff. Politics modules include advanced topics covering urgent contemporary issues through up-to-date research and analysis, such as Democracy and Democratic Breakdown, 21st Century Populism and The Changing Nature of War and Terrorism. Experts from the fields of History and International Relations support other core modules in War and Terrorism, Security in the Developing World, Threats to Global Security and Gender and Social Change in 20th Century Britain.  

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Modules

Overview

During each of the first two semesters, you will study four modules built around the two principal themes of the course: national politics and the international political order. During the third semester, you will complete an independent research project on a subject of your choice and a professional development module designed to enhance your employability post-graduation.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    Critical Thinking; Threats to Global Security; Dictatorship and Democratic Breakdown; Resilience in the International System.

  • Semester 2

    21st Century Populism; Governance for Security in the Developing World; Changing Character of War and Terrorism; Gender and Social Change in 20th Century Britain.

  • Semester 3

    Dissertation; Leading Diverse Workforces.

Overview

During semester one, students can apply for the extended route, which offers an opportunity to reflect upon and gain professional experience through three semesters of internship or placement* with a host of different organisations.  Students can also undertake or participate in supervised, campus-based University projects.

Students can also undertake or participate in supervised, campus-based University projects. The professional experience supports the development of students’ personal and professional skills, such as communication, team-working, self-management, project working and critical reflection to enhance their future employability. This experience will build up on students’ previous learning and experiences and encourage them to reflect on their work and skill sets prior to undertaking the final sixty credits of M level study. 

Professional experience placements may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Internships can be international, within the UK or may be internal, within the University. Students who secure appropriate campus-based professional experience, may undertake supervised projects, related research and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate curriculum related skills with an understanding of professional practice. 

  *Internships and placements are subject to competitive application, availability and additional fees

In more detail...

  • Politics courses at Coventry have consistently been ranked in the top 15 Politics courses nationally by the Guardian University Guide (2016-2019), and our undergraduate Politics programme was rated the 9th best Politics course in the UK in 2019
  • Politics and International Relations teaching was ranked 1st for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide in 2018
  • The School and related research centres have a strong portfolio of academic research, as recognised by the Research Excellence Framework

Democracy and Dictatorship: The rise of authoritarian states and disillusion in established liberal democracies have created what scholars have described as a ‘democratic recession' in recent decades. The course examines the resilience of non-democratic forms and the prospects for the continuance of the liberal democratic model

Populism: In the late 20th and early 21st century, movements characterised as ‘populist’ have become increasingly influential in global politics. The course examines these phenomena in a variety of national contexts, examining what drives populist politics and what harm or benefits these movements might bring.

Security and Resilience in the International System: In the 21st century, political systems are confronted by a range of new threats that include crime, economic inequality, poverty, environmental pollution, diseases, natural disasters, state collapse, non-state actors, terrorism and the re-emergence of racial and religious tension. In examining these issues, the module focuses on the theoretical and practical policy challenges that are posed to global security and ability of states and international organisations to respond to the challenges.

War and Terrorism: The course focuses on war and terrorism as threats to the international political order and to the stability of states, examining the changing character of political violence in the 21st century

The course is designed as a one-year programme when studied full-time. You will be taught through lectures, seminars, and workshops with emphasis on working collaboratively in small groups. The course also includes the opportunity to undertake an independent research project supported by an academic supervisor

Your personal tutor and module leaders will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for regular one-to-one advice.

Assessment on the course includes a variety of written forms of assessment such as essays, blogs, strategy documents, policy briefs and a dissertation, as well as assessments based on digital content creation and research-based presentations

Assessment on the course includes a variety of written forms of assessment such as essays, blogs, strategy documents, policy briefs and a dissertation, as well as assessments based on digital content creation and research-based presentations.

On successful completion of the course a student will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights related to politics, much of which is at, or informed by research at, the forefront of their field of study. 

 

  • Critically evaluate current research, advanced scholarship and methodology in the field of Politics.  

 

  • Apply awareness of diverse and interconnected historical, social and cultural contexts to the analysis of political behaviour, discourses and institutions.

 

  • Communicate advanced concepts and analysis to a range of specialist and non-specialist audiences through a range of communication methods (oral, visual and written)

 

  • Manage conflicting or incomplete information and understand competing interests, making sound judgements under conditions of uncertainty.

 

  • Demonstrate independent learning ability and organisational skills that can be transferred and applied to a range of employment environments and learning contexts including the ability to manage time, set objectives and evaluate performance.

 

  • Graduates from the MA Politics will have a wide range of career paths open to them, including the Civil Service, international organisations, the media, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), consultancy, political and public affairs, social research, local government, private sector companies, the culture industry, and further and higher education teaching.

In a typical week, students will have 12 contact hours of teaching. The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

The School runs many Online International Learning (OIL) activities, This is an opportunity to meet, work and collaborate with peers from diverse backgrounds, cultures and nationalities without leaving the UK, for example, taking part in live debates with students in Italy, presenting with peers in Mexico or developing case studies with colleagues in Russia. Politics and International Relations students have recently taken part in webinars and exchange visits with the University of Costa Rica, the University of Buenos Aires, with members of the indigenous Kaingang tribe of Southern Brazil and with the South International Cooperation organisation in Sicily.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

International experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016

12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

Successful applicants must normally hold at least a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

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Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment.

Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Portfolio

Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Successful applicants must normally hold a second class honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Portfolio

Applicants who can demonstrate considerable experience at an appropriate professional level but who do not have the formal academic entry qualifications may also be admitted, subject to an application and assessment.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£10,400 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,600 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

£16,600 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Graduates in Politics develop advanced critical and analytical skills, the ability to make judgements under conditions of uncertainty and inter-cultural awareness. These skills are transferable to a wide range of career paths including government and civil service, diplomacy and foreign service, campaigning and advocacy, social research, journalism and media, public services, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international organisations, the culture industry and education.

The course includes embedded professional development with a Chartered Institute of Management accredited qualification to boost your employability and give you a competitive edge in the job market. This module aims to provide practical leadership skills to critically evaluate and develop solutions for complex, inter-related, multi-faceted issues that you will experience in the workplace.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Talent Team unit that provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university'sTalent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.