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Politics and Psychology BA (Hons)

University of Stirling

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    11-SEP-23

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Politics permeates every aspect of people’s lives: shaping their opinions, informing their decisions, guiding their alliances and enabling their understanding of others’ beliefs and motivations at individual, organisational and societal levels. Studying this subject will increase your awareness of the different political systems, ideologies and policies, which impact people’s lives at regional, national and international levels. Our Politics division is highly regarded and students benefit from a strong research-led approach to teaching. Our Politics programmes are informed by a strong emphasis on research training and transferable skills, which will prepare you for the challenges ahead in the workplace and in the wider world. Politics can be studied at Stirling as a specialist four-year Single Honours degree in Politics or International Politics or taken in combination with another subject as part of a four-year combined Honours degree. Politics can also be taken as a component of the Honours degrees in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) or History, Politics and Professional Education. All Politics Students take both core and options modules. In Semesters 1-4 students take the following Core Modules: Politics of the British Isles; Political Concepts and Ideas; International Politics; Great Political Thinkers; and Comparative Politics: Power and Representation in the Western World. These Core Modules are usually taught by two lectures and one tutorial per week and provide students with a sound foundation of the key aspects of the discipline. All Single Honours Politics students and most Combined Honours students take Research Methods in Politics in Semester 6 and write a Politics Dissertation in their final year Semesters (7-8). Honours Option Modules are offered in Semesters 5-8 and provide Politics students with a choice of modules on political theories and concepts, aspects of international politics, and British and European politics. Modules on offer as Honours Option Modules can include (among others): Human Rights in International Politics; Global Political Economy; Global Environmental Politics; Politics of Justice, Equality and Rights; Religion and Politics Worldwide; Issues in International Politics; Scottish Politics and Government; and Middle East Politics. Assessment for all these modules is through a combination of coursework and examinations. Coursework includes essays, tutorial presentations, participation in tutorials, role-play exercises and case studies, political posters and book reviews. Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. During this course you will investigate how and why humans (and other animals) behave in the ways they do, and learn about the mental processes driving these behaviours. As you’ll discover, Psychology is a very broad subject, covering such diverse areas as brain function, perceiving the world and even the social interactions in a football crowd. Psychology at Stirling is internationally renowned for research and this feeds into teaching. In our taught modules, you learn of the importance of research in furthering the understanding of behaviour and, in practical work, develop research skills of your own. Semesters 1 – 2 comprise an introduction to psychology as a biological and behavioural science including: Developmental Psychology; Brain and Behaviour; Language and Thinking; Animal Behaviour; Clinical and Abnormal Psychology; Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. Other modules on this course may include: Research Methods, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Individual Differences, Cognition, Animal Behaviour and Clinical and Health Psychology. In the final year of our Single Honours Programme, as well as an individual research project, you will

Application deadline

25 January

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University information

University of Stirling

  • University League Table

    50th

  • Campus address

    University of Stirling, Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA, Scotland

The University of Stirling's 330-acre campus is conveniently located in the heart of Scotland and offers excellent facilities.
A diverse and welcoming community of staff and students across the university represent more than 120 countries around the world.
The University of Stirling offers a broad range of scholarships and funding opportunities designed to support international students.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 84 26

    43rd out of 117 11

  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    146 70%

    21st

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    52.0 52%

    59th

    5
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%

    23rd

    4
  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    153 72%

    24th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    50.0 50%

    59th

    18
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%

    27th

    41

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