The Minor in Political Science compares political systems with government and examines the major political thinkers, as well as a choice of three additional courses within the subject.


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Programme Structure

Minor requirements – US Credits 18 – UK Credits 72
One of the following:

Introduces students to the study of politics by defining, exploring and evaluating the basic concepts of politics through the analysis of modern and contemporary ideologies. It outlines some of the central issues in the study of politics such as the nature of the political itself; power and authority in the state; political obligation; the rights and duties of the citizen; liberty and equality; economic systems and modes of production through the scope of central political ideologies such as liberalism, Marxism, conservatism, feminism, multiculturalism and environmentalism.

Examines the political experience, institutions, behavior and processes of the major political systems. Analyses major concepts, approaches and methods of political science in order to produce comparative analyses of different states and governments and provide a critical understanding of political decision-making processes in modern states.

plus both:

This course provides students with an introduction to political thought and political philosophy, as it has developed in the Western World. The origins of modern political thought and political ideologies are discovered and explored through the study of a range of major political thinkers, such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Marx, Mill, and Nietzsche.

This course will introduce students to the main political institutions in the United Kingdom (the monarchy, the executive, parliament, political parties and electoral systems) and to important debates in contemporary British society, such as constitutional reform, Britain’s relations with Europe, the power of the media, gender debates and multiculturalism. The class combines theoretical and empirical approaches. Classes are supplemented by 10 sessions in the House of Commons with a Member of Parliament.

plus three PLT courses at Level 5 or higher

Undergraduate Prospectus 2022