The Department of Politics and Public Policy offers a range of different undergraduate programmes. There are a wide range of specialist subjects within each of these degree programmes. These include modules in British Politics and Government, Contemporary America, the Politics of the European Union, the Politics of Nationalism, Globalisation and Democracy, and International Security in a Globalised World. Added to this, there is the possibility of having a placement after the second year of study, or during the final year of study. This placement could be at Parliament, with a local council, a voluntary organisation, or even overseas. There are also opportunities to study abroad in the USA, as well as across a number of European countries.
Not only is the Department of Politics and Public Policy recognised for its research output, but it has also been recognised as a centre of teaching excellence. It is the only Politics Department in the UK with two National Teaching Fellows. Such awards are bestowed only upon those with an excellent pedigree in teaching.
The Department is also to the forefront in designing innovative forms of assessment. As with other universities, essays and exams may be utilised. A key difference here is the use of other forms of assessment such as simulation games, round table discussions, and the development of portfolios.
Feedback from students in the Department has returned excellent results. Students have enthused over the quality of teaching and the support given by staff. They have found opportunities to interact with both staff and students when discussing topical issues. These have included:
- the intervention in Libya
- government spending cuts
- funding of higher education
- the right to protest
- the need to combat climate change.
Student Prize Winners 2016
- Best Economics and Government student: Prabhdeep Gill
- Best Government and Politics student: Ghulam Mohueddin
- Best International Business and Globalisation student: Charlton Brown
- Best International Relations and Politics student: Stacie McCluskey
- Best International Relations student: Tamara Amarquaye
- Best Politics student: Jack Kerry
- Best overall student in the Department of Politics and Public Policy: Charlton Brown
- The Michael Cunningham Prize for best dissertation: Tamara Amarquaye and Stacie McCluskey (joint winners)
- Babyliss and Smith prize for best first year student in the Department of Politics and Public Policy: Connor Loftus