Why study Politics?

When you study politics, you will not be taught what to think, but how to think. In other words, you will learn:

  • How to collect evidence and marshal it in logical and clear argument
  • How to deepen your understanding of a range of political situations and contexts
  • How to form independent judgements about major controversies in contemporary times (the causes of the collapse of the Celtic Tiger, the impact of globalisation, the consequences of war in Iraq and so on...)

You will also learn how concepts central to the study of politics are contested between differing political views (what constitutes fairness or equality? how do we measure democratic freedoms? what is the link between economic growth and political power? and so on...). Moreover when you put these ideas and arguments together in essays, presentations, debate and discussion, you will develop a range of practical skills that set you apart in the job market (such as communication, argumentation, IT and presentation skills).

There are a variety of ways to study politics at UL. The BA in Politics and International Relations is the most obvious, but politics is also central to the BA in Politics and Public Administration and may be taken as a major or minor option in the general arts degree BA HPSS.

Student View on participation in the Model European Union 2013

Model European Union 2013:
Unique Opportunity to Experience the EU at First Hand
Paul Nallon, BA Politics and International Relations

From the 20th to the 27th April 2013, I took part in the Model European Union in the European Parliament Strasbourg. Having completed an academic essay and motivational letters, I was one of the lucky approximately 170 out of the over 1000 candidates. Model European Union is a week-long simulation, drawing students up to the age of 26 from disciplines in European Politics, International Relations and Law.  Read more....