The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Politics and War Studies

Why choose this course?

As well as detailed knowledge of forms of conflict and how politics and political negotiation attempt to render violent conflict unnecessary, the course provides graduates with the generic skills of critical inquiry, the ability to undertake close textual analysis and the ability to demonstrate knowledge and present coherent arguments in a number of forms. As well as specific subject knowledge, graduates will develop a wide range of transferable skills including technological proficiency as reflected in the subject and university commitment to blended learning.

What happens on the course?

Indicative Course Structure (Info correct on July 2016).

Semester 1 Starters:

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1

Semester 2

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics

C

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations

4WR003 War and the Modern World

C

4WR002 Thinking About War and Peace

Take ONE of:

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: women in Britain and its Empire 1800-1950

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

O

Take ONE of:

4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism

4WR004 The Holocaust

4SL011 Volunteering in the Community

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1

Semester 2

5PO003 Contemporary Political Ideologies

C

5P0004 World Politics

Take ONE of:

5HS010 The Great War 1914-1919

5WR007 Political Violence

5WR006 War in Europe 1939-45

C/O

Take ONE of:

5WR004 Terrorism

5WR002 Battle for Normandy 1944

5WR005 Virtual Warriors: The Evolution of War Gaming

Take ONE of:

5PO006 Contemporary Britain

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

Or another level 5 module from the box above

  • C/O

Take ONE of:

5SL008 Volunteering in Action

5PO005 Europe United? Politics, Societies and Cultures

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

Another level 5 module from the box above

PLACEMENT YEAR (Option)

5LW022: Supervised Placement Year (40 credits) (Cannot be taken if 5SL008 is taken)

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Take ONE of:

6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland

6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe

C/O

You MUST take:

6PO003 Political Theory

Take ONE of:

6WR004 Trial by Fire: The American Civil War 1861 – 1865

6WR007 Dreadnought to Enterprise: Maritime Warfare c.1900 to the Present Day

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

O

Take ONE of:

6WR001 Conflict Resolution in the Modern World

6WR005 The Barbarisation of Warfare

6HS010: Germany, 1919-1949

6PO002 Politics of the Middle East

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

Take ONE OF

6PO004 Politics Project

6WR006 War Studies Project

6WR009/6PO008 Work Placement in the Community

(if you are taking a project in semester 2) take one more module from the level 6 lists above

NB: one independent study must be taken in the year- see note below

C

Take ONE OF

6PO004 Politics Project

6WR006 War Studies Project

6WR009/6PO008 Work Placement in the Community

OR (if you have taken a project in semester 1) take one more module from the level 6 lists above

NB: one independent study must be taken in the year- see note below

Why Wolverhampton?

The War Studies and Politics team are research- active with specialisms in the areas of conflict resolution, military strategy and tactics and terrorism.

An innovative, evolving and well-resourced course, which combines the breadth of the Politics curriculum with the expertise gained from the longest running undergraduate War Studies degree programme in the UK.

This degree is located in the School of Law, Social Science and Communications which has a well-established tradition of student support in terms of academic counselling and skills development including `one-to-one’ student skills support.

Prospective students can find a recommended reading list for our courses here.

What our students think

A recent Politics graduate stated that …`the contribution of Wolverhampton University’s lecturers to my personal development is undeniable and cannot be quantified. The support of the academic staff in terms of both time and effort, was fantastic.’

Career path

Many Students in War Studies and Politics go on to post-graduate study including on the MA Conflict Studies at Wolverhampton. Other frequent career paths include local government employment, serving in the armed forces, teaching, administration and management posts.

What skills will you gain?

At the completion of the course the student will;

  1. Be able to identify and critically compare concepts and methodologies used in Politics
  2. Be familiar with the major ideological traditions in Politics
  3. Be aware of the different conceptualisations of citizenship within the global community
  4. Have an awareness and understanding of the strategic, ethical and philosophical theories underpinning War Studies;
  5. Have an understanding of the varieties of approaches to analysing the concept of war and war’s implications
  6. Be able to apply his/ her critical and analytic skills in an enterprising manner.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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Telephone

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Email

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