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BA Politics Part II Modules

Please note that the availability of modules varies from year to year. For currently available modules, please check the 2015-2016 Part II handbook.

2nd year core options

Students are required to take 240 credits altogether in Part II, at least 180 credits of which must be in their major subject.  Usually this will be divided evenly across years two and three.


In the second year, 90 credits must be made up from the core list in the Part II Courses booklet (30 credits per full-unit module, 15 credits per half-unit module).  The remaining 30 credits can be made up from modules freely chosen from all second year modules in PPR.

  • PPR.202: Ethics: Theory and Practice
  • PPR.220: Modern Political Thought
  • PPR.221: International Relations and Security
  • PPR.222: Politics of Development
  • PPR.223: The United Kingdom: State, Politics and Policy
  • PPR.224: Politics of the European Union
  • PPR.225: Introduction to Peace Studies
  • PPR.226: Comparative Politics of the Asia Pacific and the Middle East
  • PPR.239: Indian Politics, Society and Religion

3rd year core options

In the third year, there is the option (but not requirement) to take a dissertation unit – 30 credits. There is also the option of taking up to 30 credits worth of modules from the second year core list in third year.
In the third year the 120 credits will be composed by following one of the following options:


(1)          Six half-unit modules (15 credits each) chosen from the third year core list, plus two half-unit modules that may be freely chosen from across the range of third year modules in PPR.


(2)          Either Four half-unit modules (15 credits each) chosen from the third year core list, plus two half-unit modules that may be freely chosen from across the range of third year modules in PPR, plus 30 credits worth of modules from the second year core list; or five half-unit modules (15 credits each) chosen from the third year core list, plus two half-unit modules that may be freely chosen from across the range of third year modules in PPR, plus one half-unit module from the second year core list.


(3)          A dissertation unit, plus 4 half-unit modules chosen from the third year core list, plus two half-unit modules that may be freely chosen from across the range of third year modules in PPR.


(4)          A dissertation unit, plus two half-unit modules that may be freely chosen from across the range of third year modules in PPR, plus either (i) 30 credits worth of modules chosen from the second year core list, plus 2 half-unit modules from the third year list; or (ii) one half-unit module from the second year core list, plus 3 half-unit modules from the third year list.

  • PPR.309: Practical Philosophy
  • PPR.312: Contemporary Moral Philosophy
  • PPR.321: Reading Political Theory
  • PPR.324: Politics of Global Danger
  • PPR325: International Political Economy of Globalization
  • PPR.328: Understanding External Intervention in Violent Conflicts
  • PPR.330: Britain in the World
  • PPR.331: The European Union and the World
  • PPR.333: Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
  • PPR.336: Africa and Global Politics
  • PPR.339: Elections, Voters and Political Parties
  • PPR.340: Islamic Politics
  • PPR.341: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights
  • PPR.342: Global Political Economy and the World Today
  • PPR.343: Corporations, Global Political Economy and the Law
  • PPR.344: Politics of Cultural Diversity
  • PPR.345: Exploring the Persian Gulf
  • PPR.357: Religion and Politics
  • PPR:359: Religion in Contemporary Indian Life
  • PPR.360: Modern Christian Thought
  • PPR.362: Religion and Violence
  • PPR.363: Media, Religion and Politics
  • PPR.389 Communicating Politics
  • PPR.390: PPR in Education
  • PPR.391b: China in the Modern World
  • PPR.392e: Complexity, Pragmatism and Policy
  • PPR.393: Dissertation with Field Studies
  • PPR.394: Dissertation with External Collaboration
  • PPR.399: Dissertation

Full PPR module list.

For more details of specific course requirements please see the 2015-2016 Part II handbook.

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