In an ever changing and increasingly globalised world, few academic subjects
are as central to our everyday lives as government and politics, and now more so
The study of politics is concerned primarily with analysing how and why
governments interact with society, as well as how countries interact with each
other. Those who study politics address such important questions as:
- Why do people
vote the way they do?
- How are political decisions made?
- Why do citizens become
involved in violent and non-violent movements?
- Why do governments and regimes rise
- Why do international conflicts arise and how can they be
prevented in the future?
Politics and political events dominate domestic and international news,
while political decisions themselves affect diverse areas of our lives,
including the ways in which we are educated, housed, cared for in hospital, kept
secure from crime and violence, as well as how our basic rights are protected.
Why study at Essex?
All our degrees will give you a sound understanding in political
systems, political behaviour and political ideas.
As a graduate from the department you will be well-equipped for a
range of careers and you can leave Essex knowing
that you have been taught by teachers and researchers at the forefront of their
Whether you already know what
area you want to specialise in or if you're keeping your options open, studying
for a degree in politics or international relations at Essex will equip you with a range
of skills that any employer will be looking for from a graduate, including:
- critical thinking;
- problem solving;
- gathering and analysing evidence;
- questioning established ideas;
- expressing your ideas clearly and logically; and
- writing for a variety of purposes.
Last modified on 18 December 2012