Why Study Politics Here?
The study of Politics examines how power, authority, legitimacy, dissent, disobedience and violence influence our societies, and how these affect decisions making within and amongst states. Politics is the 'master science'; it is only through politics that social activities have significance, and without an understanding of the subject, in all its broadest implications, it is difficult to explain and comprehend what happens in the world and why. Politics staff at Stirling are friendly and accessible. A rich choice of study provides our students with a rounded perspective on a variety of different political systems, ideologies and policies. The study of politics also encourages the development of a range of transferable skills, including analytical thinking, clear communication, group work, and research and organisational skills, all of which are highly valued in the modern workplace.
Information for applicants
Learning and teaching
Politics is committed to excellence in learning and teaching. We are proud of our record in providing a high quality education and constantly strive to improve our students’ experience and enhance their employability.
Key factors which result in a high quality student experience at Stirling are:
- Our students receive an excellent education in Politics which develops a high level of knowledge in a wide range of subject areas.
- All of our degrees develop transferable skills to prepare students for their future careers. We are committed to working with our students to maximise their employability.
- are highly experienced University teachers, with a wide range of specialisms
- write leading politics textbooks and academic journal papers that are used in student learning and teaching
- are committed to high quality and internationally recognised research to develop their specialist areas and to add value to the student experience
- regularly engage with the wider public in a range of activities, ranging from talks in local primary and secondary schools, to advising government agencies and writing for the national press and briefing diplomats and international organisations.
Teaching and support
- Teaching methods are wide-ranging. We use lectures, seminars, tutorials, podcasts and workshops, and class sizes are restricted to maximise the teaching and learning experience.
- Students are encouraged to develop their skills in a friendly and supportive learning environment. Each member of staff runs drop in sessions for students every week, and Politics has a system of advisers of study and mentoring.
- We are committed to providing feedback on students' work to improve their performance and encourage reflective learning.
- Teaching takes place in state-of-the-art lecture theatres and teaching spaces, which are equipped with the most up-to-date technology.
- Course materials and podcasts are available through our intranet, so that students have remote access at all times.
- In addition to our modern, well-equipped library, learning is supported by an extensive e-politics library with remote online access to many thousands of papers in academic journals.
- Students have access to pcs throughout the Stirling campus for online access and online resources can be accessed off-campus through the University Portal.
- Politics works closely with the Staff-Student Consultative Committee to improve the quality of the student experience.