Each year you will take three course units in Politics and one in Philosophy.
You'll gain a thorough grounding in Politics and International relations by analysing and criticising classic and contemporary texts. You'll study the growth of globalisation and its effects on nations, regions and their dealings with each other. Your studies will address questions such as; how have policy makers guided the evolution of the world's different systems of government? Is democracy a universal pattern that can be applied regardless of history and culture? And how well are international institutions performing in advancing human rights and the rule of law?
For Philosophy you will take two introductory half-unit courses in the first year and then choose from a wide range of course units in years two and three. These cover ancient philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato as well as specialist fields such as the philosophy of art and radical political theory.
Throughout the course, you will:
map the political currents that have shaped our world and understand how they interact with each other – and how the models underlying them can be challenged
appreciate the theory and practice of diplomacy, the mechanisms of international consensus-building, and the role of transnational institutions
develop your understanding of key philosophical texts
acquire critical, analytical and group-working skills.
All undergraduate degree courses at Royal Holloway are based on the course unit system. This system provides an effective and flexible approach to study, while ensuring that our degrees have a coherent and developmental structure. In the case of combined degree courses, this approach also makes it possible to change the balance of your subjects during your time at Royal Holloway.
The websites of the Department of Classics and Philosophy and Department of Politics and International Relations give detailed lists of the course units taken for each different degree.