Teaching and Learning
At Plymouth University the study of politics is fresh and distinctive in that our course revolves around the unifying theme of democracy and democratization. In modern times political leaders of all sorts identify themselves as democrats. Governments of many different kinds describe themselves as democracies. Countless and diverse political movements claim to be engaged in struggle for democratic causes. But in many cases such claims appear contradictory. In others, the meaning of democracy is contested. Meanwhile, in many political societies today, democratic institutions and practices are confronted with new challenges or are thought to be absent, vulnerable or under threat.
In our programme, we aim to provide you with opportunities to learn about the politics that will determine our future in the 21st century, with the help of research active scholars who are passionate about their discipline. We also believe that extra-curricular activities outside the formal classroom are very important for the development of graduate employability, so opportunities are also provided for students to engage with national and local politicians, civil servants, journalists, businessmen and professionals working in pressure groups and non-governmental organizations.