Ethical and Political Studies

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This degree programme explores a broad range of ethical and political considerations including climate change, the ethics of war, the nature and ethics of political protest, poverty, animal rights, medical ethics, the nature of social relationships and the nature and degree of our obligations to others. 

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FIVE REASONS TO CHOOSE ETHICS AND POLITICAL STUDIES:

  • Wide range of modules on relevant topics like the nature of social justice, or environmental ethics .

  • Modules based on lecturers' distinctive research expertise in political and moral philosophy. 

  • Innovative immersive teaching in small groups and one-to-one tutorials.

  • Space for independent thinking and opportunities to pursue your own favourite topics and interests.

  • Chance to combine your studies with modules from other humanities subjects.

Take a Different Approach to Your Studies

Fancy studying another subject alongside Ethics and Political Studies?

We offer a range of pathways that give students the opportunity to diversify their studies in different subject areas. For example, Ethics and Political Studies pathways include: Politics, Economics, and International Development.

Ethics and Political Studies students are also encouraged to take modules in other subject areas, including: PhilosophyReligious StudiesInternational Development and Global PoliticsMedieval StudiesEnglishChinese StudiesAnthropology, and Heritage Studies.

Key Facts

UCAS Code: D429
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time, 6 part-time

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Location:
Lampeter
School/Faculty:
Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
Contact Email:
fhpadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice:
English  

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The BA Ethical and Political Studies programme is distinct from degrees in political science in that it does not address the workings or structures of political institutions, but rather explores the ideas and theories that underpin them.

It draws upon expertise in ethics, political philosophy, anthropology, history, psychology and religious studies to provide a critical understanding of the ethical and political issues that face the modern world.  

  • Ethics
  • Freedom, Equality & Justice: An Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • An Introduction to Human Rights
  • Sustainable Development in an era of Globalisation
  • Humanitarian Intervention
  • Contemporary Issues in Comparative Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • World Politics
  • The Modern Middle East Religion, Culture and Politics
  • Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Metaethics
  • Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Freedom, Agency & Responsibility
  • Environment, Sustainability and Philosophy
  • Anthropological Perspectives on Power and Politics
  • Activism, Protest and Campaigning for Global Justice
  • Contemporary Issues in Comparative Politics
  • International Political Economy
  • World Politics
  • The Modern Middle East Religion, Culture and Politics
  • Political Economy of Natural Resources
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Metaethics
  • Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Freedom, Agency & Responsibility
  • Environment, Sustainability and Philosophy
  • Anthropological Perspectives on Power and Politics
  • Activism, Protest and Campaigning for Global Justice
  • Opportunities to be part of a development project in Rwanda or Kenya
  • Small class sizes
  • An opportunity for a work placement in a company or organisation that works in the social or ethical sector 
  • A supportive and friendly environment
  • Regular tutorials
  • A multi-disciplinary course

Opportunities to be part of a development project in Rwanda or Kenya. 

The programme is assessed primarily via coursework essays with some presentations and exams.  

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds.

To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

  • The Social Sector
  • Law
  • Politics and Civil Service
  • Media and journalism

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Fieldtrip module: c. £500-£700

For any students considering studying BA Ethical and Political Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.