BA European Politics
Our new BA European Politics started in September 2013. It adopts a comparative perspective by giving students the opportunity to take a range of modules on specific European countries but also provides them with the theoretical and methodological tools to understand how domestic politics is part of a European system of governance where borders have become less significant for the circulation of people, goods and ideas. Through its compulsory modules the programme promotes an understanding of European politics as situated in and influenced by the international system and global politics. It offers substantial opportunities for specialisation in areas such as foreign policy, political parties and institutions, economic policy and political thought, plus the expertise of staff to offer supervision of a dissertation in the final year of study. During the first two years of the programme half of the modules that students take are compulsory with the remaining half chosen from a range of optional courses. In the final year all modules are optional. This structure gives students a great degree of freedom to shape their programme of study to their own particular interests. Students on the European Politics programme will also have the opportunity to participate in the department’s full range of activities and events as well as being able to take advantage of King’s College London’s location close to the centre of politics in the UK. You can find out more about the BA European Politics programme on our 2014 Open Day video.
BA European Studies
Our long-standing BA European Studies is a tightly structured interdisciplinary programme focused on contemporary Europe coupled with the in-depth study of the history, politics, culture and language of either France, Germany or Spain (pathways). This degree has a tightly structured framework and is split 50/50 between core modules and pathway-specific modules. In each year, half the modules deal with the study of Europe (politics, political economy, political thought, contemporary history, culture, economics, geography, law), a quarter with the politics and history of France, Germany or Spain, and a quarter with the language and contemporary culture of the same country. The third year is taught and examined in the language of the country of study at either the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, the Humboldt University in Berlin or the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Departments involved at King's are French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, History, The Dickson Poon School of Law, Geography and War Studies.You can find out more about the BA European Studies programme on our 2014 Open Day video
Please consult the online prospectus for more detailed information on both programmes.