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Pre-University Summer School in the USA: International Politics (Module)

Module description

This King’s Pre-University course inspires students through interactive teaching, expert lectures and a series of student debates to question how citizens set political direction for the state (through elections, social and interest group participation, etc.) and how that direction builds up to the level of shaping international politics. We will take an international perspective as we explore political systems, political parties and voters’ preferences and examine how major events can affect public perceptions of the state.  

This course will offer a unique insight into studying Politics, and related subjects, at undergraduate level. Students will build their understanding of today’s political landscape and regular student led debates will challenge them to apply their knowledge to create compelling and substantiated arguments. Students will also have the chance to hear from practitioners working in relevant organisations and reflect on how their learning relates to the world of work.

This course will consist of a minimum of 20 contact hours and teaching will take place Monday- Friday. To see an example timetable please click here.

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the course, you should have:

  • reviewed the historical, institutional and political foundations of the political systems that govern nations.
  • understood the composite parts of political systems internationally and how they function.
  • examined the formation and role of political parties and political activism in representing the electorate in different parts of the world.
  • traced how the political process evolves to transform ideas and desires into campaigns ultimately to become policy.
  • understood how political systems are inter-connected with and influenced by economics, geography, social justice and the rule of law as well as major events such as war.

Staff information

Dr Diana Bozhilova, Summer Programmes Teaching Fellow at King’s College London and Head of Faculty at New College of the Humanities. 

Dr Bozhilova is a political science expert whose published research focuses on democratisation and reform, as well as on energy security and development. She holds positions at King's College London and New College of the Humanities in the UK and served as an expert witness to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union.

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Case studies
  • Group activities
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

No formal assessment but up to 3 hours of reading/tasks may be assigned throughout the course to be completed outside of class time. Upon completion of the class, students will receive a letter of recommendation and a certificate of completion.

Key information

Module code 9NCO1SUMW

Credit level 4


Credit value Students who complete this course will receive a certificate of attendance rather than course credits.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No