Politics and Spanish (BA)

Expertise in politics and government combined with fluency in Spanish opens the door to a wide variety of career paths.

Students on this programme can choose from the full range of Politics modules, while expert language training is accompanied by optional modules on Spanish society and culture. A particular feature of this four-year degree is the Year Abroad where your third year is spent in a Spanish-speaking country in order to practise and improve your language skills. Many of our graduates regard living in Spain as one of the most significant experiences of their university studies; having a positive impact on their personal development and career.

Politics is a fascinating subject that has a significant impact on our everyday lives. The field of politics allows students to explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy or accountability. Modules are varied, allowing you to explore how politics works in Britain and further afield as well as investigate how public policy is made. Other strands of work discuss justice, democracy, human rights and international relations; providing you with a broad understanding of politics tailored to your own particular needs.

As one of the most spoken languages in the world, with between 400 and 500 million speakers internationally, Spanish is becoming increasingly popular at degree level. The ability to communicate fluently in a foreign language is a highly marketable skill.

Key facts

UCAS CodeLR24
Entry pointSeptember 2016
Duration4 years
Typical places availableThe School typically has 185 places available
Typical applications receivedThe School typically receives 600 applications
Typical A level offerABB including a foreign language (excluding General Studies).
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrade A in the Core and grades BB at GCE A-level, to include a Modern Foreign Language
Typical International Baccalaureate offer32 points overall, including 5 in a language at higher level
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Carlos Sanz-mingo, Admissions Tutor

Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.

The programme is made up of compulsory modules as well as optional modules, allowing you to tailor your degree to reflect your specific interests. A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can do original research.

Year one

The first year is an introductory year. It is the results of the second and final years of study that determine your degree classification. This degree is made up of compulsory modules as well as optional modules, allowing you to tailor it to reflect your specific interests. A particular feature is the option of writing a dissertation in your final year. This is highly regarded by employers because it indicates that you can do original research.

Students of this course can choose to study modules outside of their allocated School(s) core and optional modules. These can be chosen from modules from participating Academic Schools.

Year two

In year two you choose three Politics and three Spanish modules. Please note that the lists of modules below are indicative only and that modules may vary from year to year.

Year three: Sandwich year

You will spend the third year of your degree in Spain or another Hispanic country studying at one of our partner universities or working for a Spanish speaking company or organisation. While you are away from Cardiff, you will be assigned a year abroad coordinator who will keep in touch with you and monitor your progress.

The School has established links with universities in Cáceres, Ciudad Real, Granada, Lleida, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla, València and Vic. In Spanish America we have exchange agreements with universities in Lima (Peru) and Guadalajara (Mexico). All students on a Socrates exchange receive an Erasmus grant for each semester they spend abroad.

Year four

In your final year you choose three politics and three Spanish modules, including the option of doing a dissertation.

Module titleModule codeCredits
Spanish Language (BA Languages)ML038220 credits

Module titleModule codeCredits
Politics DissertationPL938620 credits
Elections in the UKPL938720 credits
Modern Welsh PoliticsPL938820 credits
May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and CultureML139920 credits
Catalan Language and Society (Prereq EU0294)ML038120 credits
Politics and Society in SpainML038020 credits
Spanish for professional purposesML038320 credits
Cyfiawnder Byd-eangPL937720 credits
Cenedlaetholdeb, Crefydd a Chyfiawnder: Hanes Athroniaeth yr 20fed Ganrif yng NghymruPL937820 credits
International Relations DissertationPL938520 credits
European Mind in the 20th CenturyPL939020 credits
Student Language AmbassadorML139820 credits
Translation as a ProfessionML239320 credits
Advanced Translation Practice (Spanish)ML038620 credits
Global International Organisation in World PoliticsPL939120 credits
US Government and PoliticsPL937420 credits
International Politics of the Middle EastPL937520 credits
The Limits of Ethics in International RelationsPL937620 credits
Parliamentary Studies ModulePL938020 credits
Women's Voices in Contemporary SpainML039720 credits
European Cinema: thinking the real of fictionML230220 credits
Dissertation/Project (Translation)ML238920 credits
Dissertation Joint Honours - in EnglishML039620 credits
Dissertation Joint Honours - in SpanishML038920 credits
Devolution in Practice: Welsh Law and Politics Work PlacementPL931020 credits
The History of Thought in International RelationsPL931120 credits
Political Economy and the Devolved UKPL931220 credits
Female Voices in Political TheoryPL931320 credits
Justice and the Politics of International LawPL939720 credits
Free Speech in a Multicultural SocietyPL931420 credits
The Politics of Violence and the Violence of PoliticsPL931520 credits
European Cinema DissertationML230320 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Politics
Lectures provide a broad structure for each subject, introduce key concepts, and convey relevant up-to-date information. These are outlined in course syllabi.

Seminars provide an opportunity to ask questions and discuss key ideas in a small group environment. Their purpose is to assist you to integrate the information and ideas you receive from lectures and readings and to explore issues critically and in depth. Set questions and readings form the basis for discussion by directing your attention to relevant aspects of the subject matter and to various types of sources of information. Giving presentations develops your capacity to gather, organise and synthesise relevant information and ideas and to communicate these in a logical and concise manner. Tutor-led and student-led discussion hones logical skills and gives you practice in applying different concepts, theories and methods to the subject-matter at hand. It also exposes you to different interpretations of political ideas and events. Group problem-solving helps to develop collaborative skills.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Prior advice and written feedback (for essays) are used to help you understand what is required.

Modern Languages
Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.

Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.

Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.

Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.

Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.

Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.

Politics
In 2013/14, 96% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, Oxford City Council, the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.

Outside of the political sector, the degree is of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within EY, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.

Modern Languages
In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.

The destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment. 

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.

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