Politics: an Introduction, Short Course | Part time online | University of Oxford | United Kingdom
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Politics: an Introduction

3 months
300 GBP/full
300 GBP/full
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Politics: an Introduction at University of Oxford has an impact on us all, whether or not we choose to be politically active. An understanding of the key elements of politics is essential if we are to understand how and why political decisions are made, how governments work and make sense of national and global events.


Course aims

This Politics: an Introduction course aims to to introduce participants to the study of politics. This course will enable participants to:

  • Gain an understanding of the principal theories, concepts and ideologies that have influenced the development of the contemporary state
  • Develop an understanding of political behaviour
  • Understand how legislative and governmental systems work
  • Appreciate the connection between the global and local through studying policy-making and implementation processes

Teaching outcomes

By the end of this course students will be expected to have gained the following skills:

  • The ability to analyse and discuss ideas criticallyli>
  • The ability to identify and compare the key characteristics of political and governmental institutions and how they function/li>
  • The ability to compare and contrast politics in different countries
  • The ability to research current political issues and relate them to the course material


FHEQ level 4, 10 CATS points

Programme Structure

Programme details

  • Introducing Politics.
  • Key Concepts in Politics.
  • Political Ideas and the Modern State.
  • Political Ideologies and Movements of the Left.
  • Political Ideologies and Movements of the Right.
  • Political Behaviour.
  •  Government and Governmental Systems.
  •  Policy-making and Implementation.
  • Trends and Issues in International Politics.
  • Globalisation and the Nation-State.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 3 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


10 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will be set two pieces of work for the course. The first of 500 words is due halfway through your course. 
  • This does not count towards your final outcome but preparing for it, and the feedback you are given, will help you prepare for your assessed piece of work of 1,500 words due at the end of the course. The assessed work is marked pass or fail.

Technological requirements

This course is delivered online; to participate you must to be familiar with using a computer for purposes such as sending email and searching the Internet. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    300 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.
  • National

    300 GBP/full
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    Based on the tuition of 300 GBP for the full programme during 3 months.


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Politics: an Introduction
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