Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This is a degree for a changing world. Expressed in ways that all too often appear to western journalists and reporters as a totalitarian nation, this degree provides students with the necessary theoretical, comparative and linguistic tools to enable them to tell a more complex variegated and culturally embedded story. Yet this is not an area studies degree. It's a new type of degree which combines discipline and language so that students are theoretically, linguistically and culturally ready to undertake a thesis on the subject of China. This course offers the cultural, linguistic and theoretical skills necessary to fully appreciate Chinese political culture. You'll develop an understanding of conventional as well as interdisciplinary ways of understanding the international realm, and will study not only the West, but also China, Japan, India and Africa. In other words, this course offers a broad comparative and culturally nuanced understanding of the world that takes into account its changing nature. You'll gain an advanced level of Chinese that will enable you to read Chinese newspapers, books and blogs and listen to radio television and film in Chinese. To understand politics you needs to understand culture. Politics is embedded in culture and yet all too often we assume knowledge which is also culturally embedded is neutral. We'll defamiliarise you from what you think you already know, and encourage you to look at subjects from different cultural perspectives. We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political arguments, theories and ideas. The Department of Politics has links with the Home Office, Department for Transport, local government and the European Commission. It also has, in conjunction with the Goldsmiths Confucius Institute, a wide range of contacts in China.

Course Modules

Subject areas include: international relations; global politics; comparative area studies and/or political theory.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £13,100  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
BA (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • BTEC National Award
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • GCE A-level BBB-ABB
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units)
  • BTEC National Diploma
  • SQA Advanced Higher BBC-ABC
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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87% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 86%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 78%

£22,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

70% Go on to work and/or study

In work 45
Studying 20
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 20
Unknown 10

21% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 25%

Total Coursework: 36%

Total Practical: 14%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation