How will I be taught?
Treating every student as an individual is central to the College's ethos. You will have unparalled access to highly qualified and experienced academic staff who are friendly, responsive and committed to helping you to achieve your academic, personal and professional potential. Studying the Politics & International Relations BSc, you'll enjoy a varied but integrated range of teaching and learning styles throughout the College's dymanic programme of teaching including:
You study two modules in Politics & International Relations concurrently in each of the Michaelmas and Hilary terms for a total of four modules in each academic year. Our highly qualified lecturers have teaching experience and research interests in the relevant subject area and will lead two lectures in each module, each week.
In your one-to-one tutorial the tutor engages critically with you, entering into your individual point of view and working with you to clarify, challenge, defend, and develop your arguments and ideas. You prepare an essay of up to 2,000 words for every one-to-one tutorial related to one of the degree modules you are studying during that term. Your essay will be the basis of your discussion with your tutor. This form of intellectual engagement is considered to be the gold standard for identifying and drawing out a student's potential.
Small group tutorials
In small group tutorials, you and a small group of students will meet with your tutor to discuss one of the themes of the module. You will always be required to read in preparation for each of your small group tutorials and you will also present an argument for a certain number of them. These will be an opportunity for you to discuss and debate with your tutor and your fellow students and to give and receive both praise and constructive criticism.
Seminars take the form of small group discussions with a lecturer. You will prepare assignments for every seminar and will regularly submit a written presentation or make individual or group oral presentations in your seminars. The aim of your seminar is to give you an opportunity to develop your writing skills, your understanding, and your ability to argue coherently. Seminars also enable lecturers to assess your progress and clarify difficult aspects.
Formative assessment is based mainly on your tutorial essays and your performance in small group tutorials. The marks awarded by NCH academic staff are for guidance only and will not contribute to your degree classification. At the end of term, you will have a Collection in which you will receive verbal feedback from all of the tutors who have been teaching you.
Your summative assessment will be by examinations in the Trinity term and the marks awarded for these will contribute to your degree classification. Each module will normally be examined by a three-hour unseen written paper set and marked by the University of London.
On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a University of London degree. In order to be awarded an honours degree, you are required to have been examined in, and to have completed 12 full modules (or the equivalent) to the satisfaction of the University of London.