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Politics/Spanish

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2021

Program description

Politics/Spanish

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages and the Department of Politics is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. By combining Spanish and Politics, you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

The field of politics allows you to explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy or accountability as well as incorporating international relations.

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.

Throughout the program, in addition to developing high-level language skills, students gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of Spanish cultures allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

Spain is a major actor on the European and world stage, possessing a rich and sophisticated culture. Spanish is one of the official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations.

We offer Spanish for both advanced students and beginners. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to Spanish history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a Spanish-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research. On completion of this four-year program, you will have a high level of language proficiency, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of Spanish history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB - BBB. Applicants holding a B in Spanish will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for the UK and EU students: £9,000
  • Tution fees for the Students from outside the EU: £18,200

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • Knowledge of the basic concepts related to the modern state and forms of government, especially of the European parliamentary form; explain how core political institutions function; use the specialised vocabulary of political discourse as expressed by political scientists and practitioners; demonstrate the application of foundational research and information skills.
  • Knowledge of the work of several of key thinkers from the history of political thought and from contemporary political thought;
  • Awareness of the broad range of issues and arguments central to political thought; and
  • Familiarity with the range of terms and concepts necessary for an adequate understanding of political thought.
  • Reading and analysis of political and philosophical texts.
  • Summarising and presenting the central arguments of complex texts.
  • Evaluating complex concepts and arguments.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture, literature, and history of Spain and Spanish speaking countries.
  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English and Spanish.
  • Using the arguments of classical, modern and contemporary political theorists in oral debate and discussion and in written assignments.
  • Persuasive argument i.e. one that is reasoned and evidence-based; to gather, organize and deploy evidence and information from a variety of sources.
  • The synthesis of relevant information to exercise critical judgement in evaluating information.
  • The ability to gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources.
  • Constructing a reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The effective use of communication and information technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning program and Professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

Continuing studies

Many graduates pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s MA Translation degrees or a PGCE.

Career opportunities

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, 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.

Our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

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