I took part in the King’s College Applicant Day last week and got a really good sense of what kinds of questions students were asking. Although there is a plethora of information on the internet, I feel its best if I give an overview of what to expect from your modules next year. Although the course has changed somewhat over the last year (since we are a new and rapidly expanding department) most of the modules I did last year will be very similar to what you can expect, I’ll give some information about the modules you’ll be doing that I also did:
Studying Politics – This was an interesting module, with overlaps in philosophy and logic. It gave me a real understanding and grounding on how to tackle questions on politics through the lenses of ontology, epistemology and methodology.
World Politics Since 1945 – Essentially a module on international relations. This course was extremely diverse in its scope – covering topics such as nuclear war/terrorism to topics such as regionalisation or the United Nations.
Introduction to Political Theory – This module was absolutely brilliant, giving us a thorough walk-through of some of the most contested topics and thinkers on political theory and political philosophy.
Principles of Economics – For me this module was quite simple since I had done A-level economics beforehand, however I have heard from the module convener that they have changed the module radically. It now includes topics that any undergraduate degree in economics would cover, namely consumer theory. This module tackles issues on both micro and macroeconomics.
Every week you are given a reading list for each module which includes chapters you required to read before the lecture, I would highly recommend reading further than the ‘compulsory reading’ and looking at the ‘further reading’ sections if you are interested in a particular issue – it can be fascinating!