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!
A little bit about my course: though the course and department are very niche they offer an array of modules to study, that means every student’s experience differs. Whether you would like to focus more on International Political Economy, or whether your interest is in Economic Policy Making, you will be able to pursue the area of your interest. The teaching and seminars are excellent but beyond easy; you must work hard as the department expects academic rigour – yet the nature of the course allows you to work with others and make the whole experience of learning even greater.
So it has been a year and a half since I started my studies at King’s and honestly I do not know where the time has gone. Personally there has not been one day where I’ve thought, “I’m bored today, and I’ve got nothing to do!” – studying in the middle of London is a whole other adventure. If there is one thing I can promise you, that is the fact that you will always be doing something – whether that is studying a world class degree or getting involved with the plethora of societies and clubs that King’s boasts. I myself got involved with a number of projects in my first year which have I believe have improved my core skills, for example in October of last year I took part in a nationwide charity competition where we were tasked to raise as much money in a week. King’s managed to raise over £70,000!
Aside from this is, I’d like to mention the amount of support and facilities King’s offers its students. ‘The Compass’ is a one-stop student centre for support and guidance on practically any issue, if they can’t help you there and then, they will guide you in the right direction. Other facilities include the numerous computer rooms, cafés and restaurants that King’s has and with 3 Pret a Manger’s and two Tesco’s within a 5 minute walk from our campus, you will never go hungry!
Oh and we have a chapel on the second floor too!