Hiya, I’m Evie and I’m a second year studying Politics at the University of York. There are so many reasons to be excited about your time at York, but I’m going to tell you a little bit more about all the department-related opportunities to look forward to!
York has an amazing range of modules to choose from. In first year, you York has an amazing range of modules to choose from. In the first year, you don’t choose your modules; instead you cover a wide range of core topics, from climate politics to social contract theory. In second and third year, you can select almost everything you study! My favourite course so far has been Politics of Gender, where we cover topics such as trans* theory and postcolonialism. You can tailor the course to suit your interests, whether that’s political theory and questions of rights and justice (like me!), or foreign policy and international security.
The University of York Student Union (YUSU) has so many societies, you’re certain to find something which interests you! York Politics Society (PolSoc) is one of the strongest department-related societies. They have fantastic socials, trips and speakers events, and it’s a great way to get to know other people on your course. My favourite PolSoc event so far was the US Midterm Elections night, where practically all my friends congregated in D-Bar for a night of pints and political debate!
I’ve found the Politics department at York to be incredibly friendly, and always willing to help you. Your module and seminar leaders are outstanding at providing feedback on assessments. Office hours provide the perfect opportunity to talk a bit more about something on your course which confuses you, or you’re interested in and just want to discuss. The administrative side is excellent if you want to change course or modules (my apologies to the department for switching three times!).
It’s a cliche, but the people you meet really do make your time at university. I’ve met some incredible people from so many places – I’m still friends with the people I met in my first ever seminar class at York! At university, everybody is super friendly and open to meeting new people. I’ve relished the chance to get to know people from all walks of life, and from all around the world.
You may have heard that University of York’s campus has both Europe’s largest plastic-bottomed lake and a copious amount of geese. But it’s also got much more! I love visiting all the different cafes and bars around campus. The new plant-based cafe Vedge is next on my list! I come from a big city, so I’m always in awe of how beautiful the outdoor spaces in and around campus are. My favourite spot is around the lake in Derwent College, which is perfect for picnics and BBQs in summer.
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