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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study


Summer Reading 2017

Below is a list of books which you might want to have a look at before you arrive. We've arranged them by subject - but feel free to read whatever interests you! These are not compulsory in any way, the aim is to give you a sense of themes/topics you will be exploring during your studies.

Politics and International Relations

If you’re looking for late summer reading I’ve asked my Politics and International Relations (PIR) teaching colleagues for recommendations of fiction or non-fiction titles to get students thinking about themes in PIR.   Note these are not textbooks but rather works that touch on some issues and debates you will encounter and explore in your time here.

To find out more about the people making the recommendations, take a look at the list of PIR Teaching Staff.

Happy Reading and we look forward to seeing you in September!
Professor  Elizabeth Bomberg, Head of Politics and International Relations

girl reading
PIR Summer Reading 2017


Summer will soon be over and university life will begin. If you are looking for some reading to get yourself in a sociological frame of mind, we've out together some suggestions from our Sociology Staff which range from accessible introductions to the field,  to fiction with sociological insights.

And if you don’t feel you have time for more reading, don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of sociology waiting for you when you get here!

Enjoy the rest of your summer!
Professor Jonathan Hearn, Head of Sociology

Female perched on pile of books reading
Sociology Summer Reading 2017

Sustainable Development

For both students on our MA (Hons) Sustainable Development, as well as those interested in taking courses in this area, our academic staff who teach on our Sustainable Development programme have recommended a few titles to get you thinking!

Professor Jonathan Hearn, Head of Sociology

Open book of girl on mountain reading
Sustainable Development Summer Reading 2017