A government building

If you are studying politics and need to write assignments, essays, etc., then these pages can help!

The discipline of politics studies government from both theoretical and practical perspectives and is closely related to disciplines such as history, philosophy and economics. As government influences our lives from the local to the international level and has existed for millennia, the study of politics can be related to many aspects of human experience.

To write assignments about politics, the first thing you need to know is the vocabulary. We've analysed high-scoring student assignments to find the words that are used most often. For exercises about vocabulary related to politics go to this page:

Politics Vocabulary

Secondly, and most importantly, you will need to learn how to write certain types of assignments ('genres'). In politics, you will probably write: 

  • Critiques, where you evaluate something you've studied from the perspective of your discipline 
  • Essays, where you make a coherent argument and employ critical thinking skills. 

Each of these genres has an individual style you will need to learn. If you're short of time, you can go directly to the pages about these genres, but we recommend you start at the beginning of 'Writing for a Purpose' and work through all of it. 

If you read all the materials, you'll be better able to identify what sort of assignment you have to write – your tutor usually won't tell you. Also, not all politics courses are the same and they might include assignments in different genres from the two typical ones above.