The study of politics, and international relations at University goes far beyond elections and the activities of professional politicians. Practically every aspect of our lives, public, personal, and social, is saturated with politics. Therefore at University the study of politics will involve you looking at many many areas of social existence. The food you eat and the music you listen to can be seen as political. Are you a vegetarian? – That is a political stance. Do you try to buy Fair Trade coffee or chocolate? – That is a political act. Do you refuse to buy certain brands of cola or trainers? – Those are political protests. Many people seem to be put off politics as a University subject; perhaps because of the unfortunate public image of many politicians, or because of boring and argumentative media coverage of politics. Maybe you think elected politician are hypocrites.