BA International Relations Course Content
Year one introduces you to key concepts and debates within politics.
- Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introducation to Political Ideas is an introduction to political theory and an invitation for you to subject your own political views to critical examination, to work out what you think and why you think it.
- International Politics introduces you to the complex changes currently underway in the international system and their political implications across the globe. We discuss the main ideas, concepts and philosophies that inform the contemporary world order.
- Making of the Modern World examines the current divide between the global North and South, and considers the impact of colonialism, capitalist industrialisation and the slave trade upon the contemporary situation. You will analyse the history of resistance to colonial rule, the attraction of socialism to post-independent governments, and examine the legacies of colonial rule across the Americas, Africa and Asia.
- Comparative Politics involves the systematic study and comparison of political systems. In this module you will examine the political systems of 3 different nations from across the globe, focusing on their respective political histories, political economies, party systems, social movements and foreign policies.
- Studying and Researching in POLIS is a five credit, supernumeracy skills module.
You will also take one or two optional modules from the following:
- British Politics
- Global Development Challenges
We may also take the following optional module or choose an elective from outside the department.
- Contemporary Africas: History, Society and Culture
You may select one elective modules from inside or outside of the school to make up the balance.
In Year two, you have more flexibility in your study and can direct your degree towards the areas that interest you most.
Security Studies provides an introduction to the debates on security in international relations, examining the concept, role and making of security in the contemporary international system. It outlines the main theoretical approaches and conceptualizations used in security studies and analyses a selection of important challenges that have been framed as security threats.
Theories of International Relations offers students advanced training in International Relations Theory (IR) by critically analysing rival theories. As part of which, students will develop critical thinking through assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
You will then select two or three optional modules from:
- British Central Government
- Politics and Policy in the EU
- United States Politics and Foreign Policy
- Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia
- Politics of Contemporary China
- State and Politics in Africa
Plus you must then take one or two modules from:
- The Conservative Party from Churchill to Cameron
- Development and Social Change
- North-South Linkages
- Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century
- Justice, Community and Conflict
- Career Planning for POLIS Students
You may select one more elective module credits inside or outside the School.
The only compulsory module in Year three is your Dissertation. This is a piece of written work of 12,000 words, and can be researched on a topic of your own choice. It is designed to allow you to produce an extended piece of written work on a topic of special interest to you.
You will be required to take two - four modules from:
- British Foreign Policy
- Europe in the World
- Israel: Politics and Society
- The Responsibiltiy to Protect and to Prosecute
- Crisis Diplomacy: Coercion, Sanctions and the Use of Force in International Relations
- Dirty War: Insurgency, the State and Cities
- Terrorism and Security
You will be required to study up to 2 modules from:
- Elections and Voters
- British Political Parties
- Prime Ministers and British Politics
- The End of British Politics?
- Land, Fuel and Agriculture
- Gender and Violence
- Violence and Reconciliation in Africa
- Extreme Right Parties in Contemporary Europe
- Britain and the EU
- Europe in the World
- Politics of Islamism
- Exploring Political Theory
- Feminist Challenges to Political Theory
- Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture
You can then take an elective module (from outside of the department) to make up the balance.
UCAS code: L254
Number of places: 37
3 years full-time.
6 years part-time.
AAB at A level.
Full entry requirements
UK/EU student fees
£9,000 per year full-time.
International student fees
£12,900 per year full-time.
Full finance information
For more details about BA modules, please consult the module reading lists from the library.
Modules are subject to change and those listed are given as examples.