Politics and International Relations looks at how countries are governed and decisions are made, what shapes foreign policies, and how national and international political events impact people locally.
- includes a range of modules on British, American, European, African and Middle Eastern politics
- provides you with a deeper understanding of the rationale and value of peaceful and cooperative relations between nations and people
- teaches you how the world is becoming increasingly more connected and how this impacts on governments and their agencies, multinational companies, international organizations, non-governmental organisations, and you.
Why you should study this course
- Academic staff who are actively engaged in high-quality research that informs their teaching and who are qualified lecturers with members of staff being fellows and senior fellows of AdvanceHE.
- Events and conferences featuring national and international politicians and dignitaries (subject to availability and additional costs).
- An exciting and modern course that examines the key political issues of the modern world.
- Multidisciplinary teaching with experts from national and international politics, history, global security and social theory.
- An intellectually challenging course that encourages you to sharpen your analytical skills and engage with issues of vital concern for today’s world.
- The opportunity to focus on speciﬁc themes such as North American, European, East Asian, and Middle Eastern politics, social movements or global security as you progress through your course.
- The opportunity to apply for an international experience with international staff, an international curriculum and the options of an overseas field trip, and / or study abroad or overseas placement (subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs).
- The opportunity to develop advanced professional skills such as the ability to think independently and creatively, to advance sophisticated arguments and to communicate ideas confidently as enquired by potential employers.
How you’ll learn
The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
- Politics: We study political institutions and behaviour post World War II, examining the theories associated with political systems and institutions that form the framework for political life. The major focus will be on the ways individuals and groups react to and behave within the political framework of the Nation State, including political participation, political communication and the expression of interests. We consider the foreign policy ‘problem’, assessing the ways in which national political systems experience and cope with challenges arising from their involvement in international affairs.
- International relations: You will have the opportunity to learn about and understand the world from perspectives and positions you may not agree with to raise your socio-political and cultural awareness, as well as your empathy for difference. We examine three major themes that underpin the development of international relations in the 21st century: globalisation, power and order.
Your course will be based on a series of lectures, with associated seminars, tutorials, workshops, online discussions, web-based activities and fieldtrip (subject to availability). In addition, your personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice. In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching.
On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:
- The origins and character of different political systems.
- The origins and character of the contemporary international system.
- The key issues, institutions and processes that determine domestic affairs and international relations.
- The methods and approaches employed in the study of politics and international relations.
On successful completion, you will be able to:
- Identify accurately the issue(s) which need researching and retrieve up-to-date disciplined based information using paper and electronic sources.
- Locate a range of information sources, to gather and marshal relevant evidence successfully.
- Review critically, synthesise and debate evidence collected by research.
- Construct fair, coherent and convincing arguments utilising the relevant key concepts and approaches in the disciplines of politics and international relations.
- Analyse problems, take decisions, be creative and show initiative.
- Work independently with increasing self-confidence and to reflect upon the process of learning.
- Work within a group, to negotiate, to learn from others and to lead an activity.
- Manage time effectively, to set objectives and to evaluate the performance of oneself and others.
- Develop and debate ideas and to sustain arguments effectively both orally and in written form.
International experience opportunities
This course has an inherently international perspective. If you want to further enhance your opportunity to gain an international experience, we will provide support for you to spend a year studying abroad or on placement and organise an annual overseas study trip (subject to additional costs, availability, application and meeting any applicable visa requirements). For example, previous students spent a week Brussels and The Hague to learn more about the European Union, NATO, and the International Court of Justice. Students also travelled to Sicily to examine how anti-mafia organisations have been working to combat organised crime.
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