The Department of European & International Studies offers the following undergraduate programmes:
The BA European Politics programme is a three year degree which furnishes students with the skills needed to analyse and understand politics and the state at both the national and international level. The programme is designed to develop students’ knowledge and analytical skills with a clear and coherent structure. Compulsory modules in the first year of the degree provide students with a sound basis of theoretical, institutional, behavioural, and historical knowledge. These modules are built upon in year two as students develop their capacity to evaluate the merits of how research was conducted and learn how to design their own research. In year two, students have the possibility to spend a semester abroad in one of our partner institutions. In the final year there are no compulsory modules as students are given greater freedom to take control of their learning and pursue their own interests. At the core of the degree is our belief that both history and knowledge of specific countries, and a clear awareness of the methods and instruments of empirical political research, are essential to understanding politics. For that reason, the first year of the programme places an emphasis on understanding the history of political developments in Europe, while the second year offers compulsory modules on research methods and political analysis. The degree also offers students a range of country-specific optional modules which give them the knowledge that is required in order to confidently examine political developments. Taken together, the structure of the programme offers students the opportunity to explore European politics in a structured and analytical manner while developing a range of transferable skills such as research design and evaluation. Student’s progress is monitored in a variety of ways including written essays, oral presentation, and written exams.
BA European Studies has a tightly structured programme whose components hold together coherently in a year-by-year progression. In each year, half the modules are concerned with the study of Europe (politics, history, economics, geography, EU institutions); a quarter with the politics and society of an individual country (either France, Spain or Germany depending on your chosen pathway); and a quarter with the language and contemporary culture of the same country. On the country of your choice, you typically take a history, culture or politics module along with the compulsory language element and a module in critical theory or literature and politics. These modules will help you explore the different ways in which political, cultural and economic development in Europe are linked with one another. Students’ progress is assessed through a number of means, including essays, written exams and, occasionally, also oral exams and presentations.
BA European Studies students spend the third year of their degree taking part in an Erasmus exchange with one of our partner institutions abroad. French pathway students currently study at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Spanish pathway students attend the Complutense University in Madrid, and German pathway students are enrolled at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. We have built up close relations with these institutions to ensure that the classes our students complete while abroad are academically appropriate for their programme. The year abroad offers our students an unrivalled chance to immerse themselves in the culture and society of their host country. It is also an opportunity to achieve language fluency and to meet people who may prove to be valuable contacts in the future. The year abroad is organised and monitored by the Study Abroad Office with additional support from the academic tutors on the three pathways.