The International Relations BA (Hons) programme comprises 360 credits in total and is studied over three years. You will learn to think critically and independently about the subjects you encounter in your studies, and develop a range of skills that will support your intellectual, vocational and personal development. The course is structured around four pillars of study: International History, International Theory, International Political Economy, and International practice (including diplomacy, foreign policy and strategy).
In the first year, you will study modules including International Relations Theory, History of the International System and Contemporary Security Issues, providing you with the foundations for the further study of International Relations.
In your second year, you will study Global Politics, and also a variety of additional subjects from within the War Studies Department and European & International Studies areas of the course. You will design your own curriculum to develop knowledge of the areas of study that appeal most to you.
The final year consists of three optional modules drawn from a wide range of specialist topics, including one regional specialism, and a connected research dissertation on a subject of your choice.
The optional modules provide you with opportunities to study in-depth on a range of specialist subjects that are designed to take advantage of current research expertise in the Departments of War Studies, European & International Studies, The Dickson Poon School of Law and the School of Global Affairs.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. You will be assigned a personal tutor who will provide pastoral support during your studies. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
Assessment methods will depend on the modules you have selected to study. The primary methods of assessment for this course are coursework, assessed essays, written examinations and individual and group presentations. Informal assessments also form part of the course structure, and while not for credit, this type of evaluation is an essential component of the overall learning process that allows you to develop or discard ideas and arguments.
This course is mainly taught on the Strand and Waterloo Campuses. The prime, central position beside the River Thames brings outstanding advantages, and as a student you will enjoy the excellent social and cultural opportunities of the capital. The department is close to the seat of government, the City, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Inns of Court, the Imperial War Museum and the National Maritime Museum. This generates interaction between the study and practice of security and foreign policy.
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