You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the nature of relations between states and also of the roles played by international institutions, other intergovernmental organisations, multinational corporations and NGOs.
Year one introduces you to key modules focusing on the international state system and to the structure and purpose of international organisations; you also learn about ethics and international politics.
Your second year covers theories and contemporary issues in international relations, security studies and the globalisation of the international political economy.
During the final year you will explore more specialised topics through the completion of an individual research dissertation and a range of modules covering topics such as the international relations of East Asia, US foreign policy, and the international relations between post Soviet Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
The Sociology strand of the course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of social processes, organisational dynamics and inter-group relationships.
They combine an introduction to specific skills such as research design and use of comparative method, with an emphasis on social change. Strengths of the programme include its focus on key contemporary social issues, social policy and decision making, and international comparisons of social structures and policies.
Your placement year will give you the opportunity to apply your key skills and competencies within a real work-based situation.
The course is strongly geared towards increasing your employability since it is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required of professionals working in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.
Introduction to the Concepts and Methods of International Relations
Introduction to the European Union
Introduction to Social Theory
Becoming a Social Scientist
The Making of the Modern World
What’s Trending (Current Affairs in Politics and International Relations)
International Relations: Theories
Critical Approaches to Security Studies
Advanced Social Theory
West European Politics and Society
Russian and East European Politics and Society
North American Politics and Society
East Asian Politics and Society: China and Japan
South Asian Politics and Society
International Relations in Political Thought
Security Studies: Theories and Issues
The Politics and Policies of the European Union
International Political Economy
Advanced Research Methods
Embodiment and Feminist Theory
Media and Society
Kith and Kin
The Social Life of Stuff
Crime, Subversion and Injustice
Welfare States and Welfare Change
Organising for Social Justice
Integrated placement year
A Great Misunderstanding: Britain and the EU
African Politics: From the Colonial Period to the Present Day
America in the World
The American Presidency
BRICS and Emerging Power Shifts in World Politics
Chinese Politics and Society
Conflict and Intervention
Democracy, Authoritarianism and Regime Change
Diplomacy and Soft Power
Ethics and International Relations
EuroSim: Learning Negotiation through Simulation Games
Gender and Politics
Interest Groups and Lobbying
Nationalism and Political Power
Leaders and Leadership: Case Studies and Comparative Perspectives
Politics and Islam: Past and Present
Politics and Protest in a Globalised World
Politics of Development
Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe
Sport and Politics
The International Relations of East Asia
The Populist Radical Right in Europe
Understanding Foreign Policy
Debates in Contemporary British Politics
Changing Patterns of Warfare
Intelligence Agencies and the Modern World – MI6, CIA & ISI
Work, Organisations and Society
Bodies, Power and Resistance
Contemporary Social Movements
Pregnancy and Politics
Work, Organisations and Society
Education and Digital Society
Religion and Society
Corporate Power in a Globalised World
Migration, Borders and Belonging
The Challenges of Climate Change