Modules in the first year
In the first year of your degree you receive a thorough grounding in the study of international relations, with particular emphasis on the major approaches to the discipline and key ideas such as conflict, war, peace, security, international and regional organisations, and international law. Each of the modules you take in the first year is designed to introduce you to the theory and practice of international relations and to provide you with a foundation for more advanced, specialised study in the second and third years of your degree.
Compulsory modules in the first year
- Global History
- Understanding International Relations
- Debates in World Politics
- Pathways to International Relations Research I
- Pathways to International Relations Research II
- Politics as a Vocation I and II
In addition to these modules you will also have the opportunity to take an optional module from within POLSIS.
Modules in the second year
The second-year of your degree course further develops your understanding of the discipline and introduces new perspectives on international relations. It is designed to develop your knowledge and theoretical understanding of this dynamic and changing field. You will take two compulsory modules and four optional modules. The first compulsory module is International Relations Theory which introduces you to advanced theories of international relations and applies these to key issues in international politics. You will also choose to take either:
- Global Governance
- International Security
Optional modules in the second year
Your second year of study will also provide you with the opportunity to undertake more specialised study in areas of the subject that interest you. You will be able to choose four second year optional modules which will build on the knowledge and skills you have acquired and allow you to tailor your studies in a way that best fits with your interests and future plans.
In your third year you will register for the equivalent of 120 credits at the host institution. You will have to undertake and pass the assessment for 60 credits of the modules for which you are registered at the host institution. A Pass is required for progression to the 4th year of the programme. These credits will not contribute to the overall degree classification.
- 60 credits - POLSIS year abroad
- 60 credits - Year Abroad Assessment Module
Modules in the final year
Modules in the final year are advanced, research led modules taught by experts in the subject area.
You will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice. You will be guided and supported by a supervisor who is an expert in your area of interest. In addition to writing the dissertation you will be able to take four final year optional modules.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2021. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.