City, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

International Politics

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International Politics BSc (Hons) at City enables you to understand global issues and actors in a time of fast-moving political and social change, preparing you for a diverse range of postgraduate study options and career possibilities. The International Politics BSc (Hons) degree is for students who want to explore contemporary global issues and deepen their understanding of the rapid social and political changes affecting the world. This up-to-date, thought-provoking curriculum, will enable you to learn how governments, intergovernmental organisations, transnational movements, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and multinationals influence global politics. You will also study international organisations as policy-making structures and will examine what kind of ideas, ethical concerns, and regional considerations shape global governance and key decisions around, for instance, conflict, peace, or economic gains. Crucially, you will develop your analytical skills to examine and critically assess complex issues, contested concepts, and debates. As a result, this degree will prepare you for a diverse range of postgraduate study options and career possibilities – from the Civil Service, NGOs, diplomacy, journalism and teaching, to international law and the private and corporate sector. What roles do governments, transnational actors, intergovernmental organisations, international NGOs and multinationals play in global politics? How do they complete for power and respond to emerging challenges affecting societies, nations and institutions around the world, from security, to migration, to social justice? How do they mobilise support for their positions on global issues? How do global, social and political relationships, as well as ideas, affect local, regional, economic, cultural, religious, historical and political differences and vice versa? The BSc (Hons) in International Politics enables you to obtain the skills and knowledge to answer the many questions about our fast-changing world, and will help you to: Understand the important theoretical debates in the study of international politics. Explore global political systems and how they are engaged in policy-making on contemporary issues and related to country-level politics. Understand the diplomatic relations between governments, as well as the economic, social and political relations between societies that are undertaken by companies and private groups. Recognise political globalisation through the development of transnational and transgovernmental relations and how these relations are structured through international organisations. As well as developing strong research skills, you will have the option to further your data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final two years of study. Plus, to prepare you for a wide range of future career and postgraduate study possibilities, you will benefit from our location at the heart of a vibrant cosmopolitan city and within a department with a strong international focus, enthusiastic approachable staff with close connections with practitioners in the policy world, and exciting opportunities for work placement and studying abroad. The logic connecting the three years of study is to lay the conceptual and historical foundations for the study of international politics in year one. Then, gradually, you will build up your specialist knowledge, in the following two years, by understanding how specific actors and institutions operate, how ideas shaping global politics emerge and are contested, and exploring the multifaceted political dynamics affecting specific issues and regions of the world.

Course details


First year: Core modules core (all modules are 15 credits each): - Myths and Mysteries in World Politics - International Relations Theories - Politics and Power in World History - Emerging Powers in a Changing World - Studying Politics - Introduction to Political and Economic Data Analysis Elective modules: - Introduction to Political Economy - The Making of the Modern World Economy - History and Theory of Psychology - Media History and Politics - Criminology - Criminal Justice - Exploring London - Researching Society: Qualitative Methods - Classical Social Theory - Language module - Politics of Britain - Introduction to Politics - Puzzles in Comparative Politics - Introduction to Political Theory - Principles of Economics 1: Markets and Prices - Principles of Economics 2: Countries & Systems - Contemporary Issues in Media and Communication - Sociology in Action Second year: Core modules (All modules are 15 credits each): - Advanced theories of global politics Core Electives (please choose 4): - Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches - Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues - Foreign Policy Analysis: Theory and Issues - Foreign Policy Analysis: Instruments and Practice - Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change - Transnational Social Movements Elective modules (choose 3): - Advanced Theories of Global Politics - Understanding Social Change - Contemporary Social Theory - Humanitarian Reporting - Comparative Political Economy - Sociology of Race and Racism - Fifty Shades of Red – Russia in the Twentieth Century - States and Markets in the Era of Globalization - Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics - Politics of the USA - Comparative Asian Politics - Analysing Political and Economic Data in the Real World - Advanced Principles of Economics: Financial Markets and Corporate Systems - Political Risk Analysis - Violent Politics: Riots, Civil wars & State repression - Political Psychology: Reason & Emotion in Politics - Theories of International Political Economy - Practical Politics - The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century - Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present - The Making of Modern Japan - Data Journalism - Language - Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches - Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues - Foreign Policy Analysis: Instruments and Practice - Foreign Policy Analysis: Theories and Issues - Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change - Transnational Social Movements Final year core module: International Politics Dissertation Project Elective modules – choose 75 credits (all modules are 15 credits each): - Advanced Topics in International Political Economy - Global Governance - International Politics of the Middle East - American Foreign Policy - The Global Political Economy of Development - Political Change in Europe - Governance of the Global Economy - Global Money and Finance - Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics - The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace - The Global Politics of Forced Migration - Technology, Money, Power - Political Economy of Global Inequality - Ethnicity and nationalism: Global comparisons - Geopolitical Macroeconomy - The Multinational Corporation: Governance, Politics and Ethics - Sexuality and Gender in World Politics - Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945 - Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History - Comparative Empires in the Modern Era - The Holocaust in History and Memory - Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music - Poverty: What Counts? - Reporting Business - International News - Languages.

Assessment method

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and your final year project. The balance of assessment by coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose.

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  • Year 1

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EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15300 Year 1

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International Politics at City, University of London - UCAS