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Course summary

In an age of globalisation, our daily lives are affected by what happens across the world. From the financial crisis to war and conflict, international relations matters. It shapes government policy, affects our job prospects and impacts the lives of people from all parts of the world. If you want to explore the role of state and organisation in an increasingly interconnected world, this international relations and politics degree is the right choice for you. In many cases, global politics and the decisions made by those in power can have significant consequences for populations and how they live. As part of this politics and international relations course, you’ll debate different ideologies and policies in global politics, developing your understanding of why wars occur, why states cooperate (or don’t cooperate) with each other, and how these ideas affect lives. Designed with a strong international focus, you’ll also have the opportunity to spend your second year studying abroad, immersing yourself in a different culture and experiencing new ways of life. These experiences will provide you with the real-world experience needed to stand out in a competitive employment industry. In the most recent National Student Survey, this international relations and politics degree received 100% overall student satisfaction (University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data). You will

  • Develop a thorough understanding of different ideologies and policies in global politics
  • Acquire a range of transferable skills needed to launch your professional career
  • Understand how lives are affected by both politics and the relations between relations
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Year one

  • Introduction to Security, Intelligence and Terrorism Studies
  • International History (2) 1945-Present
  • Britain and the World
  • International Politics I
  • International Politics II
  • Introduction to Contemporary Politics
Year two
  • Theories of Power and Domination
  • Contemporary International Relations
Optional modules may include:
  • Political Communication: Media and Democracy
  • Civil War and Development
  • Regimes and Dictatorships from 1918
  • Reporting Government
  • US Foreign Policy Since 1945
  • The Politics of European Union Enlargement
  • Terrorism and Irregular Warfare
  • Work Project
  • Chinese Foreign Policy Since 1949
  • University Wide Language Programme
Year three
  • Dissertation
Optional modules may include:
  • Britain and the Cold War
  • The History and Politics of Socialism
  • International Political Economy
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • Populism in Politics
  • Corruption in Contemporary Politics
  • British Counter-Insurgency Since 1945
  • Politics and the Internet
  • Politics Placement
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • University Wide Language Programme
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  • Year 1

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Wednesday 5 July and Thursday 6 July 9am to 5pm, Friday 7 July until Wednesday 16 August 10am to 4pm, Thursday 17 August 7.30am to 7pm, Friday 18 August 8am to 6pm, Saturday 19 August 10am to 12 noon. Also Clearing Visit Day, Sunday 20 August Closed, Monday 21 August 9am to 5pm (and from this date on).

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