Aston University, Birmingham has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
Politics and International Relations – two closely related disciplines – are combined in this popular, single honours political science degree. The programme explores politics and international relations in British, European and global settings and examines theories about the nature of politics and international relations from the ancient to the modern world. You will explore the complex relationship between ethics and international action via co-operation or conflict. The history and present day functionality of the European Union and policy-making at international, national and regional levels is also explored. To prepare our graduates for careers in a global environment, there is a practical element of language learning via a module in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, Japanese or Portuguese. The placement year is an optional feature of the programme and is designed to give you real life experience and to act as a springboard to your future career.
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. Year 1 Core Introduction to Studying and Researching Politics Introduction to the Concepts and Methods of International Relations British Politics since 1990 Introduction to the European Union Options The Making of the Modern World What’s Trending (Current Affairs in Politics and International Relations) Languages for All Year 2 Core Political Theories and Ideologies Comparative Government and Politics International Relations: Theories Critical Approaches to Security Studies Options 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 Introduction to Political Economy: Institutions and Rational Choice International Political Economy Languages for All Year 3 Integrated placement year Final Year Core Dissertation Options 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 International Institutions Nationalism and Political Power Political Communication 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 Political Parties Languages for All Please visit our website for module information: https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/courses/politics-and-international-relations-bsc
You will be involved in lectures and seminars, small group work projects and independent study. Many of your modules will be in workshop format, alternating theoretical input with practical analysis, and allowing you to test out your understanding in discussion with other students and your tutor. There are also opportunities for group and collaborative work. Students undertake a major piece of independent research in Final Year. You will be allocated an academic supervisor for this work and a Personal Tutor who can provide you with help and advice throughout your studies. Assessment is through a combination of exams, project-based course work, essays, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||BBC - CCC||BBC: Standard offer BCC: If student is also presenting either Core Maths or Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) grade B CCC: Contextual offer (more details https://www2.aston.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/contextual-offer)|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DDM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities, Social Sciences or Business Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.|
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4 is required. We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications. The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|