International Relations (W95) at Open University - UCAS

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Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: The Open University

International Relations (W95)

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Course summary

By exploring current questions and issues of global importance, you'll develop an in-depth understanding of the development of the international system and interactions between states and other actors. You'll discover the sources of order and disorder within the international system and learn about the key issues in international relations, such as security, justice, conflict and co-operation. You'll also add to your knowledge of international relations by specialising in either global development, the environment, history or politics. This qualification will extend and deepen your ability to demonstrate critical thinking and evaluative skills, as well as transferable skills and attributes that are crucial to enhancing your career development, including time management, collaboration and independent working. Key features of the course

  • Gain an understanding of contemporary global politics and international systems.
  • Examine order and disorder within the international system.
  • Study security, justice, conflict and co-operation.
  • Specialise in Development, Environment, History or Politics.


This diploma has two stages, each comprising 120 credits. Stage 1 begins by choosing between an interdisciplinary study of key environmental issues and a core social science module covering geography, economics, sociology, psychology, politics and international studies. To complete the stage, you'll explore critical global challenges such as the climate crisis, legacies of colonialism and enslavement, and digital technology. Next, in Stage 2, you'll develop a core grounding in international relations with a historical and contemporary knowledge of the key issues and debates, as well as the core and critical theoretical approaches to international relations. You'll complete this stage by choosing a module that's relevant to global development, the environment, history or politics.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Student Outcomes

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International Relations (W95) at Open University - UCAS