London South Bank University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Examine key political issues relevant to the global community today as you develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of society. It’s a course combining political theory, political science, political economy, area studies and international relations to provide an in-depth study of contemporary politics, along with its key dynamics and structures. You’ll build and sharpen key skills in analysis, communication and interpretation.

Course details


Modules are subject to change Year 1 Semester 1 International Society: conflict, revolution and empire (core) Political Ideas in Practice (core) Social Science in the Contemporary World: themes, concepts and higher education skills (core) Semester 2 International Relations in Theory and Practice (core) State, Society and Institutions (core) Social Justice in Action (core) Year 2 Semester 1 Decolonisation and Legacies of Empire (core) Social Research Methods (core) Contemporary Policy Making (optional) Foreign Policy Analysis (optional) Gender, Sexualities and Society (optional) Semester 2 Political Ideologies (core) Working in the Social Sciences (core) Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Climate Crisis (optional) Contemporary Issues in International Development (optional) Policing and Safety (optional) Year 3 Research Project (core) 40 Semester 1 Politics of the Middle East (core) International Security (optional) Black Political Thought and Activism (optional) Visualising the World: images, technology and social change (optional) Semester 2 Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (core) Politics and Protest (optional) Crimes of the Powerful (optional) Sustainability: reimagining a future for everyone (optional)

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants: IELTS 6.0 (the minimum score required in each skill area is 5.5) or TOEFL IBT 80 ( the minimum score required in each skills areas are: Reading 18, Listening 17, Writing 17, Speaking 20) or Pearson Test of English Academic 52 (the minimum score required in each skill area is 51)

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

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