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BA in French / International Politics (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , International Politics

Course Description

International politics today is about understanding and tackling global challenges. As a student on this degree scheme at Aberystwyth University, you will be perfectly placed to gain a deeper understanding of what those challenges are and what opportunities and obstacles shape how we manage them. The French component of this course will enable you to discover language, culture, literature and art whilst at the same time developing your linguistic competencies in the French language. This degree scheme provides an ideal combination of intensive language training whilst at the same time exploring the big questions and concepts of our time- such as power, conflict, security democracy, inequality, ethics, rights, justice, gender, development and political participation.

  • There is a wide range of expertise available within the Department of Modern Languages and this is reflected in the module choices we offer. Students could choose modules on linguistics (both modern and historical); dialectical (the study of different forms of French, past and present); literature; the history of ideas and artistic movements; literary representations of Paris, travel literature and current affairs. 
  • All students on this course will spend their third year living independently in a French-speaking country. You could choose to study at University, work as a language assistant or other forms of work placements. 
  • The Department of International Politics offers you the opportunity to explore modules which include Global challenges, Politics in the 21st Century, War, Strategy and Intelligence, Capitalism, Intelligence and International Security to name a few. 
  • As a student in the Department of International Politics, you will study in the world's first department of international politics that was founded after the First World War to help the world understand the world. 
  • During the first year, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to French studies and related research skills, in tutorial form. 
  • You will become a student in a department that scored 93% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS 2017), demonstrating our commitment to provide you with an experience that is memorable and cherished. The Department of International Politics have also scored 95% overall satisfaction for the department (NSS 2018) and ranked a top 10 department in the UK for teaching quality and student experience in the subject area of politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). 

International politics today is about understanding and tackling global challenges. As a student on this degree scheme at Aberystwyth University, you will be perfectly placed to gain a deeper understanding of what those challenges are and what opportunities and obstacles shape how we manage them. The French component of this course will enable you to discover language, culture, literature and...

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Course Content

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:

Oral

Written

Aural

Translation

In your first year you will have the opportunity to explore:  

  • A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics;
  • The development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century;
  • The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics;
  • Political theory & key political issues;
  • Explore the range of skills required for French studies, and present at first independent research.
  • Learn about the founding moments of French culture;
  • Discover the language through film, language and identity.
  • Contemporary political problems and how they are portrayed;
  • Key issues in the fields of War, Strategy and Intelligence.

In your third year you will: 

  • Embark on your Year Abroad of studying or work placements through the Erasmus + Programme.

In your second and fourth years you will have the opportunity to study issues such as:

  • Theories, approaches and perspectives in international relations;
  • A range of challenges facing the international system, such as globalisation, international security, the environment, inequality, global health, conflict and post conflict environments;
  • Develop your language competencies further after your year spent in France;
  • Choose from a range of modules ranging from Literature, Film, Culture, Business;
  • Create the crown jewel of your undergraduate years, your Dissertation, based on extensive original research, written in French;
  • A variety of regional and national politics including Latin American, Russia, Europe and the EU, the BRICS, the Middle East, the UK;
  • Be able to choose from content modules on French literature, language, history of art, or cultures of contemporary France.
  • Conduct your independent research, with tutorial supervision;
  • International twentieth century history and Cold War;
  • A compulsory dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes: Oral Written Aural Translation In your first year you will have the opportunity to explore:   A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics; The development...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128

A Levels ABB-BCC to include B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM to include B in A level French (unless to be studied as a beginner)

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in French at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75% - 65% overall with 7 in French

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128 A Levels ABB-BCC to include B in French (unless to be studied as a beginner) GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM to include B in A level French (unless to be studied as a...

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Assessment Methods

We assess our students through essays, reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations.

We assess our students through essays, reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations.