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BA in International Politics (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , International Politics

Course Description

International Politics is about how we tackle global challenges. World politics stands at a fascinating but difficult historical juncture, one that as political beings, we all need to understand, explain and, in part shape. With the relative decline of the ‘West’, the emergence of new powers and actors, and the increasingly complex and intertwined nature of local, national, regional, international and global problems, ‘international politics’ is entering a new era. The degree in International Politics offers students the opportunity to study the concepts, practices, policies, histories and regions that make up international politics as a discipline and to explore the ways in which, all these factors are undergoing radical transformation in the twenty-first century. 

  • Our department is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS, 2017).
  • You will be taught in the world’s first department of international politics, founded in 1919 after the end of World War I to help the world understand the world.
  • You will be guided and mentored by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment.
  • During the duration of your course, will have the opportunity to participate in our renowned ‘Crisis Games’; a three day role playing exercise in political, economic and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking, team work, and problem-solving skills.  
  • The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
  • The Department also has an International Student Exchange Programme based on close links with carefully selected universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, offering you an excellent opportunity to expand your academic and social horizons by spending a part of your university experience abroad.
  • The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team.Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.
  • Last, but not least, the Department also offers a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Check out the module tab for further information. 

International Politics is about how we tackle global challenges. World politics stands at a fascinating but difficult historical juncture, one that as political beings, we all need to understand, explain and, in part shape. With the relative decline of the ‘West’, the emergence of new powers and actors, and the increasingly complex and intertwined nature of local, national,...

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Course Content

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;
  • Contemporary political problems and how they are portrayed;
  • Key issues in the fields of War, Strategy and Intelligence.

In your second and third 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;
  • A variety of regional and national politics including Latin American, Russia, Europe and the EU, the BRICS, the Middle East, the UK;
  • International twentieth century history and Cold War;
  • A compulsory dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area.

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...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128

A Levels ABB-BCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-28

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128 A Levels ABB-BCC GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-MMM International Baccalaureate: 30-28 European Baccalaureate: 75%-65%...

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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.