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BA in International Politics / Spanish (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , International Politics

Course Description

In choosing to study for a degree in International Politics and Spanish at Aberystwyth University you will be a part of an energetic and lively community in one of the best departments of its kind in the UK, graded ‘’excellent’’ for its quality of teaching. Simply put, the degree in International Politics and Spanish (LRF4) explores who gets what on a global scale, how they get it, and why. You will discuss power and justice as well as conflict and co-operation. International Politics is fundamentally an interdisciplinary subject that draws on several subjects, including European Languages, Spanish, Politics, History, Philosophy, Law, Geography, and Sociology making our graduates highly employable.

  • 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); European Culture, Film and Literature; European Linguistics; Language of Business and Current Affairs. 
  • All students on this course will spend their third year living independently in a Spanish 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). 

In choosing to study for a degree in International Politics and Spanish at Aberystwyth University you will be a part of an energetic and lively community in one of the best departments of its kind in the UK, graded ‘’excellent’’ for its quality of teaching. Simply put, the degree in International Politics and Spanish (LRF4) explores who gets what on a global scale, how...

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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 Spanish studies, and present at first independent research.
  • Hispanic Civilization; 
  • 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 Spain;
  • Choose from a range of modules ranging from Literature, Film, Culture, Business;
  • Romance Linguistics; 
  • Spanish American Cinema; 
  • Spanish Cinema ii: New Tendencies; 
  • A variety of regional and national politics including Latin American, Russia, Europe and the EU, the BRICS, the Middle East, the UK;
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) 
  • 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 Spanish (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 Spanish (unless to be studied as a beginner)

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

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

UCAS Tariff 104 - 128 A Levels ABB-BCC to include B in Spanish (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 Spanish (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.