International Relations and Politics BA (Hons)

UCAS code L2L2 BA/IRP

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About this course 2018/19

Current, relevant and inspiring, this course offers you an exciting opportunity to study the political dimensions of life around the world, recognising the connections between people, locales, ideas and problems.

How do states interact with one another and what implications does this have for individuals?

Should we be concerned primarily with our own well-being or do we have duties and responsibilities beyond our own borders?

Does democracy still work for us or are there other ways of expressing our voice and finding solutions for shared problems?

At the heart of the course is the belief that individuals can make a difference and effect positive change in the world.

Taking an integrated approach to academic theory and applying it to real world problems, this course will provide you with the tools to make a difference in your personal and professional life.

A highly integrated and distinctive course which goes beyond traditional policy analysis to focus on global citizenship and agency.

98% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats, 2016)

Learn from the best

You will learn from enthusiastic and well-published teachers and researchers from across the UK and Europe. Our team is one of the most research-active groups in the Department of Social Sciences and Languages, publishing widely in well-known academic journals, responding to contemporary issues and developments, as well as engaging with wider political ideas that shape the way we think and act politically.

Our staff have extensive experience of working for governmental and non-governmental organisations in project and course evaluations, voluntary and community sector involvement, neighbourhood governance and local partnership working. They have conducted research for think tanks and academic institutions around the globe.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

This course is designed to promote research-rich learning and to be responsive to your needs. You will study core modules aimed at developing your understanding of theory and practice, enabling you to engage with contemporary debates.

You will learn how political research is carried out and explore different methodologies within the discipline, including collecting and analysing data. This base of research skills will provide the foundation blocks for your dissertation, as well as your future career. You will leave us, not only an incisive and critical thinker, but a critical citizen.

Learning Environment

In conjunction with traditional lectures and seminars, we use a range of technology -enhanced applications including Blackboard, TurnitinUK and electronic reading lists to support your learning. The course team have developed a blog to keep you up to speed with current and relevant debates in politics as well as bringing you the latest course news.

The teaching team are also keen to pioneer new approaches to engage you via smartphones and associated apps and via social media, with the aim to improve your learning experience. We will experiment with new ways of engaging you via tablets and other devices to enable individual and group interaction.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

This research-rich course has been designed so that you are at its centre. In the first year of study, you will learn core concepts and theories, study different political systems, investigate the nature and merit of democracy, the role of Britain in the modern world, and the question of why and how states go to war or choose to cooperate with one another. Your second year will build upon this base with themes such as governance (global and national), the further study of theories of international relations and the application of research methods, with greater emphasis on developing your competence in investigating and solving problems. Your third year is about the consolidation of these skills so that you are prepared for a life beyond university, as a global citizen as well as a graduate professional.

Our research activity has not only led to excellent results in the recent Research Excellence Framework, a national exercise to measure excellence in research, but also shapes the way we teach and how our students learn.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Many graduate jobs require you to gather, synthesise and represent complex ideas and relationships in writing, in oral presentations and increasingly also visually. Our teaching and learning activities will provide you with plenty of opportunity to give presentations and practise your ability to inform, ‘teach’ and indeed persuade your audience.

This course will foster your intellectual curiosity and help you to become a critical, independent thinker. You will be introduced to a range of learning activities that have employability and enterprise at the core. You will have the opportunity to do work experience and engage in extra-curricular activities such as debating or volunteering to further develop your skills and, more importantly, your interests.

This combination of knowledge and skills will provide you with an excellent foundation for your future career.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

This course aims to produce global citizens who are incisive and creative thinkers and not afraid to ask the big and often challenging questions. Our aim is to develop students who believe they can change society for the better.

Many of our graduates go on to work in politics, for example as analysts or advisers for MPs and political parties, for local government or the Civil Service. This degree prepares you well for a career in the legal profession and journalism, while the analytical and independent research skills you gain will also serve you well in management roles elsewhere, such as retail.

Graduates on related degrees have gone on to enjoy careers in Westminster and Brussels, in local government, in the charitable sector, in retail, banking and finance and in self-employment.

About this course 2019/20

Current, relevant and inspiring, this course offers you an exciting opportunity to study the political dimensions of life around the world, recognising the connections between people, locales, ideas and problems.

How do states interact with one another and what implications does this have for individuals?

Should we be concerned primarily with our own well-being or do we have duties and responsibilities beyond our own borders?

Does democracy still work for us or are there other ways of expressing our voice and finding solutions for shared problems?

At the heart of the course is the belief that individuals can make a difference and effect positive change in the world.

Taking an integrated approach to academic theory and applying it to real world problems, this course will provide you with the tools to make a difference in your personal and professional life.

A highly integrated and distinctive course which goes beyond traditional policy analysis to focus on global citizenship and agency.

98% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things (Unistats, 2016)

Learn from the best

You will learn from enthusiastic and well-published teachers and researchers from across the UK and Europe. Our team is one of the most research-active groups in the Department of Social Sciences and Languages, publishing widely in well-known academic journals, responding to contemporary issues and developments, as well as engaging with wider political ideas that shape the way we think and act politically.

Our staff have extensive experience of working for governmental and non-governmental organisations in project and course evaluations, voluntary and community sector involvement, neighbourhood governance and local partnership working. They have conducted research for think tanks and academic institutions around the globe.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

This course is designed to promote research-rich learning and to be responsive to your needs. You will study core modules aimed at developing your understanding of theory and practice, enabling you to engage with contemporary debates.

You will learn how political research is carried out and explore different methodologies within the discipline, including collecting and analysing data. This base of research skills will provide the foundation blocks for your dissertation, as well as your future career. You will leave us, not only an incisive and critical thinker, but a critical citizen.

Learning Environment

In conjunction with traditional lectures and seminars, we use a range of technology -enhanced applications including Blackboard, TurnitinUK and electronic reading lists to support your learning. The course team have developed a blog to keep you up to speed with current and relevant debates in politics as well as bringing you the latest course news.

The teaching team are also keen to pioneer new approaches to engage you via smartphones and associated apps and via social media, with the aim to improve your learning experience. We will experiment with new ways of engaging you via tablets and other devices to enable individual and group interaction.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

This research-rich course has been designed so that you are at its centre. In the first year of study, you will learn core concepts and theories, study different political systems, investigate the nature and merit of democracy, the role of Britain in the modern world, and the question of why and how states go to war or choose to cooperate with one another. Your second year will build upon this base with themes such as governance (global and national), the further study of theories of international relations and the application of research methods, with greater emphasis on developing your competence in investigating and solving problems. Your third year is about the consolidation of these skills so that you are prepared for a life beyond university, as a global citizen as well as a graduate professional.

Our research activity has not only led to excellent results in the recent Research Excellence Framework, a national exercise to measure excellence in research, but also shapes the way we teach and how our students learn.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

Many graduate jobs require you to gather, synthesise and represent complex ideas and relationships in writing, in oral presentations and increasingly also visually. Our teaching and learning activities will provide you with plenty of opportunity to give presentations and practise your ability to inform, ‘teach’ and indeed persuade your audience.

This course will foster your intellectual curiosity and help you to become a critical, independent thinker. You will be introduced to a range of learning activities that have employability and enterprise at the core. You will have the opportunity to do work experience and engage in extra-curricular activities such as debating or volunteering to further develop your skills and, more importantly, your interests.

This combination of knowledge and skills will provide you with an excellent foundation for your future career.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

This course aims to produce global citizens who are incisive and creative thinkers and not afraid to ask the big and often challenging questions. Our aim is to develop students who believe they can change society for the better.

Many of our graduates go on to work in politics, for example as analysts or advisers for MPs and political parties, for local government or the Civil Service. This degree prepares you well for a career in the legal profession and journalism, while the analytical and independent research skills you gain will also serve you well in management roles elsewhere, such as retail.

Graduates on related degrees have gone on to enjoy careers in Westminster and Brussels, in local government, in the charitable sector, in retail, banking and finance and in self-employment.

Course info

UCAS Code L2L2 BA/IRP

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

We continuously review and improve course content in consultation with our students and employers. To make sure we can inform you of any changes to your course register for updates on the course page.

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