Programme Specification for the BSc in International Politics Main Points
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Admission is through the UCAS system and students are normally required to have 280 tariff points, with at least 100 points in Sociology, Politics, History or some other social science subject. Mature students will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they have relevant professional experience. Those for whom English is not their first language should have a TOEFL score of 260 or above, or an IELTS of 6.5 or above, in each component of the test.
The BSc in International Politics has the following aims
- To provide students with a high quality, challenging education in International Politics, focusing on the extent to which there are global political systems, engaged in policy-making on contemporary issues and related to politics at the country level.
- To provide students with understanding of political globalisation through the development of transnational and transgovernmental relations and on the way these relations are structured through international organisations.
- To introduce students to important theoretical debates, in the study of International Politics.
- To provide students with an up-to-date curriculum reflecting rapid political change in the contemporary world.
- To enable students to develop their analytical capacities and the ability to examine and critically assess complex issues and debates.
- To enable students to develop a capacity and an enthusiasm for learning, in order to prepare them for a diverse range of careers, as well as for further study and life-long learning in a rapidly changing political and social world.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategies
The educational aims are achieved through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. Lectures are used to provide commentary on and explanation of key content areas. Small group classes are used to develop understanding by inviting students to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study.
Students are required to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen their knowledge.
For the third year project, students will receive supervision and the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.
Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and the final year project.
On successful completion of this programme, a student will be expected to be able to
- Apply key concepts and theoretical approaches within International Politics and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches in a wide range of different contexts;
- Analyse how political actors mobilise support for their positions on global issues;
- Understand the role of governments, transnational actors, intergovernmental organisations and international non-governmental organisations in global politics;
- Analyse the different ways in which global social and political relationships affect, and are affected by, local and global, economic, cultural, religious and political differences;
- Understand how different theoretical positions in International Politics tend to be associated with different substantive concepts, methodological positions, research strategies and research methods;
- Evaluate the relation between evidence and theory in a wide range of different contexts;
- Understand, respect and engage with those who do not share their own political values;
- Produce written materials that indicate in a precise and honest manner what is the authors own work and what is attributable to others;
- Understand current political issues and assess different approaches to them;
- Analyse and interpret critically different kinds of research evidence;
- Gather, retrieve and synthesise information from a number of different sources in order to understand the complexities of issues in social and political life;
- Distinguish empirical, normative and explanatory statements from each other, in writing on and discussion of international politics;
- Define abstract concepts, used in the analysis of international politics, and utilise them with rigour and consistency;
- Read political documents and use other sources of information, to interpret the intentions of political actors, the targets of their actions and the possible responses they will receive;
- Place individual political events in the wider context of processes of political change;
- Use the Internet to obtain information.
In each year, students must gain 120 credits to pass the year.
The First Year introduces the key topics for the degree, with core modules, totalling 90 credits, on theory, on global issues of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and on international organisations. For the remaining 30 credits, a choice is made from a wide selection of Electives from other departments, in order to encourage the awareness of the value of perspectives from disciplines other than Political Science.
The Second Year continues, with core modules on issue theory and on international organisations, totalling 60 credits. The remaining 60 credits are chosen from a list of International Politics Electives, but students may, if they wish, choose 30 credits from a list of modules offered by other departments.
The Third Year has a core theory module on the nature of the global political system and all students must produce an independent Project. The remaining 60 credits are chosen from a variety of elective modules in International Politics or Sociology or from the Centre for Language Studies. The modules offered from Sociology are solely those that focus on aspects of globalisation.
Students are required to take the following core modules, totalling 90 credits.
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible IP1001 Theories of Global Politics (1) - Term 1 15 Not permitted IP1002 Theories of Global Politics (2) - Term 2 15 Not permitted IP1003 Global Political Issues in the Late Twentieth Century - Term 1 15 Not permitted IP1004 Global Political Issues in the Twenty-First Century - Term 2 15 Not permitted IP1005 International Organisations in Global Politics (1) - Term 1 15 Not permitted IP1006 International Organisations in Global Politics (2) - Term 2 15 Not permitted
Students may select Elective modules from the following list, totalling 30 credits:
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible SG1001 Introduction to Sociology 30 Permitted SG1002 Sociology Workshop 30 Permitted SG1003 Introduction to Media Studies 30 Permitted SG1005 Media, History and Politics 15 Permitted SG1006 Contemporary Issues in Media Studies 15 Permitted SG1200 Introduction to Criminology 30 Permitted EC1001 Introduction to Economics 30 Permitted EC1005 European Business 15 Permitted PS1004 History and Theory of Psychology 15 Permitted SG1008 Study Skills 15 Permitted Language for General Purposes
French/German/Spanish at an appropriate level
Students are required to take the following core modules, totalling 60 credits:
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible IP2001 Analysis of Issues in Global Politics (1) - Term 1 15 Not permitted IP2002 Analysis of Issues in Global Politics (2) - Term 2 15 Not permitted IP2003 International Organisations in Global Politics (3) - Term 1 15 Not permitted IP2004 International Organisations in Global Politics (4) - Term 2 15 Not permitted
Students may select Elective modules from the following lists, totalling 60 credits.
At least 30 credits must be from the list of International Politics Electives.
International Politics Electives
Students should note that this list represents our current plans. The International Politics options actually available will depend upon the two new staff appointed in 2005-2006.
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible IP2005 Religions in Global Politics 30 Not permitted IP2006 The Middle East in Global Politics 30 Not permitted IP2007 Foreign Policy Analysis 30 Not permitted SG2008 Sociology of Europe 30 Not permitted IP2009 Exceptionalism and the USA 30 Not permitted
Electives from Other Departments
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible SG2001 Theories and Research Strategies in Contemporary Sociology 30 Permitted SG2002 Understanding Social Change 30 Permitted SG2003 Media, Culture and Society 30 Permitted SG2004 New Media Challenges 30 Permitted SG2006 News and Society 30 Permitted SG2007 Globalisation and the City 30 Permitted SG2010 Media, Crime and Criminal Justice 30 Permitted EC2003* Economics of Public Policy 30 Permitted EC2004* International Economics 30 Permitted EC2007* The Economics and Politics of the European Union 30 Permitted
*NB EC1001 is a pre-requisite for EC2003, EC2004 or EC2007
Students are required to take the following two core module, totalling 60 credits:
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible IP3001 International Politics Project Workshop 30 Not permitted IP3002 Global Political Systems 30 Not permitted
Students may select Elective modules from the following lists, totalling 60 credits.
Students should note that this list represents our current plans. The International Politics options, with an IP code, actually available will depend upon the two new staff appointed in 2005-2006 and two further new staff in 2006-2007. Options with an SG code or an LA code are currently available.
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible IP3003 Global Environmental Politics 30 Not permitted IP3004 The Global Politics of Development 30 Not permitted IP3005 International Trade and International Finance 30 Not permitted IP3006 Human Rights in Global Politics 30 Not permitted IP3007 The Transnational Women's Movement 30 Not permitted IP3008 The Global Politics of Population Change 30 Not permitted SG3001 Globalisation, Social Difference and Human Rights 30 Not permitted SG3002 Culture, Community and Identity 30 Not permitted SG3003 World Media Industry 30 Not permitted SG3008 Migration, Refugees and Globalisation 30 Not permitted SG3011 Crime, Policing and the Cosmopolitan City 30 Not permitted SG3012 Crime in a Global Perspective 30 Not permitted LA3105
European Business Culture - France or
European Business Culture - Germany or
European Business Culture - Spain
30 Not permitted
Programme Assessment Regulations
Award of a BSc Degree in International Politics
The Overall Aggregate Mark for the Honours Degree shall be calculated using the overall percentage marks achieved at the end of Parts I, II and III, in the ratio 10:30:60 respectively.
The minimum percentage in the Overall Aggregate Mark for recommendation for the award of Honours Classification shall normally be
Class I Minimum 70% Class II Upper Division Minimum 60% Class II Lower Division Minimum 50% Class III Minimum 40%
There is a full programme of induction activities in the first week of the first term offered by the University, including familiarisation tours and meetings with different support areas. The School offers an induction day with talks from the School and Departments. All relevant information is contained in the Programme Handbook which students receive on induction.
Personal Tutor Arrangements
Each student is allocated a member of staff as a Personal Tutor. In principle, this will be somebody who teaches one of their modules. Students may express a preference for somebody else and this will be respected, where there appears to be good reason. The role of the Personal Tutor is to assist with personal and academic problems, monitor progress, help develop learning skills and point students in the direction of more specialised services within the University.
Programme Management Structure
On a day-to-day basis, all liaison on matters of academic policy is through the Programme Director. Submission and return of coursework, registration of module choices and all other routine questions are handled by the Undergraduate Programme Administrator. Once a term there is a formal meeting of a Staff-Student Liaison Committee, with representatives from the programme.
- Programme Director for 2005-2006, Professor Peter Willetts
- Undergraduate Programme Administrator for 2005-2006, Nerida Booth
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