International Relations BA

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International Relations BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time/Part Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      £ 9,250 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      £ 13,000

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Greenwich University’s BA in International Relations focuses on the world of politics. It prepares students for a wide range of roles within the public sector, government, public service, or in the host of organisations and special interest groups which have effectively formed an industry dependent on the political structure.

    You’ll learn all about politics and the implementation of policy through a very practical, pragmatic lens. You can specialise in the UK, Asia, Africa or more specific issues.

    The degree program may include an opportunity for a work placement in politics, lobbying or a pressure group in your final year. These placements are typically paid, though certain charity organisations offer travel and meal expenses rather than a salary. You will be encouraged to arrange a placement in an organisation doing the kind of work suitable to your long term career goals, and this may be a golden opportunity to begin building a professional contact network within this rarefied field.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 3 years at full time, 4 years at full time including a Sandwich placement year, or up to 5 years taken at part time. In addition to your core modules, you can select options to specialise your career pathway.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Comparative Politics
    • Conflict, Commerce and Culture: Britain and the World, 1600-2000
    • English For Academic Purposes 6-7
    • Europe without Borders: Cultures in Contact
    • European Languages (French 1-4)
    • European Languages (Italian 1-4)
    • European Languages (Spanish 1-4)
    • Inequality and Social Change
    • Introduction to Politics and International Relations
    • Mandarin 1-4
    • Writing for the Media

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Atlantic Worlds 1650-1783
    • Empire and Nation in the Middle East
    • Island Nation: Britain and the Sea 1805 – Present
    • Liberalism: Freedom & Toleration
    • Politics and Development in Asia and Africa
    • ‘The People’s War’: The Second World War, Society, Culture and Legacy
    • Work placement LAIR/PAIR Level 5
    • Working in Politics and International Relations
    • Writing Journalism
    • English For Academic Purposes 6-7
    • European Languages (French 1-4)
    • European Languages (Italian 1-4)
    • European Languages (Spanish 1-4)
    • Mandarin 1-4

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Language, Soft Power and Cultural Diplomacy
    • International Relations and International Security
    • Political Conspiracy and Slander
    • Dissertation (HPS)
    • A Global History of Genocide
    • Gendering the British: Nation, Citizenship & Rights
    • Journalism in Practice
    • Parliamentary, Pressure Group and Political Placements
    • Migration and Citizenship
    • Globalisation: Social and Political Perspectives
    • European Languages (French 2-4)
    • European Languages (Italian 2-4)
    • European Languages (Spanish 2-4)
    • Mandarin 2-4
    • English For Academic Purposes 6-7

    Learning & Teaching

    The University of Greenwich delivers its modules in several different manners. In addition to large scale lecture classes and more interactive tutorial or seminar sessions, you’ll spend between 20 and 30 hours each week learning independently, reading and preparing for class. You’ll be assessed in several ways, including examinations, graded seminar presentations, coursework and an (optional) dissertation. In all, you can expect to devote around 10 hours for each credit you take.

    Career Possiblities

    This degree program will prepare you for a role in party politics, civil service, administration or journalism, as well as for a wide range of private sector roles which depend on a thorough and pragmatic understanding of the ways democratic governments go about setting, enforcing and moderating policy.

    Some graduates have taken roles in communications, in media, in the NHS or in a wide range of not for profit organisations. Others have become teachers, gone to work for the NHS or entered into higher degree programs.

    Entry Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 year BA degree.

    Applicants must typically have earned 104 UCAS Tariff points or the international equivalent. The full list of accepted qualifications can be found here.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. An excellent IELTS score would qualify, for example.

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