BA International Relations and European Politics

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Why study International Relations and European Politics at University?

This degree enable you to study European affairs within the context of the discipline of international relations. Thus you will be introduced to the basic aspects of political analysis through the study of the role of legislatures and executives, constitutions, political parties and voting behaviour while you engage in the comparative analysis of different European political experiences such as those of Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. You will be able to understand how the European Union operates and how it relates to the rest of the world.

Alongside the European 'backbone' of compulsory modules, you have the oppor…

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Why study International Relations and European Politics at University?

This degree enable you to study European affairs within the context of the discipline of international relations. Thus you will be introduced to the basic aspects of political analysis through the study of the role of legislatures and executives, constitutions, political parties and voting behaviour while you engage in the comparative analysis of different European political experiences such as those of Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. You will be able to understand how the European Union operates and how it relates to the rest of the world.

Alongside the European 'backbone' of compulsory modules, you have the opportunity to study languages, as well as 'customise' your degree course by steering towards subjects which are of relevance to you and your chosen career, with modules on, for example, European politics, economics, history, media, security and European convention on human rights.

We offer options on the politics of America, Russia, and other European countries; on international relations and the EU; on democracy, utopias, and the history of political thought; on mass-media, identity, and popular culture.

Why study International Relations and European Politics at UEA?
Year 1

You will take the following compulsory modules: Social and Political Theory; Introduction to Contemporary Politics; A Globalising World; and Introduction to International Relations. You will also select a further two modules from a choice that in previous years has included: various languages; Introduction to Modern History; Introduction to Philosophy; Big Brother? The Politics and Sociology of Media and Culture; Economics and Society; Media Culture, Media Power.

Year 2

You will take three compulsory modules: Introduction to the European Union; Britain and Europe; and International Relations Theory. You can select a further two modules from a range that in previous years has included: International Organisations; Democratic Theory; International Security and Conflict Resolution; EU’s Future as International Actor; and European Media and the EU.

In addition, you may choose one approved free choice module from other Schools across the University.

Year 3

You will choose your modules from a range of options which in previous years has included: Western Political Thought; Power over the Pacific; Class of Fundamentalisms; Intellectuals and Foreign Policy; Capitalism and Its Critics; Dissertation; and Modern Italy.


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Entry Requirements A Level: ABB International Baccalaureate: 32 Scottish Advanced Highers: ABB Irish Leaving Certificate: AABBBB Access Course: Please contact the university for further information. HND: Please contact the university for further information. European Baccalaureate: 75% Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in Reading and Writing with no less than 5.5 in any component)
  • TOEFL: Internet-based score of 88 overall (minimum 20 in Reading and Speaking components, 19 in Writing component and 17 in Listening components.
  • PTE: 62 overall (minimum 55 in Reading and Writing components with no less than 51 in any component).

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.

Deferred Entry

We welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above, then please contact university directly for further information.

GCSE Offer

Students are required to have GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English Language at Grade C or above.

Assessment

For the majority of candidates the most important factors in assessing the application will be past and future achievement in examinations, academic interest in the subject being applied for, personal interest and extra-curricular activities and the confidential reference.

We consider applicants as individuals and accept students from a very wide range of educational backgrounds and spend time considering your application in order to reach an informed decision relating to your application. Typical offers are indicated above. Please note, there may be additional subject entry requirements specific to individual degree courses.

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The School of Political Social and International Studies (PSI) specialises in teaching and research in politics, international relations, media and culture.

We offer a wide range of courses that allow you to explore the politics of different countries and regions – for example, Russia, South-east Asia, the United States, Europe and Australia and, of course, the United Kingdom. You can learn about the key power-holders, about how parties compete to influence the public and how policies are made. Some of our students experience life in the lobby at first hand through the parliamentary internship scheme.

In the international arena there are modules dealing with security, terrorism, American foreign policy, fundamentalism, environmental issues and international players such as the United Nations. A module on the history of world politics since 1945 helps you understand how we arrived at 21st-century global patterns of power.

We offer a distinctive range of degrees specialising in media, culture and politics where topics covered may include mass media, political blogs, popular culture, new media, political marketing and 'practical media’, which enables students to make their own news documentary.

All our degrees give you opportunities to take modules from other UEA Schools which are selected to fit in with our degree programmes. Each degree includes the option of a 'free choice’ module taken from another School.

UniStats Information Fees and Funding University Fees and Financial Support: UK/EU Students

Further information on fees and funding for 2012 can be found here

University Fees and Financial Support: International Students

The University will be charging International students £11,700.00 for all full time School of Political, Social and International Studies undergraduate programmes which start in 2012.

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