International Relations, BA (Hons)

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International Relations, BA (Hons)

Nottingham Trent University
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This innovative course allows you to explore international issues and events including relationships between states, peoples, social movements and cultural and religious communities. You’ll learn about the topics and processes currently shaping our world and gain a sense of how to make informed choices that have an impact at the local, national and global levels. 90% of our students said that they were satisfied with the BA (Hons) International Relations course (National Student Suvery, 2013).

International Relations is the study and understanding of the changing world in which we live. It explores relations between states, peoples, social movements and cultural and religious communities.…

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This innovative course allows you to explore international issues and events including relationships between states, peoples, social movements and cultural and religious communities. You’ll learn about the topics and processes currently shaping our world and gain a sense of how to make informed choices that have an impact at the local, national and global levels. 90% of our students said that they were satisfied with the BA (Hons) International Relations course (National Student Suvery, 2013).

International Relations is the study and understanding of the changing world in which we live. It explores relations between states, peoples, social movements and cultural and religious communities. It's major focus is diplomatic relations - war, peace, conflict and co-operation - but also international communication, terrorism, the role of the media, and protest and resistance to established power.

You will take roles in simulation exercises and try to understand how crises are managed and problems are handled by getting into the minds of different participants. This will build your confidence, give you presentation and advocacy skills, and give you understanding across cultural barriers.

Teaching is informed by regionally aligned research strengths in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and Europe. This research feeds directly into the course, which means you will be learning about the latest issues from world-renowned experts.

This course will help you develop a greater awareness of the complexity and connectedness of the processes that shape our world.

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What will I study?

Year One
Core modules

  • International Relations in Context
  • Foundations and Challenges to International Relations
  • International Relations and Global History
  • British Politics
  • Political Ideologies

Year Two
Core modules

  • Understanding and Explaining International Relations
  • Understanding Foreign Policy

Optional modules

  • Working Within International Contexts
  • Global Political Economy
  • Change and World Order
  • Contemporary European Politics
  • Identity, Class and Nation
  • Great Political Thinkers

Year Three
Core modules

  • Dissertation
  • States, Nationalisms and Identity

Optional modules

  • The International Relations of North East Asia
  • The International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa
  • The International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Developing South Asia: People, States and Power
  • Russian Politics
  • Power and Politics in the EU
  • Hyper-power Politics: The United States

During this course you will look at complex situations which are exciting and challenging to analyse. You will take roles in simulation exercises and try to understand how crises are managed and problems are handled by getting into the minds of different participants. This will build your confidence, give you presentation and advocacy skills, and an understanding across cultural barriers.

You will be given the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in geographical areas you wish to specialise in through optional modules in Year two and Year three.

How will my work be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework based essays, reports and a final year research-based dissertation. You will also be assessed through a combination of formal examinations and practical assessments such as group and individual presentations.

In response to student feedback the University has introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Can I study abroad?

You'll have the opportunity to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the ERASMUS foreign exchange scheme. This provides a great opportunity to experience life in another country and gain a new perspective on your subject. Find out more about this exciting study abroad opportunity.

Contact hours

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university, you will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures and seminars. The smaller group seminars provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills, group working, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about a wide range of views.

Tutorials with staff
As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Independent study
Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You will still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Learning from industry experts
In addition to the traditional lectures, tutorials and independent study you’ll also hear and learn from renowned industry experts and professionals in related fields who are regularly invited to come and talk to our students providing you with an insight into their specialist knowledge and experiences.

Virtual learning environment
You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Expert staff

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The courses all draw upon their expertise, research interests and industry experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest.

You will develop specialist knowledge based on the teams staff expertise in several areas including foreign policy, international and global institutions, International Relations theory, Global Political Economy, South Asia, Africa, North East Asia, and the Middle East.

Beyond the course

Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for.

Where will I study?

As a member of the School of Social Sciences’ community, you will study on our vibrant City site. You will typically be based in the Chaucer building although you will also learn in the recently regenerated Newton and Arkwright buildings. All of our teaching rooms and learning resources are within a short distance of each other.

When does this course start?

The course will begin with Welcome Week in September and you’ll study over three terms each academic year. For specific information, take a look at NTU’s future term dates.

Welcoming students from all over the world

The University is proud of its multicultural community. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities that you need to help you through all the stages of being a student. Find out more about the University's dedicated services for international students.

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You'll have easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:

  • the £13 million Boots Library that has a wide range of both print and online resources, as well as 24 / 7 IT facilities, group and individual study spaces
  • the redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings which will provide you with an inspiring place to learn
  • our virtual learning environment (NOW) which allows you to learn online at any time
  • 3,000 student open access PC's and 300 secure wireless access points
  • a new City site Students' Union building will open in 2013 giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and well-being facilities.

The prime location of the City site gives you easy access to a great combination of facilities and activities including:

  • sports facilities
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafes.
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