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BSc International Relations

About the course

This degree is for you if you:

  • wish to engage critically with a range of materials about contemporary international relations
  • have studied another subject area, such as economics or law, and need to be equipped with sufficient knowledge of International Relations in order to understand the international dimensions of your own chosen field
  • seeking a framework for understanding the international aspects of problems such as environmental degradation, the globalising of economy, development and human rights, which will be of increasing importance in the 21st century.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Program Aims

To provide a critical understanding of the core literature and main theoretical issues in the field of International Relations.

Structure and Syllabus

Please note: the following unit information sheets are in pdf format.

Standard Route Graduate Entry Route
100 courses 100 courses
1 IR1011 Introduction to international relations 1 IR1011 Introduction to international relations
2 PS1114 Democratic politics and the State or PS1130 Introduction to modern political thought 2 PS1114 Democratic politics and the State or PS1130 Introduction to modern political thought
3 One 100 course (or two half courses) from Selection group F(i) 3 One 100 course (or two half courses) from Selection group F(i)
4 One 100 course (or two half courses) from Selection groups F(i), F(ii) or F(iii) 4 One 100 course (or two half courses) from Selection groups F(i), F(ii) or F(iii)
200 and 300 courses 200 and 300 courses
5 IR3026 International political economy (EC1002 or IR1011) 5 IR3026 International political economy (EC1002 or IR1011)
6 IR3083 International political theory (IR1011) 6 IR3083 International political theory (IR1011)
7 IR2085 International institutions (IR1011) 7 IR2085 International institutions (IR1011)
8 IR2137 Foreign policy analysis (IR1011) 8 IR2137 Foreign policy analysis (IR1011)
9 IR3140 Security and international relations (IR1011) 9 IR3140 Security and international relations (IR1011)
10 One 300 course from Selection groups IR or P  
11 One course unit (or two half courses) from Selection groups E, IR, P or S
12 One 100, 200 or 300 course (or two half courses) from any Selection group

Notes:

  • The structure shown above is subject to confirmation in the 2011-2012 Regulations. The Regulations also contain full details on the rules that govern the choice of any course. Students already registered on the programme should consult the current Regulations section of our website.
  • To be eligible for the award of a degree, you must attempt all 12 courses and pass a minimum of 10 (although this would result in a drop in the class band of the degree award). On the Graduate Entry Route, you must successfully pass all 9 courses to be eligible for the award of degree.
  • In your first year of study you must demonstrate the capacity to succeed at Level 4 (100) courses before advancing to Level 5 (200) or Level 6 (300) courses, unless you have received accreditation of prior learning.
  • Prerequisites - courses which you must have already passed - are shown in brackets.
  • Course codes are new from the 2011–2012 academic year and replace any previous year’s examination numbers. This change does not affect the syllabus or course content. Please note that the course information sheet displays the old code – this will be updated in due course.

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