Students have the option of studying International Relations as a combined honours subject, or in a single honours capacity. Our programmes provide an exciting balance of current issues, theoretical analysis and historical context based on three important elements.
- An examination of significant international relations theories and their contemporary relevance for such as American hegemony, war and conflict an new security threats (cybercrime and climate change)
- An analysis of regional and world organisations - for example, the European Union, NATO, the United Nations, and the World Trade Organisation, to illustrate the importance of international cooperation and global governance
- Contemporary issues such as changing patterns of international power, with the ‘Asian revival’; new modes of conflict resolution and new international policy issues such as energy security
Our lecturers are nationally and internationally recognised leading researchers in these fields.
As well as traditional teaching methods such as lectures and tutorials, our students also have an opportunity to go on field trips to places such as the House of Commons, the European Union institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg, and the international courts at The Hague. Moreover, our students can study for a year in the Czech Republic (Prague), France, Germany, Italy or Spain as part of the Erasmus programme.
Students gain direct experience of the political arena with our Making Politics Matter initiative, which has included debates on immigration, Britain and the EU, international human rights, human trafficking, fair trade, student fees, the politics of the environment, and the global financial crisis. This initiative has attracted a range of senior national and international politicians as speakers, is student-based, and provides a great opportunity for enhancing employability.