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Global Politics (MSc - MRes)

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  • Objectives
    These degrees provide the analytical tools required to examine the changing nature of international politics and the emergence of a global political space. They provide a historical understanding of the evolution of global political and economic forces and the ideas that shaped them. They also include evaluations of the spread of neo-liberal economic orthodoxy; the creation of new multilateral institutions (such as the World Trade Organization); migration; and debates on global media and the increased interpenetration of the world’s cultures. During the degree you will develop the capacity to analyse political debates and issues in a critical manner, while improving teamwork and both written and oral communication skills. You will also learn to locate and analyse qualitative and quantitative data on globalisation from printed and electronic sources. Both degrees will give you a good foundation from which to undertake an MPhil/PhD related to globalisation in the social sciences. They are also ideal if you want to further your knowledge of, or are planning a career in, international organisations, policy research, journalism or economic and political forecasting.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Good honours degree in a social science or other relevant subject, though other qualifications may be considered. Applications from those working on international issues are welcome.
  • Academic Title
    Global Politics (MSc / MRes)
  • Course description
    You will take core courses and options, and write a dissertation.

    -Core course 1, International Political Economy, provides a grounding in history and theories of global economic and political change.
    -Core course 2, Politics of Globalisation, focuses on the state, domestic and international institutions and global change.
    The core courses are complemented by a range of thematic or regional options, allowing you to tailor the degree to your own specific personal or career interests. Modules are normally available in:

    -British, US and European government and politics
    -international relations, international security, and US foreign policy
    -politics of globalisation and international political economy
    -politics, policy and administration of the EU
    -political theory and political sociology
    -war, conflict, nationalism, politics and religion
    -policy analysis, policy-making processes and comparative public policy
    -public management and public sector reform
    -research methods.

    For MRes students, research methods training forms part of the programme's core elements.


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