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  • Academic Title
    International Politics BSc
  • Course description
    Our pioneering approach to international politics offers a syllabus for understanding globalisation and international politics in the twenty-first century that differs from traditional international relations degrees in three important ways:

        * by focusing on the movement of ideas in global policy making
        * by covering all the major inter-governmental organisations, such as the United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank
        * by analysing how governments relate to other political and trans-national organisations, including social movements, non-governmental organisations, trades unions, religious groups and trans-national corporation.

    A degree in international politics can lead to a wide range of careers, including the diplomatic service, central and local government, non-governmental organisations, the media and business.

    The skills of International Politics graduates are of direct relevance to international non-governmental organisations and they are often valued by large multi-national companies. You will study the complexities of economic, social and political globalisation that affect the relations of the government and society with other countries. This degree focuses on understanding global policy making on current issues such as development, the environment, human rights and trade.

    BSc International Politics

    How can we better understand  'power' in age of global terrorism,  unprecendented economic shifts, social and humanitarian crises and environmental catastrophes?  

    Our Undergraduate degree in International Politics offers a well-balanced portfolio of core courses in International Relations and specialised options which reflect the research work and expertise of our Faculty. Our programme progresses through three levels of study:

    Year 1: Understanding  ideas. By studying international history and the evolution of major ideas and concepts of International Relations, our first year students are introduced to the complex field of politics and the transformations that have underpinned globalisation.

    Year 2: Understanding change: political, economic and social transformations of the 20th century and beyond. During their second year, students advance their conceptual understanding of the field of International Relations, and analyse the major spheres of  political change, including: religion, social movements, international political economy,  international  and regional organisations.

    Year 3: Understanding power in the 21st century. During their final year, students concentrate more closely on some of the contemporary issues of global politics and problems of global governance, and pursue individual research projects.

    During all three years at City, students are welcome to chose elective modules from other Departments in the School of Social Sciences.

    The skills of City International Politics graduates are highly sought after by governmental bodies, international institutions, non-governmental and civil society organizations, as well as the commercial sector. We welcome, and encourage, students from all backgrounds and all parts of the globe.

    Modules: BSc International Politics

    Year 1

    In the first year, you will take three core modules and 30 credits from elective modules.

    All students take the following three core modules:

        *
          Theories of Global Politics
        *
          Global Political Issues in the 21st Century
        *
          International Organisations in Global Politics

    Students choose 30 credits of Electives from the following:

        *
          Introduction to Microeconomics (15 credits)
        *
          Introduction to Macroeconomics (15 credits)
        *
          History and Theory in Psychology (15 credits)
        *
          Introduction to Sociology (30 credits)
        *
          Media History and Politics (15 credits)
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          Contemporary Issues in Media Studies (15 credits)
        *
          Understanding the Modern World (30 credits)
        *
          Introduction to Criminology (30 credits)
        *
          A Language Module (French, German or Spanish) (15 credits)

    Year 2

    In the second year, you will study two core modules plus a further 60 credits from your elective modules.

    All students take the following two core modules:

        *
          Theories and Research in International Politics
        *
          International Organisations in Global Politics

    Students choose two of the following optional modules, at least one of which has to be from the International Politics Electives (module prefix IP):

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          IP2005 Religions in Global Politics
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          IP2013 Political Change in Europe
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          IP2014 Transnational Social Movements
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          IP2015  International Political Economy
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          IP2016 Global Conflict and Security
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          SG2002  Understanding Social Change
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          SG2003 Media, Culture & Society
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          SG2004 New Media Challenges
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          SG2006 News & Society
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          SG2010  Media, Crime & Criminal Justice
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          SG2011 Key Issues in Criminology
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          SG2012 Political Sociology
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          SG2013 Culture, Community & Identity

    Year 3

    In the final year you will study two core modules and two elective modules.
     
    All students take the following two core modules:

        *
          A supervised project in International Politics
        *
          Global Political Systems

    Students choose two of the following optional modules at least one of which has to be from the International Politics Electives (module prefix IP):

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          IP3004 The Global Politics of Development
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          IP3007 The Transnational Women’s Movement
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          IP3008 International Politics of the Middle East
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          IP3010 The Politics of Forced Displacement
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          SG3001 Globalisation, Social Difference & HRs
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          SG3003 World Media Industry
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          SG3008 Migration, Refugees and Globalisation
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          SG3011 Policing: Theory & Practice
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          SG3013 Gender & Society
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          SG3017 Youth, Crime & Society

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