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  • Objectives
    A postgraduate degree in Politics can help you pursue career pathways in a wide range of organisations such as government, the private and public sectors, consultancies, non-governmental organisations and think-tanks.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in politics or a cognate subject.
  • Academic Title
    MA International Studies
  • Course description
    Structure

    Course structures provide maximum choice based on core, pathway specific and unrestricted option modules. You will complete a dissertation as well as core and option modules.

    All courses aim to give you the skills to analyse political problems and conduct research on them.

    The MA in International Studies is designed to explore understandings of the nature of global politics. The importance of political relations between and across states has become very important to contemporary politics in all parts of the world, generating prominent issues and debates which this programme covers.

    The kinds of themes that this degree explores are terrorism, human rights, nationalism and democratisation.

    Core module

    Theory and Practice of International Relations

    This module provides an advanced level appreciation of the discipline of International Relations. The first section examines the origins and development of the discipline throughout the 20th century, focusing explicitly on the dominance of the realist/neo-realist paradigm. The second section explores how the end of the Cold War provoked a proliferation of theories, concepts and debates in International Relations, and provides a systematic advanced examination of the development of these so-called 'post-positivist' theories.

    Modules

    Three further modules are taken from the pathway specific and unrestricted option list, including:

    -Advanced Political Analysis
    -Creating Political Order
    -Democratisation
    -Development Politics
    -Ethnic Conflict Regulation in Asia
    -The European Union
    -Gender and Globalisation
    -Global Governance
    -Human Rights
    -Social and Political Change in European Democracies
    -Theories and Issues in International Political Economy
    -Theories of Political Economy
    -United States Hegemony
    -The Political Economy of Globalisation
    -Dissertation

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