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Coventry University

International Relations

UCAS Code: L250

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

The Access to HE Diploma to include 30 Level 3 credits at Merit. Plus GCSE English at grade 4 or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

29

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

International relations

The world is becoming ever more interdependent with the resulting global socio-political changes – from the rising cost of foreign aid to the impact of non-English speaking immigrants within the education system – increasingly affecting people at a local level.

If you are fascinated by world politics, global citizenship and international humanitarian aid, this dynamic and topical course covers these issues and more. Ideal if you wish to pursue careers in the field of diplomacy, intelligence, development or international organisations, it could lead to jobs in local, national or international government, as well as teaching, research, voluntary organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Taught by staff with research expertise in security studies, development, peace studies, foreign policy analysis and the history of international political thought, the course aims to provide a solid grounding in international relations theory, coupled with practical explanations of how states and other international actors compete and cooperate within the world system.

You will have the opportunity to study the evolution and interaction of different states and societies around the globe, exploring the history of world politics since World War II. You will consider how foreign policy decision-makers and international organisations respond in the face of war, social movements, terrorism, political struggles, democratic advances and setbacks.

During your studies, we encourage you to become an independent, reflective and analytical thinker, able to navigate complex issues, prepare reasoned arguments and develop exceptional communication skills – all of which are vital in today’s competitive world of work.

**Key Course Benefits**

* Optional modules allow you to specialise in different areas of the world, such as the Middle East, Africa or China.

* Teaching staff include a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

* Coventry has received the prestigious ‘Gold award’ in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is ranked 9th in the UK for ‘Politics’ in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

* Spend a year studying abroad – we have links with universities globally, for example in the European Union, the United States, Australia, South Korea, and beyond (additional costs may apply).

* Extensive employer links with Houses of Parliament, House of Commons, National Crime Agency (NCA), local council, local and national non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and charities.

* Placement opportunities have previously included First Utility, GE Alstrom, University Hospital Coventry Warwickshire (NHS), Citizens Advice Bureau, Cardinal Newman School, MIND, Coventry City Council, Refuges and Migrant Centres, working for MPs and MEPs, as well as local heritage sites such as Coventry Cathedral.

* Join our active student-led History, International Relations, Politics and Sociology Society (HIPSOC), which has organised fieldtrips to the Houses of Parliament here in the UK, as well as Germany and the United States to learn about the Cold War, genocide, and parliamentary democracy, Italy to experience the fight against organised crime, and Costa Rica to discuss questions of development aid (additional costs may apply).

Modules

Your main study themes are:

**International relations**: You will have the opportunity to learn to see and understand the world from perspectives and positions you may not agree with to raise your socio-political and cultural awareness, as well as your empathy for difference. We examine three major themes that underpin the development of international relations in the 21st century: globalisation, power and order. We consider globalisation and its impact, especially the issue of whether the state is declining as the central entity in world politics, given the rise and significance of non-state actors. We will also look at the nature of power and how it is exercised in a changing world, for example, how military power is responding to the fact terrorism now represents as much, if not more, of a threat than conventional war. We will also examine how international legal rules and organisations, such as the United Nations, are trying to limit conflict. We will have the opportunity to debate some of the ethical problems that are emerging, including the uneven distribution of gains and losses, the conflicting loyalties we might have to co-nationals and foreigners, the ethics of conflict and the problem of cross-border and trans-generational harm.

**Globalisation**: We introduce you to the ways in which the emergence of the Atlantic World, and later globalisation, altered the cultural, social, and economic realities of all involved. We consider historical change from the 15th century to the present, with emphasis on the history of the Atlantic World (Europe, Africa, and the Americas). We will examine the exchange of cultures, goods and peoples through a range of historic documents, such as American court cases and government acts with regards to the recent travel ban, moving on to consider modern challenges like global security. You will explore a broad range of specific issues on the contemporary security agenda, including terrorism, migration, and modern warfare.

**Politics**: We study political institutions and behaviour post World War II, examining the theories associated with political systems and institutions that form the framework for political life. The major focus will be on the ways individuals and groups react to and behave within the political framework of the Nation State, including political participation, political communication and the expression of interests. We will draw on case studies highlighting contemporary from a range of countries to reflect the variety of political systems, including the changes brought about after the collapse of the USSR. We will consider the foreign policy ‘problem’, assessing the ways in which national political systems experience and cope with challenges arising from their involvement in international affairs.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Humanities

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

83%
high
International relations

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
95%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
89%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
low
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
71%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Teaching and educational professionals
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Welfare and housing associate professionals

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International relations

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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