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It’s an exciting and important moment to study International History. This distance learning course will stimulate inquiring minds by providing an insight into international relationships and rapid changes over time.
This course will take you on a journey through modern international history.
The MA offers the opportunity to develop interest and insight, whether you’re looking to develop your professional profile in a related field or wanting as an enthusiast to explore the relationship between history and politics. This is set against dramatic developments in communications, science and technology, urbanisation and industrialisation. The course is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the freedom to study anytime, anywhere.
Enjoy the flexibility of distance learning while connecting with students with a range of experience. You’ll be encouraged to use digital platforms for a weekly programme of study with regular support from our experts and debate subject with fellow students.
On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA International History
This course is run as part-time distance learning over three years. However, it can be completed in a minimum of two years, four months.
The expected study pattern is to complete modules totalling 60 credits in each year of study.
The core modules provide context for research concerns focused on international history or international policy and diplomatic issues.
The dissertation is supervised by staff but is a student-centred piece of independent work. Topics may be drawn from the areas covered in your module selection.
Optional modules allow you to specialise in your course of study:
An introduction to the flexible interdisciplinary International Studies programme.
The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.
This module examines Russian foreign policy since the end of the Cold War up to the present day, and invites students to explore the following questions: How does Russia view the world? What does Russia want and how will it achieve these aims? What is Russias perception of itself in the world and does this match reality? Does the West remain a reference point in Russias foreign policy thinking? The module begins by introducing students to the different ways Russian foreign policy has been theorised in International Relations. It then outlines the formation of several foreign policy perspectives across Russias political spectrum and examines the roles of domestic actors in foreign policy decision-making. Following this, the course interrogates Russias interaction with its external environment, including its relationship with the EU, NATO, the OSCE, the US, the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, China and the non-West, and several international organisations. The module then examines Russias approach to a number of policy areas and global security issues, including information and hybrid warfare, regional conflicts, emerging non-traditional security challenges, energy security, and intervention and human rights. Finally, students will be expected to consider the future of Russias foreign policy direction.
Module code: HIPO70457
This module explores the academic debates which surround the concept of human security, in particular, the question of its relationship to human rights, asking, how does human security advance the human rights agenda? The module then goes on to examine the impact of the concept in international practice. It examines the way the term has been adopted by key actors, such as the United Nations, European Union and African Union, as well as state actors, and considers the impact of its adoption on policy. It will examine the development of the Responsibility to Protect and the human security issues associated with post-conflict reconstruction. The module then moves on to cover key issues of human security such as health; food; water; environmental degradation; the trafficking in small arms.
Module code: HIPO70456
Module code: HIPO70460
Module code: HIPO70459
Module code: HIPO70402
Module code: HIPO70008
Module code: HIPO70385
Module code: HIPO70011
Honours degree of 2:2 or above, or relevant professional experience.
Language level must be at least IELTS 6-6.5 or equivalent. However, you’ll be considered if you have a level of fluency to meet the needs of the course.
The course is delivered through digital platforms so internet access is a requirement.
How will NATO survive with the U.S threatening to pull out billions of dollars in funding?
For equivalent entry requirements in your home country, please see the information on our country pages.
Distance learners benefit from a range of services including access to e-books, postal loans of physical books, online support from subject librarians and more.
Blackboard is a virtual learning environment which houses your learning content. It enables online teaching/learning, provides spaces to build online communities and knowledge sharing.
After completing the International History MA, you’ll be equipped with transferable skills attractive to employers. These can be adapted to a range of professions including:
Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you’ll be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.
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As a distance learning student you’ll be expected to study independently. Support is available when you need it. You can contact your tutor by phone, email or in person.
Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are. This includes discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.
There are two types of assessments: practice (also called formative) or formal (also called summative).
Your formal assessments could include essays, virtual presentations or critical reviews.
Your course tutors will provide lots of support. But you can also take advantage of our Academic Skills team, who can help you online with:
If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our Student Enabling Centre is here to help sure nothing stands in your way.
If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.
We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do or through a weekly discussion board.
We usually give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days, but the format will vary for each module.
You will typically need to complete 10 – 15 hours of independent work each week. However, the actual study time will vary from student to student.
The focus of this course is independent learning and individual study time. This could involve:
For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:
If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.
If you have previously completed an undergraduate degree with us, you may be entitled to a discount off your course fee for any subsequent postgraduate taught course. For further information please contact Graduate Relations.
The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totaling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.
Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees.
For more information on accommodation and living costs, please see: Accommodation
Providing you are studying towards a full Masters qualification you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,609 to help with tuition fees, maintenance and other associated costs. Student loans are available for many of our postgraduate degrees and are provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC). The loan can cover a wide range of postgraduate study options - part-time, full-time and distance learning.
For more information and how to apply visit postgraduate loans.
As a postgraduate student at Staffordshire, you may be eligible for additional financial support through one of our scholarships and bursaries. You can visit our funding page to find out more and check your eligibility.
I very much enjoyed the modules on Diplomacy, International Relations and International Security along with the dissertation. My tutors were all very knowledgeable and supportive. The course encouraged me to specialise and I am now doing a second Masters as a direct result. I intend in the future to use my MA to work either with a relevant NGO or in international relations/security. There is a large workload but it’s worth it in the end!
If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.
Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.
25/02/2020 06:02:30 / International History / Full-time, distance learning, September start / 9.0 / 26.0 / SSTK-12535 / Direct link
25/02/2020 06:02:30 / International History / Part-time, distance learning, September start / 20.0 / 26.0 / SSTK-07380 / Direct link
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