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International Relations: History and Global Politics

BA (Hons)

100% student satisfaction

(All History programmes) National Student Survey 2019

Coursework focused assessment

Emphasis on in-depth study and the development of well-researched, focused arguments

Global outlook

Emphasis on world political history and contemporary challenges in international relations

UCAS code:
VV14
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Full-time
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Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
14 September 2020
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Futureproof your learning by studying the past and unlock your understanding of how the world works today on this challenging new course from Staffordshire University’s brilliant History, Politics and International Relations team.

Combining the approaches and theories of International Relations with studies of modern and contemporary history, this course provides you with insight into understanding the rapidly changing world around us. Wars, revolutions, the global economy, Brexit, climate change, society, migration and power all come together as themes in this carefully designed, immersive and overlapping programme of study.

The International Relations: History and Global Politics award aims to develop your understanding of world events and global trends, knowledge of which will undoubtedly become increasingly essential in a less predictable world including a post Brexit Britain. The course focusses on the challenges of international relations today as well as providing, through the study of history, examples of the ways through which those challenges have been met in the past. It fosters your all-important problem-solving, communication, research and inquiry skills; providing study activities and assessments that encourage independence of thought, originality, critical self-awareness and advances your future employability prospects. 

Small class sizes, ease of access to lecturers in tutorial classes, as well as the availability of one-to-one office meetings give the programme an intimate feel where political and historical problems are dissected and explored, and you are given the intellectual tools not only to think critically but to go and find out for yourself.

Guided by experts in international organisations, security and intelligence as well as historians with various national and thematic interests, Staffordshire University’s research-led approach allows you to really get under the skin of the subjects you choose, gradually specialising in a topic studied at significant depth for your dissertation.

The programme also allows our students to conduct work placements in a variety of areas from schools and museums, to political parties, charities and NGOs. Many of these placements can be partially credited toward the degree. Finally, our field excursions and trips are designed to bring home the reality, proximity and relevance of international politics to students who would otherwise see issues solely within an academic or theoretical context.

The BA Hons International Relations: History and Global Politics aims to produce graduates who are reflective and critical learners with a global perspective.  When you complete the course you will be aware not only of future challenges but of the importance of contextual understanding and research when facing them.

Our aim is that our graduates become professional global citizens, leaving them prepared for the world of work and ready to face the unpredictable future challenges of a globalised world.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) International Relations: History and Global Politics

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) International Relations: History and Global Politics

Course content

Students study combinations of four core and optional modules per semester (two semesters per year, over three years). In the first year (Level 4) students are grounded both in the context of international history as well as how it can be studied with introductions to issues in international relations and political philosophy. A two-part module looking at the history of the United States guides the study of both American history and foreign policy from the colonial era to the present day, providing more useful context for later study on the programme.

In the second year (Level 5) students are provided with a core set of bespoke international relations modules and a history of international organisations as well as an array of specialist options specially selected for their relevance to  contemporary issues in international politics. Research methods are also taught in preparation for the final year’s dissertation research.

In the final year (Level 6) the emphasis is very much on the practical deployment of the contextual knowledge and research skills honed in the previous two years with a wide variety of options to choose from and a dissertation to complete working with a specialist in the student’s chosen field. Students are encouraged to apply what they have learned historically, conceptually, and theoretically to important foreign policy challenges today.

Our optional modules provide relevant introductions to important historical and contemporary issues whilst optimising student choice. Our optional modules often focus on important problems in international politics, covering revolutions, wars and famines in locations from Italy to Russia and Ireland as well as more thematic courses in areas such as secret intelligence or gender, where issues/approaches can be compared from state to state. Additional International Relations options include the study of human rights, international security and modern political thought as well as foreign policy analysis. All with the aim of providing a bespoke but targeted course content throughout the programme that builds on previous learning and which focuses ultimately on relevant and likely future international challenges.

Students study combinations of four core and optional modules per semester (two semesters per year, over three years). In the first year (Level 4) students are grounded both in the context of international history as well as how it can be studied with introductions to issues in international relations and political philosophy. A two-part module looking at the history of the United States guides the study of both American history and foreign policy from the colonial era to the present day, providing more useful context for later study on the programme.

In the second year (Level 5) students are provided with a core set of bespoke international relations modules and a history of international organisations as well as an array of specialist options specially selected for their relevance to  contemporary issues in international politics. Research methods are also taught in preparation for the final year’s dissertation research.

In the final year (Level 6) the emphasis is very much on the practical deployment of the contextual knowledge and research skills honed in the previous two years with a wide variety of options to choose from and a dissertation to complete working with a specialist in the student’s chosen field. Students are encouraged to apply what they have learned historically, conceptually, and theoretically to important foreign policy challenges today.

Our optional modules provide relevant introductions to important historical and contemporary issues whilst optimising student choice. Our optional modules often focus on important problems in international politics, covering revolutions, wars and famines in locations from Italy to Russia and Ireland as well as more thematic courses in areas such as secret intelligence or gender, where issues/approaches can be compared from state to state. Additional International Relations options include the study of human rights, international security and modern political thought as well as foreign policy analysis. All with the aim of providing a bespoke but targeted course content throughout the programme that builds on previous learning and which focuses ultimately on relevant and likely future international challenges.

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

History graduates find opportunities in local and national government, schools, media and law. Some find employment with charities (at home and overseas), in community advocacy or with NGOs.  Many go on to additional study both with us and elsewhere. Often our graduates find that the transferable skills they learn during their time with us can open up opportunities in the private sector within local and international businesses. Though many of our alumni go into history-related work in museums and local heritage sites this programme has been specifically tailored to build students’ awareness of the challenges facing both the UK and the world today and it is hoped that students will find ways to apply what they study after they graduate.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

You will experience a wide variety of approaches to teaching on your course, including lectures, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. We often use lectures, individual and group tasks supervised by the lecturers to enable immediate feedback and guided discussion/analysis.  You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research assignments, whole group and small group exercises, and give presentations at various level of formality to help develop your assignments.

Throughout, the focus is on ensuring that you progress through your degree in a cumulative way, gaining both subject knowledge as well as experience of essay planning, essay writing and argument development that are honed over time and practice.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss your progress and help you to achieve your aims.

Our exceptional NSS scores in recent years are proof of the team’s success in delivering beneficial higher education that students love.

You will experience a wide variety of approaches to teaching on your course, including lectures, seminars, and one-to-one tutorials. We often use lectures, individual and group tasks supervised by the lecturers to enable immediate feedback and guided discussion/analysis.  You will also have the opportunity to undertake independent research assignments, whole group and small group exercises, and give presentations at various level of formality to help develop your assignments.

Throughout, the focus is on ensuring that you progress through your degree in a cumulative way, gaining both subject knowledge as well as experience of essay planning, essay writing and argument development that are honed over time and practice.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss your progress and help you to achieve your aims.

Our exceptional NSS scores in recent years are proof of the team’s success in delivering beneficial higher education that students love.

Assessment

Coursework is the primary means of assessment on the History and International Relations BA Hons although there is a wide variety of assessments that this can pertain to. Beyond essays and research papers students can be expected to present their coursework research in poster project format, literature reviews and reflective portfolios.

Our student research journal, containing multiple examples of all levels of student coursework submitted in 2018/19 can be viewed here.  www.facebook.com/setinclay

https://sway.office.com/luhUpZZwHXOZrPjq?fbclid=IwAR3_8QejRhp_uHojjhIPnwOr010lPZIMaDfN79i-0RhIEQPeziLq97LZVr8

Coursework is the primary means of assessment on the History and International Relations BA Hons although there is a wide variety of assessments that this can pertain to. Beyond essays and research papers students can be expected to present their coursework research in poster project format, literature reviews and reflective portfolios.

Our student research journal, containing multiple examples of all levels of student coursework submitted in 2018/19 can be viewed here.  www.facebook.com/setinclay

https://sway.office.com/luhUpZZwHXOZrPjq?fbclid=IwAR3_8QejRhp_uHojjhIPnwOr010lPZIMaDfN79i-0RhIEQPeziLq97LZVr8

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

History and International Relations BA Hons provides you with opportunities to develop and test your understanding of the subject matter in class and in tutorials before you complete the formal assessments. Modules often include initial assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor but which count for only a portion of the module as a whole. Shorter assessments like these include personalised confidential tutor feedback designed to aid improvement in the main assessment later in the term. Formal, constructive, written feedback is provided on every piece of graded coursework you submit and we take great pride in seeing our students respond positively to it, whatever grade they have achieved.

History and International Relations BA Hons provides you with opportunities to develop and test your understanding of the subject matter in class and in tutorials before you complete the formal assessments. Modules often include initial assessments for which you receive feedback from your tutor but which count for only a portion of the module as a whole. Shorter assessments like these include personalised confidential tutor feedback designed to aid improvement in the main assessment later in the term. Formal, constructive, written feedback is provided on every piece of graded coursework you submit and we take great pride in seeing our students respond positively to it, whatever grade they have achieved.

Staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team that includes senior academics and leaders in their respective fields. However, being a small department, over the course of your time with us you will likely take multiple modules by some members of staff. We take pride in getting to know all our students and we hope you get to know something about us too!

Martin Brown
Martin BrownSenior Lecturer in History

Martin teaches modern Italian and European history, local and community history and 18th Century English history, with an emphasis on social, cultural and political history.

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Dr Tony Craig
Dr Tony CraigAssociate Professor in Modern History

Tony's expertise is in Northern Ireland, intelligence and security studies, archive research, conflict resolution.

His research interests include Irish foreign policy, British foreign policy, intelligence history, 
terrorism, security studies and decolonisation.

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Dr Fiona Robertson-Snape
Dr Fiona Robertson-SnapeSenior Lecturer International Relations

Fiona's expertise is in international relations theory and international ethics. Her research interests cover international society, human rights and international criminal justice.

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Dr Simon Smith
Dr Simon SmithAssociate Professor of Security and International Relations

Simon's expertise covers EU-NATO Cooperation, transatlantic security and European and US defence transformation.

His research interests include transatlantic security and reforming European defence and the defence and security implications of an independent Scotland.

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Dr Alun Thomas
Dr Alun ThomasLecturer in Modern European History

Alun's research interests cover the history of Russia and the Soviet Union and Central Asia; imperialism, colonialism, decolonisation, refugeedom, itinerance; nomadism,nationalism, state-building, urbanisation, memory and patrimonialisation.

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Lance Davies
Lance DaviesLecturer

Lance's research interest include Russian foreign and security policy, intervention, responsibility to protect and peacekeeping, European security governance, Institutionalism and defence cooperation (with a focus on the Anglo-American relationship).

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For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
To be confirmed

For the course starting on 14 September 2020 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

Our students

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George Brown
Student

The input from the staff is great. You’re always supported. They give you resources. They’re supportive in your ideas.

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Joshua Smith
Student

I have seen a different outlook in myself. Politically, I understand things more. Watching the news, I’ve researched the connections. It’s given me fundamental skills to approach politics and things that are happening around me and in the world at a new level.

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Hannah Tottie
Student

I’m a lot more confident in voicing my opinions and thinking about the world critically and not being scared to share that. We have a lot of open discussions, it’s really brought me out of my shell.

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Aida Haughton
Student

It’s very interesting, it really tells you how we ended up where we are today. Besides all the facts, they make you think. They tell you the most interesting things. I hate to miss any of the lessons!

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Maelyne Coggins
Learning and Resources Development Co-ordinator (Eastwood Park Training)

The level of teaching from the history department was outstanding as all staff were always fully engaged and invested in every student.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
14 September 2020

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