Formerly a Centre in the Department of Sociology, the Department of International Politics at City University London was established in 2007 with four academic members of staff. Over the past six years the Department has grown rapidly; it currently has twelve full-time academic and two part-time professorial appointments.
The Department offers two undergraduate degree programmes (BSc International Politics and BSc International Politics and Sociology) and four MA programmes in International Politics, Global Political Economy, International Politics of Human Rights, and in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, as well as a two-year MA programme with the prestigious Moscow Higher School of Economics (HSE). A further BSc in International Political Economy will be in place in time for the 2014/2015 academic year.
Research in the department
Within a short time, the Department has established strength in three core areas of research in international relations: International Political Economy, Foreign Policy and Diplomacy and International Social and Political Justice). The Department's research strategy has led to the establishment of two research centres, City Political Economy Research Centre (CITYPERC) under the directorship of Dr Anastasia Nesvetailova, and the Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) under the direction of Professor Rosemary Hollis, both of which were inaugurated in 2012.
City's Department of International Politics is an active community of students, academic staff and researchers dedicated to applying expert knowledge of global politics and international relations to issues and crises happening in the world today. See announcement on our research and media activities in the News section. Our expertise covers:
- International political economy and global finance
- Global ethics and international human rights
- The politics of the US, the Middle East and Europe
- Religion in contemporary politics
- Forced population displacement
- International development
- Global civil society.
We actively engage in work that enhances both understanding and policy through our engagement with various research networks; for example, at present:
- Professor Inderjeet Parmar is co-ordinator of the AHRC Research Network on the Presidency of Barack Obama and Chair of the British International Studies Association
Teaching programmes and strengths
The Department's undergraduate programmes provide a comprehensive grounding in core theoretical and empirical aspects of International Politics, and further provides students with an opportunity to focus their studies in years two and three, choosing from a wide range of elective modules that reflect the research interests of the academic staff.
The degrees deliver a high quality, challenging education in International Politics, exploring policy-making on contemporary issues at the global and national levels through a curriculum that responds to rapid political change in the contemporary world. The programmes offered by the Department enable students to develop their analytical capacities and the ability to examine and critically assess complex issues and debates.
The Masters level programmes provide students with the opportunity to examine in an interdisciplinary manner the complexities of (global) economic, social and political transformations that continue to reshape power, and the effects these shifts are having on the policy-making process, providing new challenges to enduring problems (such as poverty, the global political economy, terrorism, conflict, human rights, development, environment, etc.).
The programmes allow students to develop the analytical capacities to examine the complex and changing structure of relationships among a range of actors involved in global policy-making, from governments to intergovernmental organisations, civil society, social movements and private actors.
Research students in the Department
The Department has a thriving community of research students engaged in doctoral research on topics ranging from security sector reforms in South Asia, fracking in Europe, the politics of Israel, urbanisation and refugee policy, and complementary currencies.
International Politics at City by numbers
The Department of International Politics currently houses 285 students from 62 countries on our undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. We are ranked 8th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2013 (out of 76 institutions).