This degree enables you to understand global issues and actors in a time of fast-moving political and social change.
You will engage with important theoretical debates, exploring global political systems and how they are engaged in policy-making on issues like security, migration and social justice.
You will study diplomatic relations between governments, as well as learning how intergovernmental organisations, transnational movements, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and multinationals influence global politics.
- Become a critical thinker with an in-depth understanding of the complex interplay of local and global forces
- Develop your analytical skills to examine and critically assess information
- Enjoy access to a wide range of internship opportunities thanks to our proximity and connections with national political organisations
- Boost your employability with an optional integrated professional training year or study abroad
- Study in a department with a strong international focus, approachable staff and close connections with practitioners in the policy world
- Gain knowledge and expertise for a career in politics, policy making, the civil service or government
- Lay the foundations for postgraduate study or research in international politics.
Over three years, you will develop a coherent and systematic knowledge of the study of international politics. You will be able to draw on research and scholarship to become a reflective practitioner in your chosen field.
Study theories of international politics, global political economy and how power has transformed in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Understand underlying concepts associated with the study of international politics.
Introduction to Political and Economic Data Analysis (15 credits)
This module helps you develop a critical approach to statistical claims and the analysis of quantitative data. The module will be problem based – with different weeks focusing on the analysis of different sets of data.
Studying Politics (15 credits)
This module introduces you to some of the big ideas and fundamental questions that are central to the study of politics, international politics and international political economy and which help us to make sense of the world around us.
Myths and Mysteries in World Politics (15 credits)
This module provides a basic introduction to a range of questions and debates that define contemporary global politics and the study thereof.
International Relations Theories (15 credits)
This module provides you with a focused introduction to a range of theories underpinning the study of global politics. It begins by exploring ‘traditional’ theories and the ongoing debates between them before examining a range of ‘critical’ theories.
Introduction to Political Economy (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to the great tradition of political economy. It begins with classical thinkers, then focuses on the revolutions in economic thought.
The Making of the Modern World Economy (15 credits)
This module provides a theoretically informed overview of how the modern world economy emerged.
Politics and Power in World History (15 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to the dynamics of global politics and power, with a focus on developments in world history.
Emerging Powers in a Changing World (15 credits)
This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to the dynamic and changing character of global power, with a special focus on rising powers and the challenges they face and constitute to “the West”.
Introduction to Politics (15 credits)
Introduction to Politics will give you a broad overview of how politics is contemporarily studied as an academic discipline.
Puzzles in Comparative Politics (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the logic of comparative politics: what is it? What questions can you ask in comparative politics? What does it mean to think comparatively?
Introduction to Political Theory (15 credits)
This module teaches you how to study politics normatively. It covers central ideas in the study of political theory at an introductory level while also considering the distinctive method of study in political theory.
Politics of Britain (15 credits)
This module provides you with an overview of politics in the British modern state, focusing on the key institutions of British politics, political culture and political ideas and ideologies.
Principles of Economics 1: Markets and Prices (15 credits)
It introduces you to the fundamental concepts in economics by focusing on different types of markets and factors influencing the price-setting mechanism.
Principles of Economics 2: Countries & Systems (15 credits)
This module introduces students to the major concepts, topics and debates on aggregative economic systems, including national economies and international economic relations.
History and Theory of Psychology (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to some major historical and theoretical issues in psychology, and place modern psychology in its historical context. You will learn about the philosophical origins of various types of Psychology, as well as be introduced to major figures in the history of Psychology.
Media History and Politics (15 credits)
This module provides you with an introduction to the main themes and issues in media history as well as providing a firm foundation for more specialist media modules in the second year.
Contemporary Issues in Media and Communication (15 credits)
This module provides you with an introduction to the main themes and issues at the heart of media studies as well as providing a firm foundation for more specialist media modules in the 2nd year.
Criminology (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to key issues, perspectives, and debates in criminology, and focuses on ‘structural’ approaches to understanding crime and criminal justice.
Criminal Justice (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to key perspectives, policies and practices in criminal justice.
Exploring London (15 credits)
This core module highlights the centrality of London to the work of the Department of Sociology at City University.
Researching Society: Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
This module introduces you to qualitative research methods in the social sciences and is designed to prepare you with the basic research skills to conduct research in sociology, criminology and media studies.
Classical Social Theory (15 credits)
This module focuses on the development of social theory in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The overall objective of this course is to enhance your ability to think theoretically.
Sociology in Action (15 credits)
The module provides an introduction to some of the main areas of research and debate in contemporary sociology.
Develop skills in scholarly writing, intellectual enquiry and problem solving. Deepen your understanding with advanced theory plus elective modules from a wide selection.
Transnational Social Movements (15 credits)
Provides you with a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of transnational social movements, and to enable you to assess their nature and impact in respect of a wide range of contemporary global political issues.
Advanced Theories of Global Politics (15 credits)
The course covers the latest debates within the rationalist sphere. In addition, the module explores institutionalist approaches and contemporary critical theory.
States and Markets in the Era of Globalization (15 credits)
This module discusses the forces that are currently shaping the world economy, with specific emphasis on the diverging political and social responses to globalisation.
Security Studies: Conceptual Approaches (15 credits)
Provides an overview of the main conceptual approaches to the study of international security, and their contribution to the analysis of a number of contemporary international security threats, challenges and conflicts.
Security Studies: Contemporary and Emerging Issues (15 credits)
This course provides you with the opportunity to critically engage with some of the more pressing international security issues in today’s world and will also explore existing solutions to contemporary international security issues.
Foreign Policy Analysis : Theories and Issues (15 credits)
This module is designed to provide you with a comprehensive review of a variety of issues and problems in the study of foreign policy by engagement with the theoretical and practical dimensions of Foreign Policy Analysis.
Foreign Policy Analysis: Instruments and Practice (15 credits)
This module provides you with a comprehensive review of the dynamics, processes and implications of foreign policy implementation, and gives you the opportunity to assess how foreign policy tools are employed and their impact.
Religion and Politics in the Age of Global Change (15 credits)
This unit, far from being a course on comparative religion or on the sociology of religion, will address the interplay between religion and politics throughout history with a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries.
Comparative Political Economy (15 credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide a survey of the key political economy concepts, issues, and theories that shape democratic and non-democratic systems.
Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics (15 credits)
In this module you will engage with several contemporary debates in the field of comparative politics. Some examples of topics that might be covered in this module include state formation; democracy, authoritarianism, and democratisation.
Politics of the USA (15 credits)
This module provides you with a comprehensive overview of the American political system, focusing on the intersection between the main actors and ideas that shape political outcomes.
Comparative Asian Politics (15 credits)
The module will comparatively examine the historical origins and outcomes of systems of government, strategies of economic development as well as the sources and impact of corruption across Asian states.
Analysing Political and Economic Data in the Real World (15 credits)
This module focuses on the ways in which we can understand major issues in political economy through real world data.
Advanced Principles of Economics: Financial Markets and Corporate Systems (15 credits)
This module continues to analyse key concepts and approaches to economic theory, and focuses on two major areas of international politics economy: the firm/corporation and the financial market.
Political Risk Analysis (15 credits)
The module explores the ways in which political risk is analysed and managed by different political organizations and decision-makers.
Violent Politics: Riots, Civil wars & State repression (15 credits)
The module will raise and address a number of key questions related to the role of political violence in contemporary politics: E.g. Why do individuals take part in violence? Why do different countries face different types of violence?
Political Psychology: Reason & Emotion in Politics (15 credits)
The module will introduce you to the growing field of political psychology. It will explore how insights from psychology can help us understand important political phenomena, such as decision-making, political ideology and voting behaviour.
Theories of International Political Economy (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to the main theories and concepts of international political economy (IPE). It provides in-depth knowledge of the rich intellectual history of IPE as it has developed over time.
Practical Politics (15 credits)
This module aims to place employability into the context of Politics by helping you develop the career readiness and practical skills necessary for careers political graduates commonly go onto.
Fifty Shades of Red – Russia in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)
This module introduces you to political, social, and cultural developments in modern Russian history, and encourages you to consider how the Soviet experiment influenced the history of Russia and the world, and how we should relate to it today.
Ordering the World: International Thought in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)
This module explores the history of ideas of World Order in western internationalist thought during the twentieth century.
The American Century: The United States in the Twentieth Century (15 credits)
This module will help you understand and assess the evolving role of the United States as a world power.
Cultures of Benevolence: Philanthropy and Civil Society from 1601 to the Present (15 credits)
The module will examine the many political, economic and social functions of philanthropy and voluntary action from the early modern period to the present day.
The Making of Modern Japan (15 credits)
This module considers how the politics, economics, society, and culture of Japan developed from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with a particular emphasis on modernisation, diplomacy, conflict, and culture.
India in the Eighteenth Century (15 credits)
This module will examine the period of the great Mughal Empire, and its collapse, reflecting on the nature of the English Company and why it successfully adapted to territorial rule.
New Media Challenges (15 credits)
A sociological analysis of major spheres shaping and shaped by the development of ICTs and the Internet.
Understanding Social Change (15 credits)
Introduces you to a range of debates about the ways in which social change is affecting us today, including the emergence of modernity and how this brought about new forms of social inequality, new identities and new patterns of social conflict.
Contemporary Social Theory (15 credits)
This module focuses on the development of social theory in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Sociology of Race and Racism (15 credits)
This module will allow you to develop an understanding of sociological theories about race and racism and their application to the analysis of specific social phenomena.
Humanitarian Reporting (15 credits)
This is a module which examines how we understand and explain faraway disasters.
Data Journalism (15 credits)
Equips students with the skills to work as data journalists, such as basic research skills, data analysis skills, and data visualisation tools to take a story from conception to online realisation.
Complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice, showcasing your knowledge and expertise. Choose five elective modules to tailor your final year to your personal and professional interests.
Final Year Dissertation Project (45 credits)
The first part of the module aims to guide you through the process of choosing a thesis project and developing a thesis proposal. The second part of the module aims to guide you through the process of finishing a thesis project.
The Global Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits)
The module addresses key themes in international politics (governance, globalisation, security, international (non)cooperation, regionalism and the global political economy).
Advanced Topics in International Political Economy (15 credits)
The module aims to cover a variety of issues and problems in international political economy. Potential topics may include: the offshore world and globalization, theories of money, economic historiography and climate change.
Global Governance (15 credits)
This module examines the mechanisms by which collective problems and global issues are managed at the global level in the absence of global government.
International Politics of the Middle East (15 credits)
Provides a critical understanding of the key dynamics shaping the International Politics of the region since 1918, focusing on processes of state and ideology formation, the foreign policy of key states, conflict, external powers, and the impact of globalization.
American Foreign Policy (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to American power in the world and its foreign policy through a combination of theory, institutions, and case studies.
The Global Political Economy of Development (15 credits)
This module bridges international politics and political economy to demonstrate the role of international organizations in promoting domestic political institutions and social welfare policies needed for promoting development.
Political Change in Europe (15 credits)
The module examines a broad range of social and political developments and changes taking place in contemporary Europe, with a focus on the process of European integration and a range of political actors and institutions involved.
Governance of the Global Economy (15 credits)
You will be introduced to key concepts and analytical perspectives to the study of global economic governance, and critically apply these concepts and theories to the analysis of the governance of key areas of the world economy.
Global Money and Finance (15 credits)
You will address many topics, such as the problems of money and the financial system in the global economy, the origins and different meanings of ‘money’ and the approaches to financial instability and regulation.
Global Ethics: Power and Principle in World Politics (15 credits)
This module seeks to introduce you to the traditions of ethical thought in international politics by looking at pressing issues faced in today’s world, such as state and non-state violence that exceeds territorial boundaries.
The Theory and Practice of Conflict and Peace (15 credits)
This module provides an introduction to how national decision-makers and diplomats have pursued war and peace since the early twentieth century with the aim of applying theory to illuminate key historical cases.
Technology, Money, Power (15 credits)
This module introduces the key concepts, approaches, and debates in this field, and to provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the cultural logics at work in one or more aspect of contemporary capitalism.
Political Economy of Global Inequality (15 credits)
This module explores wealth and income inequality from a historical and global perspective. In particular, the module examines inequality within countries, between countries and among citizens of the world.
Ethnicity and nationalism: Global comparisons (15 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the major theoretical approaches and problems in the study of ethnicity and nationalism.
Geopolitical Macroeconomy (15 credits)
By taking this module you will expand your research skill-set, and learn how to analyse and compare existing policy tools of macroeconomic strategy and planning, fiscal and monetary interventions.
Advanced Political and Economic Data Analysis (15 credits)
This module further develops your understanding of the fundamentals of statistical data analysis.
The Multinational Corporation: Governance, Politics and Ethics (15 credits)
This course will apply your knowledge of economics and politics to the multinational corporation, helping you to understand the real world of the corporation and its social, political, ecological and economic influence.
Sexuality and Gender in World Politics (15 credits)
This module provides tools to analyse how the power dynamics of world politics are closely intertwined with and draw on the dynamics that shape the gendered and sexual hierarchies.
Practical Politics (15 credits)
This module aims to place employability into the context of Politics by helping you develop the career readiness and practical skills necessary for careers political graduates commonly go onto.
Radicals and Reformers: Left-Wing Politics and Activism in Britain and the World since 1945 (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to left-wing politics, political parties and protest movements in Britain since 1945.
Revolution: Rebels and Riots in Modern History (15 credits)
Provides an overview of the history of the major revolutionary moments that occurred between the Atlantic Revolutions and WWI, and examines the history of revolutionary movements.
Comparative Empires in the Modern Era (15 credits)
This module explores the history of modern imperialism, focusing on the development of the European, Japanese, and American empires in the 19th and 20th century.
The Holocaust in History and Memory (15 credits)
This module examines the origins, implementation, and aftermath of the Holocaust as it unfolded across the European continent, paying particular attention to the divergent perspectives of perpetrators and victims.
Disruptive Divas. Riot Grrrls and Bad Sistas: A History of Women in Popular Music (15 credits)
The module will introduce you to concepts of gender history and politics as well as to the historical study of popular culture.
Poverty: What Counts? (15 credits)
Introduces: the conceptualisation of UK poverty, how to understand and critically evaluate the different approaches to the quantitative measurement of UK poverty, the practical measurement of approaches using SPSS, and, social surveys.
Global Migration Processes (15 credits)
This module introduces students to a key sociological and global phenomenon. This module allows students to develop a global and in depth understanding of this issue, and some of the economic, political and social factors that shape it.
International News (15 credits)
This module explores the contemporary international news system, the political and financial forces that shape news content, and examines globalization and the digital revolution, and how these are changing traditional news practices.
Reporting Business (15 credits)
This module provides you with an opportunity to explore the role and practices of finance and business specialist journalists.
You will have the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience and apply your knowledge and skills in the real-world with our selective work placement scheme.
Placements are usually undertaken between the second and third year of your degree.
By choosing to complete a placement, you will graduate with a "BSc in International Politics with Integrated Professional Training".
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Teaching and assessment
We teach through a combination of:
- Interactive sessions
- Practical workshops
- Small group seminars
- All supported by a personal tutorial system.
Lecturing and teaching is supported by a personal tutorial, mentoring and supervision system. We also arrange organised research seminar and policy series with inspiring outside speakers – both professional and academic through our Centre for International Policy Studies.
The department also encourages the initiatives (talks, film screenings, etc.) of City’s Politics Student Society, which is run independently by student volunteers through the Student Union.
In addition, you will undertake extensive reading and independent study. This will enable you to broaden and deepen your understanding of the topics and concepts covered in lectures and to learn how to use the library resources.
You will also have time to prepare for the interactive sessions and practical workshops, where you will be invited to ask questions and participate in in-depth discussions with other students and teaching staff.
The Department of International Politics is a collection of senior and junior of students and academics dedicated to exploring power, global transformations and new challenges in the twenty-first century.
Our expert staff are at the leading edge of contemporary research and debates concerning international diplomacy, finance, civil society, security, religion, migration and many other public policy issues across all continents.
We also engage in theoretical debate on global politics in today’s world. Our knowledge and research expertise are frequently sought after by the media and various international and national institutions where we serve as consultants and advisors.
You can follow our staff’s activity through their Twitter feed: @cityintpolitics
Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and your final year project.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by coursework (assessed essays and assignments) unseen examinations and a final year project will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:
Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time based on 2017/18 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2021/22
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2021/22 entry.
Future finance loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit our finance pages.
This degree will prepare you for a diverse range of postgraduate study options and career possibilities, including:
- the Civil Service
- teaching and education
- international organisations
- the corporate sector.
You will develop analytical and critical thinking skills alongside an expert insight into the global political landscape. This expertise is transferable and highly sought-after in a range of careers.
Recent employers include:
- Blackwood Group
- The London Borough of Islington
- The Department for Business, Innovation Skills
- ESA Market Research
- New Statesman.
How to apply
Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
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You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.
Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.
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You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.
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When to apply
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