This degree offers a broad understanding of these two complementary subjects, with a special focus on how the local and the global relate to each other.
You’ll study topics such as culture, identity, class, international political theory, and the global political economy.
You’ll learn about how specific actors and institutions emerge, how ideas shape global politics, and how social dynamics affect us all. You’ll explore the organisation of contemporary societies and the structures that define our everyday lives.
- Develop transferable skills in the analysis, interpretation and production of social data, including sought-after data literacy and quantitative skills
- Gain knowledge and expertise for a future career in politics, policy making, the civil service or government
- Become a critical thinker with an in-depth understanding of the complex interplay of local and global forces
- Benefit from our central location in a global city, close to national political institutions and organisations, and with access to a wide range of internship opportunities
- Boost your employability with an optional placement year.
During your three years of study, you will develop a strong understanding of the interplay between social factors and international politics. You’ll focus on how local and global forces combine to shape our economy and society.
Study core modules that introduce competing theories of international politics and explore how power has changed in the 20th and 21st centuries. Develop practical skills in research and social data.
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.
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.
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.
Culture and Society (15 credits)
This core module introduces first year media and sociology students to key arguments about Culture and Society. It provides a solid theoretical framework for understanding issues on cultural production, consumption and representation in the media and other cultural industries.
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. A wide range of contemporary topics are explored, including class, ethnicity, race and racism, crime, sexuality, identity, work, family, sport, education and social change.
Deepen your knowledge of global politics with modules on theory and writing. Further develop your quantitative data analysis expertise.
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.
Contemporary Social Theory (15 credits)
This module focuses on the development of social theory in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Qualitative Methods of Analysing Social Research data (15 credits)
This module will equip you with the skills to employ qualitative methods in your third year dissertation and allows you to deepen your understanding of various methods, how to apply these and their limitations.
Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data (15 credits)
This module develops your understanding of the fundamentals of statistical data analysis. It enables you to apply appropriate statistical methods to data analysis on a relevant topic of your choice and present your results in a meaningful way.
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.
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.
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.
New Media Challenges (15 credits)
A sociological analysis of major spheres shaping and shaped by the development of ICTs and the Internet.
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.
News and Society (15 credits)
This module provides a firm theoretical and empirical foundation for understanding the production of news as well as the social and political affects of news in contemporary society.
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.
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.
Conduct research on a sociological or political topic of your choosing. Tailor your studies to your personal interests with a choice of elective modules linked to our research expertise.
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, 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: LeftWing 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.
Global Migration Process (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.
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.
Political Communication (15 credits)
The course introduces you to the role of political communication in the political process, examining various aspects of government information policy and the relation between government, the media and the public.
Celebrity and Society (15 credits)
The module will provide you with a discussion of the historical roots of celebrity. It will situate the position of celebrities in relation to the socio-economic conditions in society.
Interrogating Consumer Culture (15 credits)
This module explores the question of how consumer culture shapes the character of contemporary life. It examines a variety of ways of comprehending the significance of consumer culture.
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.
As a student on this course you can choose to undertake a work placement for one year between your second and third years. The degree awarded is a BSc (Hons) International Politics and Sociology with Integrated Professional Training.
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Teaching and assessment
We educate through a combination of:
- Lectures and interactive sessions
- Practical workshops
- Small group seminars
- Personal tutorial system.
Lectures provide commentary on and explanation of key content areas. Small group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study.
The staff within our Department of International Politics are research active, enthusiastic and passionate about their work. Often this research and influence leads to policy change and many media appearances. Find out more about International Politics staff.
You can follow our staff’s activity through their Twitter feed: @cityintpolitics
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 2018/19 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 2018/19 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.
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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.
You will be well suited to a wide range of career options, including:
- the Civil Service
- teaching and education
- international organisations
- the corporate sector.
Recent employers include:
- The Conservative Party
- The Department for Business
- ESA Market Research
- The London Borough of Islington.
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