Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

(BA) International Relations and French

Entry for 2016

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course learning outcomes

An understanding of the core concepts and questions that define the discipline of IR

A familiarity with the key theoretical traditions of IR as an academic discipline

A basic knowledge of the history of modern international relations

An understanding of the significance of the world economy for the nature of the international system

5. Ability to communicate effectively with others and to present material both orally and in writing

6. Ability to deploy a range of communication and information technology skills

7. Ability to present concise and cogently structured arguments, both orally and in writing

8. Ability to carry out critical analysis on complex issues related to the discipline

Achieve at least level C1 (Effective Operational Proficiency) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment in French

Communicate effectively in speech, and with a good level of accuracy in French

Communicate effectively in writing, and with a good level of accuracy, with competent readers of French

Mediate effectively in speech, almost instantaneously and with a satisfactory level of accuracy, between speakers of English and speakers of French.

Mediate effectively in writing, under time constraint and with a satisfactory level of accuracy, between readers of English and readers of French.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the syntax and lexis of French, and of their appropriate registers, notably in the production of written exercises and translations

Demonstrate sound knowledge and critical understanding of the modern and contemporary culture and societies speaking French, gained through the study of written texts and other cultural products in the language

Evaluate critically selected aspects of the literature, culture, history, politics, or society of France and French-speaking countries

Demonstrate awareness and critical appreciation of one or more cultures and societies, other than their own.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreEurope 1900-45 (Q1054)154
  CoreFrench 1A (R1112)154
  CoreIntroduction to International Relations (L2008)154
  CoreThe Rise of the Modern International Order (L2007)154
  OptionFrench For Bilinguals A (R1110)154
 Spring SemesterCoreClassical Political Theory & International Relations (L2014N)154
  CoreFrance 1900-45 (Q1058)154
  CoreFrench 1B (R1113)154
  CoreThe Short Twentieth Century and Beyond (L2005)154
  OptionFrench For Bilinguals B (R1111)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreContemporary International Theory (L2015N)155
  CoreFrench 2A (R1005)155
  CoreIntroduction to International Political Economy (L2024)155
  OptionEurope 1945-date (R9011)155
  Language, Identity and Nation (R9028)155
 Spring SemesterCoreFrance 1945-date (R9012)155
  CoreFrench 2B (R1081)155
  OptionDevelopment and the State (L2128)155
  Globalisation and Global Governance (L2025)155
  Security and Insecurity in Global Politics (L2061N)155
  The Politics of Foreign Policy (L2090)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn & Spring TeachingCoreEurope Mandatory Year Abroad - Modern Languages (YRABROAD3)1205
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
4Autumn SemesterCoreFrench 3A (R1129)156
  OptionComparative European Cinema (R9032)156
  Contemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Empires, Nations, and the Making of Modern Citizenship (012IR)306
  Genres in European Literature (R9033)156
  Insurgents, Militaries and Militias (014IR)306
  International Relations of the Modern Middle East (L2065A)306
  Marxism and International Relations (M1530A)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092A)306
  Modern Languages Project in French (R9036)156
  Peace Processes in Global Order (L2059A)306
  Political Economy of the Environment (L7094A)306
  Religions in Global Politics (L2075A)306
  Sex, Gender and the Global Political Economy (015IR)306
  Sex and Death in Global Politics (L7091A)306
  The Global Politics of Health (004RA)306
  The Politics of International Trade (L2076A)306
  The Politics of Terror (M1014A)306
  The Reign of Rights in Global Politics (L2140)306
  What is War (L2072A)306
  Working and Volunteering with Languages (R9039)156
 Spring SemesterCoreFrench 3B (R1131)156
  OptionCapitalism and Geopolitics (L2062S)306
  Development and Geopolitics in East Asia (L2074S)306
  Dirty Wars? Conflict and Military Intervention (L2056S)306
  Ethics in Global Politics (L7093S)306
  French Special Subject 1 (R1130)156
  French Special Subject 2 (R1132)156
  Genocide in International Relations from Ancient Times to the Present (013IRS)306
  Global Politics of Food (011IRS)306
  Global Resistance: Subjects and Practices (L7090S)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092S)306
  Russia and the Former Soviet Union in Global Politics (L2071S)306
  The Arms Trade in International Politics (L7095S)306
  The United States in the World (L2064S)306

Course convenors

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Matthew Ford
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
T: +44 (0)1273 877212

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

  • To find information about the individual modules that make up your course, go to the school that teaches the module. Each module is assessed by the school that teaches it, so on their website you will find (under “student information”) information about the assessment criteria being used, the referencing style you need to use for your work, contact times for your tutors, information about the student reps scheme and lots of other useful information.
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