Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Politics and International Relations

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

The Politics and IR joint programme aims to:
1. Enable students to understand the importance of International Relations and Politics in the contemporary world.
2. Ensure that students acquire knowledge and understanding in appropriate areas of theory and analysis' enable students to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of the disciplines and develop an understanding of the contested nature and problematic character of inquiry in the disciplines.
3. Provide students with the opportunity to combine the insights and methods of the two disciplines.
4. Develop students' capacities to critically analyse events, ideas, institutions and practices.
5. Provide students with opportunities to develop their intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills so as to enable them to participate meaningfully in their societies.
6. Provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate.
7. Provide students with a supportive and receptive learning environment.

Course learning outcomes

Identify and describe and illustrate key approaches to the study of politics and understand the contested nature of knowledge and understanding

Identify and understand the key normative ideas and concepts which serve as the foundations of politics

Describe and illustrate the structure and operation of different political systems

Describe and illustrate the key explanatory concepts and theories used in the study of politics

Develop a familiarity with major methods of data collection in politics, and their appropriate uses

Develop a knowledge of British politics and the key concepts and approaches used to explain British politics

Critically evaluate the nature of political change in a political system or with regard to a political issue

Ability to understand and critique political philosophical arguments made by political theorists

An ability to compare different political systems in order to develop a general understanding of the functioning of politics

Plan and carry out a research project relating to a political topic which sustains a line of argument and draws on a body of academic literature

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

An awareness of the major practical, political and moral challenges facing contemporary global society.

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.

Flexibility in utilising a variety of intellectual approaches as required by the multifaceted character of the subject.

An in-depth knowledge and understanding of a specialist area within the discipline.

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

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

Ability to apply a range of skills in the retrieval and use of primary and secondary sources.

Ability to work together with others as well as independently, including to manage time effectively.

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

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

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreBritish Political History (L2010)154
  CoreExplanatory Concepts in Political Science (M1038)154
  CoreIntroduction to International Relations (L2008)154
  CoreThe Rise of the Modern International Order (L2007)154
 Spring SemesterCoreClassical Political Theory & International Relations (L2014N)154
  CoreFoundations of Politics (M1036)154
  CoreResearch Skills and Methods in Political Science (M1045)154
  CoreThe Short Twentieth Century and Beyond (L2005)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreContemporary International Theory (L2015N)155
  CoreEuropean Politics (L2051)155
  CoreIntroduction to International Political Economy (L2024)155
  CoreModern Political Thought (L2031)155
 Spring SemesterOptionCommunicating Politics (L2155)155
  Development and the State (L2128)155
  Globalisation and Global Governance (L2025)155
  Politics of Governance: East Asia (L2094)155
  Politics of Governance: Eastern Europe (L2037)155
  Politics of Governance: France (L2049)155
  Politics of Governance: Germany (L2039)155
  Politics of Governance: India (L2093)155
  Politics of Governance: International Institutions and Issues (L2134)155
  Politics of Governance: The European Union (L2038)155
  Security and Insecurity in Global Politics (L2061N)155
  The Politics of Foreign Policy (L2090)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionContemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Death of Socialism? (L2137)306
  Empires, Nations, and the Making of Modern Citizenship (012IR)306
  Governing Muslims: From Empire to the War on Terror (010IR)306
  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
  Peace Processes in Global Order (L2059A)306
  Political Change: Eastern Europe in Transition (L2017)306
  Political Change: Global Crisis and European Political Economy (L1998)306
  Political Change: New Technologies and Corruption (L1999)306
  Political Change: Political Parties and Party Systems (L2034)306
  Political Change: Politics and International Business (L2001)306
  Political Change: The European Union as a Global Actor (M1541)306
  Political Change: the Evolution of Post War European Integration (M1049)306
  Political Change: the Politics of Brexit (L2055)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
 Spring SemesterOptionCapitalism and Geopolitics (L2062S)306
  Democracy and Inequality (L2099)306
  Development and Geopolitics in East Asia (L2074S)306
  Dirty Wars? Conflict and Military Intervention (L2056S)306
  Ethics in Global Politics (L7093S)306
  Feminism and Women's Political Activism in Britain (L2156)306
  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
  Governing Technology (L2077)306
  Immigration and the Liberal State (L2097)306
  Independent Study/Internship Option (L2021)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092S)306
  Parties and Voters in the UK (M1007)306
  Political Corruption (L2046)306
  Populism and Politics (M1535)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

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Adrian Treacher
Lecturer in International Politics
T: +44 (0)1273 678401 or +44 (0)1273 678578

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.
  • To find general information about joint honours, use the Frequently Asked Questions list
  • For information about the rules and regulations that govern all Sussex students, start with the general student handbook
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And if you have any other questions, contact the convenors for your course; they are here to help you.

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