Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) International Relations and Anthropology

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

1. Develop the intellectual and practical skills of students in the analysis, interpretation and understanding of ethnographic and international relations data and their understanding of anthropological and international theory.
2. Prepare students for employment in a wide range of contexts or for further study and a career where anthropological skills and understandings will be applied.
3. Enable students to engage in life-long learning, study and enquiry and to appreciate the value of education for society.
4. Enable students to understand the importance of International Relations in the contemporary world.
5. Develop students capacities to analyse critically events, ideas, institutions and practices.
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

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.

Comprehensive knowledge of the broad field of social and cultural anthropology.

Understanding of the key contemporary debates in anthropology.

Familiarity with the history of the discipline and the development of theoretical perspectives over time.

Detailed knowledge of a number of specialist areas within the discipline.

Knowledge of a wide range of ethnographic material and the way in which anthropological theory is used to understand this material.

Understanding of the ethical and political issues involved in anthropological research, analysis and writing.

Knowledge of a range of ethnographic research methods and ability to apply these.

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 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 SemesterCoreIntroduction to International Relations (L2008)154
  CoreKey Concepts in Anthropology (L6067)154
  CoreThe Anthropological Imagination (L6001)154
  CoreThe International System Today: Powers and Regions (L2009)154
  CoreThe Rise of the Modern International Order (L2007)154
 Spring SemesterCoreClassical Political Theory & International Relations (L2014N)154
  CoreThe Anthropology of Exchange, Money and Markets (L6070)154
  CoreThe Local and the Global: IR in Practice (L2066)154
  CoreThe Short Twentieth Century and Beyond (L2005)154
  CoreWorlds and Selves (003AN)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreContemporary International Theory (L2015N)155
  CoreEthnographic Research Methods (L6046N)155
  CoreIntroduction to International Political Economy (L2024)155
  CoreReligion and Ritual (L6072)155
  CoreWar in International Politics (L2138)155
 Spring SemesterCorePolitics and Power (L6071)155
  OptionCities and Urban Lives (L6076)155
  Culture and Representation (L6075)155
  Development and the State (L2128)155
  Ethnographic Field Research (002AN)155
  Globalisation and Global Governance (L2025)155
  Security and Insecurity in Global Politics (L2061N)155
  The Politics of Foreign Policy (L2090)155
  Visual Anthropology (L6074)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionAnthropology of Migration (L6080)306
  Anthropology of the Body (L6100)306
  Contemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Current Themes in the Anthropology of Latin America (L6096)306
  Development, Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (L2131SDUA)306
  Empires, Nations, and the Making of Modern Citizenship (012IR)306
  Environmental Anthropology (L6101)306
  Insurgents, Militaries and Militias (014IR)306
  International Relations of the Modern Middle East (L2065A)306
  Marxism and International Relations (M1530A)306
  Men and Masculinities (L6083)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092A)306
  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 Anthropology of Europe (L6098)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
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionAnthropology Thesis (L6078)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAnthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health (L6035)306
  Anthropology of Islam and Muslim Societies (L6091)306
  Capitalism 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
  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
  Human Rights (L2124SD)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092S)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090)306
  Russia and the Former Soviet Union in Global Politics (L2071S)306
  The Anthropology of Africa (L6055)306
  The Anthropology of Food (001AUS)306
  The Arms Trade in International Politics (L7095S)306
  The United States in the World (L2064S)306
  Understanding Contemporary India (L6057)306

Course convenors

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

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David Karp
Senior Lecturer In International Relations
T: +44 (0)1273 873352

About your joint honours course

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