Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) International Relations and Development

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

For students in International Relations
1. To provide a first degree level understanding of the nature and importance of international relations in the contemporary world.
2. To enable students to develop a critical understanding of the major theoretical approaches in the field of International Relations.
3. To develop students' abilities to critically analyse international events, ideas, institutions and practices both in the past and in the present.
4. To provide students with opportunities to develop their intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills so as to enable them to participate meaningfully in their societies.

For students in International Development
1. To equip students with a first degree level understanding of international development that is rooted in the disciplines of anthropology, international relations, geography, economics and history.
2. To gain an understanding of the history of international development, including its origins in colonialism; a knowledge of core theories of development (both orthodox and critical); and an understanding of current development practice and key contemporary issues.
3. To train students in a range of tools and skills with relevance to international development.
4. To provide an intellectual environment that encourages and supports student initiative with respect to engagement in contemporary development issues.

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.

An understanding of theoretical debates in international development and their relevance for contemporary development practice.

An understanding of the historical, economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of development.

A knowledge of practical and research skills in international development and the ability to apply these.

An understanding of key contemporary issues in international development.

The ability to carry out a sustained independent research project in international development.

An understanding of key development concepts.

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 SemesterCoreColonialism and After (L2003)154
  CoreGlobal Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics (L2132)154
  CoreIntroduction to International Relations (L2008)154
  CoreThe Rise of the Modern International Order (L2007)154
 Spring SemesterCoreClassical Political Theory & International Relations (L2014N)154
  CoreGlobal Development Challenges and Innovation (AF002)154
  CoreKey Thinkers in Development (L2145)154
  CoreThe Short Twentieth Century and Beyond (L2005)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreContemporary International Theory (L2015N)155
  CoreIntroduction to International Political Economy (L2024)155
  OptionEconomic Perspectives on Development (L2147)155
  Research Skills for Development (L2133N)155
  Social Change, Culture and Development (L2107N)155
 Spring SemesterOptionDevelopment and the State (L2128)155
  Environmental Perspectives on Development (L2103)155
  Finance for Development (L1082)155
  Gender and Development: Theory, Concepts and Issues (L2104)155
  Globalisation and Global Governance (L2025)155
  Health, Poverty and Inequality (L2102N)155
  International Education and Development (001DS)155
  Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (L2002N)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
  Development, Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (L2131A)306
  Development Tools and Skills (L2146)306
  Development Work Experience (D6001)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DA)306
  Empires, Nations, and the Making of Modern Citizenship (012IR)306
  Environment, Ecology and Development (L2123A)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4DIR)306
  Governing Muslims: From Empire to the War on Terror (010IR)306
  Governing Muslims: From Empire to the War on Terror (010IRDU)306
  Inside Development: the Social Life of Aid (L2152A)306
  Insurgents, Militaries and Militias (014IR)306
  International Relations of the Modern Middle East (L2065A)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085DID)306
  Marxism and International Relations (M1530A)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092ADU)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092A)306
  Migration and Global Development (004IDA)306
  Peace Processes in Global Order (L2059A)306
  Political Economy of the Environment (L7094A)306
  Religion, Migration and Social Transformation (008GRID)306
  Religions in Global Politics (L2075A)306
  Religions in Global Politics (L2075ADUDE)306
  Sex, Gender and the Global Political Economy (015IR)306
  Sex and Death in Global Politics (L7091ADU)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 International Trade (L2076ADU)306
  The Politics of Terror (M1014A)306
  The Reign of Rights in Global Politics (L2140)306
  Urban Futures (006IDA)306
  Water and Development in the Global South (011GID)306
  Wealth, Inequality and Development (003IDA)306
  What is War (L2072A)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionInternational Development Thesis (L2153)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAnthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health (L6035D)306
  Capitalism and Geopolitics (L2062S)306
  Capitalism and Geopolitics (L2062SDU)306
  Critical Perspectives on Conflict and Violence (L2154)306
  Cultures of Colonialism (F8030DID2)306
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2)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 Approaches to Peace (005ID)306
  Global Food Security (005GSID)306
  Global Politics of Food (011IRS)306
  Global Politics of Food (011IRSDU)306
  Global Resistance: Subjects and Practices (L7090S)306
  Horizontal Development(s) (007ID)306
  Human Rights (L2124S)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092S)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090D)306
  Russia and the Former Soviet Union in Global Politics (L2071S)306
  The Arms Trade in International Politics (L7095S)306
  The Political Economy of Latin American Development (L2070SDU)306
  The United States in the World (L2064S)306
  The United States in the World (L2064SDUD)306

Course convenors

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

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Elizabeth Harrison
Professor of Anthropology and International Development
T: +44 (0)1273 877350

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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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