International Relations and a Language (with a study abroad year) BA

International Relations

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB
UCAS code:
RL92
Start date:
September 2018

If you want to understand the role of states, international organisations and non-state actors in our global world, and develop your language skills, this is the course for you.

Learn from experts whose research is making a difference to communities across the world – from human rights to the arms trade.

You also get real-world exposure to international relations, from regular events with practitioner speakers.

Choose one language from French, Italian or Spanish and study abroad at one of our partner universities.

Sussex is a truly global community. Even the location enables me to know more about the world.”Lam Hon Sing (Benson)
International Relations BA 

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB

Subjects

A-levels must include your chosen language, at least grade B.

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above of which 30 credits must be at Distinction. 

 

Subjects

The Access to HE Diploma should be in the humanities or social sciences. You will normally also need A-level in your chosen language, at least grade B (or other evidence of A-level standard languages).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

 

Additional requirements

You will need Higher Level in your chosen language, with at least grade 5.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDD

Subjects

In addition to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will also need A-level (or equivalent) in your chosen language, grade B.

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAABB

Subjects

Highers must include your chosen language, with at least grade B. Ideally, you will have the language at Advanced Higher, also grade B.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade B and AA in two A-levels.

Subjects

A-levels must include your chosen language.

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

 

Additional requirements

You will need Higher Level in your chosen language, with at least grade 5.

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of 80%

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential (normally with a final grade of at least 8.0).

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a business related course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 6.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of at least 14/20.

Additional requirements

You will need to achieve a final mark of at least 12/15 in your chosen language.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.8 or better.

Additional requirements

You will need to achieve a final mark of at least 12/15 in your chosen language.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1 H1 H2 H2 H3.

Additional requirements

Subjects will need to include your chosen language at grade H1.

 

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 85/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole- Pass with an overall average of at least 4.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in your chosen language is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Language choice

It is not normally possible for native (or near-native) speakers to study their native language within this degree.

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain a robust grounding in all of International Relations’ core areas and enjoy the flexibility to tailor your studies to suit your interests.
  • Perfect your language skills, and learn to understand social and cultural aspects of the countries in which your chosen languages are spoken.
  • Spend a year studying abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career.

Course information

How will I study?

You learn about the importance of international relations in the modern world and develop your language fluency.

You study international relations topics including:

  • different approaches to international relations study
  • the major events of modern international history
  • the role and purpose of theory and its relevance to international relations issues.

You develop you language skills and practise using our Language Learning Centre. You’ll learn about the cultures and societies of countries where your target language is spoken, and explore aspects of cultural difference.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

How will I study?

You learn how to use the concepts, approaches and methods of international relations. This helps you develop an understanding of the contested nature of the discipline. 

You learn about areas such as contemporary international theory and global political economy, and choose options to suit your interests.

You explore cultural, political, historical, literary and social aspects of countries in and beyond Europe where French, Italian or Spanish are spoken. The first two years of language and cultural studies lay the foundations for your year abroad.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

Our courses are designed to broaden your horizons and give you the skills and experience necessary to have the sort of career that has an impact.

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

Studying abroad is a great way to explore the world, meet new people and have the kind of experience you will never forget. It will also give you an edge when it comes to a career. Employers value graduates who have negotiated their way in the world, experienced different cultures and developed an international perspective.

Your third year is spent abroad, studying at one of our partner universities. Find out where your course could take you.

Please note

Programs with a study abroad year are not eligible for USA federal Direct Loan funds. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How will I study?

In International Relations, you develop a high level of expertise in the specialised areas of your choice and pursue independent research – via a dissertation – under the supervision of a member of faculty. The size and scope of our Department means you have a very wide range of expert options to choose from.

Your language modules introduce you to the vocational skills of translation and interpreting. You also develop and deepen your knowledge of cultural themes in art, literature and film through the study of special subjects.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Options

Fees

UK/EU students:
Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. The University intends to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.

The UK Government has confirmed that if you’re an EU student applying for entry in September 2018, you’ll pay the same fee rate as UK students for the duration of your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. You’ll also continue to have access to student loans and grants. Find out more on the UK Government website

Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
The University aligns fees for Channel Islands and Isle of Man students with fees for UK/EU students. These fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. We intend to set fees at the maximum permitted by the UK Government (subject to continued satisfaction of the Teaching Excellence Framework). For the academic year 2017, fees were £9,250 per year.
International students:
£15,500 per year
Study abroad:
Find out about grants and funding, tuition fees and insurance costs for studying abroad

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Our focus is personal development and social mobility. To help you meet your ambitions to study at Sussex, we deliver one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

Careers

Graduate destinations

91% of Department of International Relations students were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent International Relations graduates and modern language graduates have started jobs as:

  • programme and office assistant, Concern Universal
  • multilingual service desk analyst, Babcock International Group
  • graduate trainee business support officer, Poplar Harca.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Develop communication, language and analytical skills with an International Relations and a Language degree.

These skills, and your study abroad experience, mean you could go into jobs at multinational companies, national and international organisations, or work in translation or interpreting.

You can also work for employers such as:

  • the Civil Service, EU and UK government
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • charities and voluntary organisations.

You also benefit from career events where you can meet employers and find out more about UK and international graduate jobs.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Sussex is a highly reputable institution, and being a graduate boosted my chances of securing the job.”Temitope Mobolaji Odeyemi
First Bank of Nigeria

Europe 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Introduction to International Relations

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module introduces you to the academic study of international relations. The module outlines the specific characteristics of International Relations (IR) as a distinct scholarly discipline, separate from other disciplines such as politics or sociology. The module considers what has defined IR as a discipline and what constitutes its core conceptual and methodological coordinates at the present time. The module approaches these questions through a consideration of the historical development of IR through a series of conceptual and methodological debates. Classically these debates are conceived of as tracing a path from idealism via realism to a pluralist methodological position. Understanding these debates, the circumstances that have given rise to them, and the methods they have generated will give you a good orientation in the disciplinary terrain of IR that will help them in contextualising the ideas they will encounter in the international theory courses in Years 1 and 2.

The Rise of the Modern International Order

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Today we take it for granted that the peoples and governments of the world are linked in a single international system. Yet it was only during 'the long 19th century' that, for the first time in history, a truly 'world' politics began to emerge. This module examines how this came about by reviewing some major events and process of international history in the period from 1789 to 1914.

It begins with the international impact of the French revolution and the industrial revolution, and moves on to the formation of nation-states in Europe and outside. It analyses the role played by Great Britain in organising the Victorian international system, as well as the occupation of the non-European world by European imperialism. Finally, the module reflects upon the combination of factors that caused this 'long 19th century' to end in the carnage of the Great War. At the same time, by looking at some of the major controversies that historians have had about how to understand these events, the module also raises key questions about the nature of historical knowledge itself.

Classical Political Theory & International Relations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module will introduce you to the primary texts of authors such as Hobbes, Kant, Machiavelli, Marx, Mill, Thucydides, Vitoria and others who are commonly cited as precursors of contemporary international thought. It asks what relevance these authors have had for the establishment of International Relations as a discipline, and how far they can be used to analyse contemporary international politics. Finally, the module demonstrates how classical authors can also be read to provide a radical critique of contemporary international thought and practice.

The Short Twentieth Century and Beyond

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

Few periods in history have been more tumultuous than the 20th century, racked almost from start to finish by wars, revolutions and global ideological conflicts. In the same period, however, the international system also developed new mechanisms of stability and international organisation - the League of Nations and the United Nations, the 'Bretton Woods' institutions and, increasingly, European integration. This module reviews some major international events and processes of 'the short 20th century' (1914-1989), focusing on this theme of order and disorder in international history.

French 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

You will consolidate and progress your knowledge of grammar. Improved grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension are achieved through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar.

You will also gain insight into the culture and society of your chosen language.

Italian 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

You will consolidate and progress your knowledge of grammar. Improved grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension are achieved through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. You will also gain insight into the culture and society of your chosen country.

Spanish 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1
You will consolidate and progress your knowledge of grammar. Improved grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension are achieved through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. You will also gain insight into the culture and society of your chosen country.

France 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module develops and extends the ideas and themes introduced in the module History and Culture in the 20th Century. Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in the target language, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which the country whose language you study has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation).

French 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1
You will acquire advanced knowledge of grammar and improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts. You will also study the literature, culture, society and politics of France.

Italian 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will acquire advanced knowledge of grammar and improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts. You will also study the literature, culture, society and politics of Italy.

Italy 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module develops and extends the ideas and themes introduced in the lecture series History and Culture in the 20th Century. Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in Italian, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which the country whose language you study has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation).

Spain and Latin America 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module develops and extends the ideas and themes introduced in the lecture series History and Culture in the 20th Century. Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in the target language, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make students aware of the context in which the country whose language you study has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation). The module will allow you to progress towards independent study.

Spanish 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1
You will acquire advanced knowledge of grammar and improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts. You will also study the literature, culture, society and politics of Spain.

Contemporary International Theory

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module examines the role this tradition plays in the development of contemporary international theory (post-1945) and the establishment of orthodoxy. Major approaches and debates in the discipline will be examined and evaluated, and placed in the more general context of what is problematic about developing cumulative knowledge of social relations. Varieties of realism, liberalism and the English school approach will be considered as well as more recent critical engagements coming from Marxism, feminism, constructivism, postmodernism and globalism.

Introduction to International Political Economy

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

The intensity and scope of the relationship between politics and economics has become a central element of international relations. This module offers a distinctive perspective in terms of which traditional issues of international relations - such as war, trade, integration and international society - can be studied. It considers the central theoretical traditions of international political economy: liberalism, realism, Marxism, neo-institutionalism, and critical theory. It then applies these diverse theoretical traditions in an analysis of the evolution of the state system from the 16th to the 20th century, paying particular attention to the relationship between class and state power, on the one hand, and the capitalist world economy, on the other.

War in International Politics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module introduces you to the central role played by war in international politics. What is war? And what is the relationship between war and state-formation in the modern period? What is the constitutive function of war in the international system more broadly? After addressing these fundamental questions the second part of the module examines how war is shaped by other major structures of international relations including political economy, law, ethics and gender. Against this background the third and final part of the module examines a variety of different forms of warfare including conventional war, guerrilla war and insurgency, counter-insurgency, civil war and genocide as a form of warfare.

Europe 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In ths module, which is taught and assessed in English, you'll gain an overview of important historical and cultural developments in the second part of the 20th century, focusing on the period from 1945 to the present day.

You will study pan-European trends, discussing a wide range of historical events and cultural issues such as:

  • the defeat and division of Germany
  • post-war literature and culture in the Cold War
  • philosophical movements like Existentialism and Structuralism
  • decolonisation
  • German reunification and its aftermath
  • the construction and crises of the European Union.

Reference to significant trends or changes in society, politics, economics and technology will be integrated, but movements in the arts and literature will be the main focus of most lectures and seminars.

Various national settings (notably those of France, Germany, Italy and Spain) will be considered and discussed, with a view to establishing a comparative perspective on salient cultural issues in the period.

French 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you build upon the knowledge acquired and the practical skills developed in the preceding language modules.

Your receptive and productive skills will continue to improve as you progress into more advanced syntax and broader lexis and there will be continued emphasis upon handling authentic materials, including texts of many kinds and audio-visual resources in all media.

With a view to preparation for life in the relevant country during your Year Abroad, you will cover practical aspects of studying and working there, as well as salient facets of its culture and society.

The processes of language learning (the consolidation and extension of grammar, the building of vocabulary and the application of knowledge in practical skill-based tasks) will therefore continue to be embedded in authentic modern and contemporary contexts.

In addition to actively participating in class, and to the completion and preparation of informal assignments, you will increasingly take the initiative in your own self-directed study.

Italian 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Your knowledge of syntax will be revised and progressed and active knowledge of lexis increased. Speaking, listening, reading and written skills will be raised to a higher level through the study of authentic texts taken from a variety of media. The study of relevant current affairs will be an important element of the module.

Language, Identity and Nation

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Following a short introduction, the module falls into two parts. The first looks at how we discover the links between Language, Thought and Nation, and try to identify and analyse covert as well as overt associations between these. Who are the guardians and gatekeepers of our 'native' languages, and what are the pressures to have English in England, French in France but Castillian in Spain and Post-Florentine in Italy? Are some languages more equal than others, conferring more status to their users? And why do languages still change despite 'Academies'? The second part looks at instances of how expressions of the relationship between a nation and its language emerge as various literary and other genres (with particular reference to the novel), and how these feed back into the collective identity (with particular reference to representations in the cinema of various countries).

Spanish 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Your knowledge of syntax will be revised and progressed and active knowledge of lexis increased. Speaking, listening, reading and written skills will be raised to a higher level through the study of authentic texts taken from a variety of media. The study of relevant current affairs will be an important element of the module.

Development and the State

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is concerned with the role of the state in development. It considers this subject matter theoretically (that is by exploring debates in state theory, and on the relationship between the state and development), empirically (by investigating a range of historical and contemporary state forms, and the impacts of these state forms on processes of development) and normatively (by posing questions about what the nature and role of the state should ideally be).

The module examines the main theoretical approaches to the state and historical state forms and their attendant development experiences, in the North and in the post-colonial South. Finally, the module moves to Development since the 1980s, exploring the impacts of state failure, neo-liberalism, democratisation and global governance on state forms and patterns of development.

France 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

In this module, which is taught and assessed in French, you'll gain insights into significant historical and cultural developments in the second part of the 20th century in France, possibly with some reference also to the first decade of the 21st century.

The precise socio-political themes, artistic movements or cultural artefacts selected for study may vary from year to year, according to the faculty delivering the tuition.

However, these will typically include aspects of social, political and cultural change in the period, and the roles of selected leading public figures such as Presidents De Gaulle and Mitterrand.

Aspects of cultural life will include literature (e.g. works by Vian, Barthes, Sagan), and developments in the cinema and/or theatre and/or the graphic novel or "bande dessinee".

The objective is to convey a flavour of the period and to plant seeds of interest for possible self-directed study in later stages of the course, notably in the Year Abroad or final year dissertations.

French 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
Your knowledge of syntax and lexis will continue to be enhanced alongside the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Practical aspects of living, studying and working abroad will be covered, including history, geography, politics, society, culture and literature.

Globalisation and Global Governance

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This course complements Introduction to International Political Economy by applying a holistic, political and economic approach to an analysis of the changing character of the contemporary world. It examines the emergence and subsequent decline of the multilateral system and the rise of globalisation, especially the nature of global institutions such as the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the G8 meetings. We also cover the rise of a global offshore financial system and delve deeper into the changing nature of state, firm and society in the age of globalisation. The course examines the changing character of the development project, from decolonialisation and the decline of the formal empires to the emergence of the third world and the contemporary debates concerning the nature of development, economic growth, human welfare and the environment.

Assessed by a 3,000-word essay.

Italian 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
Your knowledge of syntax and lexis will continue to be enhanced alongside the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Practical aspects of living, studying and working abroad will be covered, including history, geography, politics, society, culture and literature.

Italy 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in Italian, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which Italy has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation). The module will allow you to progress towards independent study.

Security and Insecurity in Global Politics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Security is central to the issue agenda of international relations. Traditionally security has been understood to comprise the question of the protection of sovereign territory through armed force. Security has thus examined issues such as arms races, war and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Traditionally these issues were addressed through a realist lens that regarded the state and its survival as the central conceptual maxims. However, contemporary scholarship concerning security has broadened this agenda considerably. New sources of insecurity have emerged outside the traditional state form, as can be seen in the rise of issues such as terrorism as well as wider 'complex emergencies' on the international security agenda. Moreover, the conceptual lenses for examining these questions of (in)security have also multiplied, giving rise to new referent objects of security and a wider security agenda encompassing issues such as identity, genocide, and the environment. This module introduces you to the broad issue agenda that shapes the contemporary study of (in)security. Each week it will focus on a different issue that defines the agenda of International Security.

Assessed by a 3,000-word essay.

Spain and Latin America 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in Spanish, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which Spain has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation). The module will allow you to progress towards independent study.

Spanish 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
Your knowledge of syntax and lexis will continue to be enhanced alongside the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Practical aspects of living, studying and working abroad will be covered, including history, geography, politics, society, culture and literature.

The Politics of Foreign Policy

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Who acts in international relations, and why? All too often, in international relations theory the answer seems to be states, or other collective actors, with their interactions determined by the logic of broad systemic forces. However, this leaves out that actors may have choices and how they arrive at such choices. Foreign policy making is a political process with domestic implications, and concepts such as 'the national interest' are by no means as clear and uncontested as foreign policy elites would like to make out. The module draws on classical and critical literature in foreign policy analysis to explore the broad tension between agency and structure (domestic and international) in international politics. It asks how decision-making in international politics may be less than rational, for a variety of reasons; how lobby groups and (perhaps) public opinion may influence foreign policy; and whether foreign policy still matters in an age of globalisation. The module will conclude with a look at the contemporary foreign policies of selected states.

This module will be assessed by a 3,000-word essay.

French 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

The three hours per week classroom contact throughout this module are devoted, on the one hand, to oral and interpreting work and, on the other, to translation and composition. There is therefore an emphasis upon oral proficiency, both in everyday conversation and in more formal contexts, such as presentations and mediation between speakers of French and English. There is a similar emphasis upon written proficiency, whether writing French 'freely' within the framework of a discursive essay, translating from English into French, or from French into English. Roughly equal contact time is devoted to these three written skills and the same weighting is accorded to each of them in assessments.

Genres in European Literature

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module, which is taught and assessed in English, considers key genres or styles in 20th-century European literature.

These may vary from time to time, but will typically include several of the following:

  • the novel and narrative theory
  • the short story or novella
  • women's writing
  • (auto)biography
  • translation as a genre
  • 'faction' (the blurring of fact and fiction)
  • the detective novel.

Equally, the authors and works selected for study (in English translation) may vary, but will normally include at least one prominent writer in each of French, German, Italian and Spanish. 

Italian 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

The two hours per week classroom contact throughout this 25-week module are devoted, on the one hand, to oral and interpreting work and, on the other, to translation and composition. There is therefore an emphasis upon oral proficiency, both in everyday conversation and in more formal contexts, such as presentations and mediation between speakers of Italian and English. There is a similar emphasis upon written proficiency, whether writing Italian 'freely' within the framework of a discursive essay, translating from English into Italian or, indeed, from Italian into English. Roughly equal contact time is devoted to these three written skills and the same weighting is accorded to each of them in assessments.

Modern Languages Dissertation in French

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module is available as an option both to single honours (two languages) and joint modern linguists.

It provides you with the opportunity to conduct a self-assigned piece of research and to write it up in the target language, as an alternative to working in English in
"Genres" (R9033).

You will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant language, who you will agree the topic of your research and the title of the dissertation.

However, that research will be essentially self-directed under the light-touch guidance of the supervisor, provided initially through shared workshops and, later on, through one-to-one tutorials.

You will be required to produce two excerpts of work in progress, at mutually agreed points in TB1, so that the supervisor can check that you are on the right lines and offer helpful formative feedback.

For illustrative purposes, research topics might include:

  • modern French authors, especially Sartre and the existentialists
  • post-war German literature
  • cinema adaptations of European literary works
  • Golden Age Spanish drama.

Modern Languages Dissertation in Italian

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module is available as an option both to single honours (two languages) and joint modern linguists.

It provides you with the opportunity to conduct a self-assigned piece of research and to write it up in the target language, as an alternative to working in English in
"Genres" (R9033).

You will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant language, who you will agree the topic of your research and the title of the dissertation.

However, that research will be essentially self-directed under the light-touch guidance of the supervisor, provided initially through shared workshops and, later on, through one-to-one tutorials.

You will be required to produce two excerpts of work in progress, at mutually agreed points in TB1, so that the supervisor can check that you are on the right lines and offer helpful formative feedback.

For illustrative purposes, research topics might include:

  • modern French authors, especially Sartre and the existentialists
  • post-war German literature
  • cinema adaptations of European literary works
  • Golden Age Spanish drama.

Modern Languages Dissertation in Spanish

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module is available as an option both to single honours (two languages) and joint modern linguists.

It provides you with the opportunity to conduct a self-assigned piece of research and to write it up in the target language, as an alternative to working in English in
"Genres" (R9033).

You will be allocated a supervisor in the relevant language, who you will agree the topic of your research and the title of the dissertation.

However, that research will be essentially self-directed under the light-touch guidance of the supervisor, provided initially through shared workshops and, later on, through one-to-one tutorials.

You will be required to produce two excerpts of work in progress, at mutually agreed points in TB1, so that the supervisor can check that you are on the right lines and offer helpful formative feedback.

For illustrative purposes, research topics might include:

  • modern French authors, especially Sartre and the existentialists
  • post-war German literature
  • cinema adaptations of European literary works
  • Golden Age Spanish drama. 

Spanish 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

The three hours per week classroom contact throughout this module are devoted, on the one hand, to oral and interpreting work and, on the other, to translation and composition. There is therefore an emphasis upon oral proficiency, both in everyday conversation and in more formal contexts, such as presentations and mediation between speakers of Spanish and English. There is a similar emphasis upon written proficiency, whether writing Spanish 'freely' within the framework of a discursive essay, translating from English into Spanish, or from Spanish into English. Roughly equal contact time is devoted to these three written skills and the same weighting is accorded to each of them in assessments.

French 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

The final year core language modules seek to build upon the learning of the three previous years, refining the your skills in both receptive and productive functions. Informal interactions in the classroom setting will reinforce oral proficiency and lead into more formal discussions and debates. These in turn will underpin written proficiency, whether you are writing freely within the framework of a discursive essay or responding specifically to other stimuli in French, such as texts or audio-visual materials. In particular, you will be introduced to the practical techniques of translating and interpreting, the objective being that you should gain both a useful additional skill and an insight into what it might be like to work as a professional linguist.

French Special Subject 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module, delivered in French to all single-honours and joint-major students studying French as part of their degree, will address some key works by two of the most significant writers in 20th-century French literature, namely Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone deBeauvoir. The texts themselves may vary from year to year, but they will normally include at least one notable exemplar of the theatre, prose fiction, biography and/or autobiography, and the discursive or polemical essay (whether literary, political, philosophical or sociological in theme). A prime focus of analysis will be the manner in which this famous existentialist couple transposed their lived experience – and, to an extent, their own relationship – into a plethora of literary forms.

French Special Subject 2

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This special subject module, which is taught and assessed in French, comprises two complementary parts. The first will trace the history of the cinema in France from its inception in the 1890s to the 'New Wave' of the post-war years, via selected landmarks such as: the heyday of the silent era; the industrialisation of the cinema; the impacts of aesthetic movements (the avant-garde, impressionism and surrealism); the shock of the talkies; the seventh art under German occupation; and the creation of the 'New Wave'. The second part will critique the work of outstanding French directors such as Bunuel, Renoir, Truffaut and Godard, with particular emphasis upon innovation both in thematic preoccupations and cinematic technique.

Italian 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

The final year core language modules seek to build upon the learning of the three previous years, refining your skills in both receptive and productive functions. Informal interactions in the classroom setting will reinforce oral proficiency and lead into more formal discussions and debates. These in turn will underpin written proficiency, whether you are writing freely within the framework of a discursive essay or responding specifically to other stimuli in Italian, such as texts or audio-visual materials. In particular, you will be introduced to the practical techniques of translating and interpreting, the objective being that you should gain both a useful additional skill and an insight into what it might be like to work as a professional linguist.

Italian Special Subject

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module, delivered in Italian to all single-honours and joint-major students studying Italian as part of their degree, will look at women's presence and representation in early modern Italian literature and art. This module will address some distinctive works by Boccaccio, Michelangelo and Vittoria Colonna, and will cover a variety of genres such as prose, poetry, philosophical commentary, letter writing and biography.

Spanish 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

The final year core language modules seek to build upon the learning of the three previous years, refining your skills in both receptive and productive functions. Informal interactions in the classroom setting will reinforce oral proficiency and lead into more formal discussions and debates. These in turn will underpin written proficiency, whether you are writing freely within the framework of a discursive essay, or responding specifically to other stimuli in the TL, such as texts or audio-visual materials. In particular, you will be introduced to the practical techniques of translating and interpreting, the objective being that they should gain both a useful additional skill and an insight into what it might be like to work as a professional linguist.

Spanish Special Subject 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module, delivered in Spanish to all single-honours and joint-major students studying Spanish as part of their degree, will address some key works by some of the most significant novelists in 20th-century Spanish literature. The texts themselves may vary from year to year, but they will normally include a faithful and consistent representation of the Realism genre in the 20th century. A prime focus of analysis will be the manner in which the novel deals with a vast number of Spanish social problems and from different perspectives, in accordance with the literary generations' changing mindsets.

Spanish Special Subject 2

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This special subject module, delivered and assessed in Spanish, is concerned with the rise of the Spanish film industry on the global stage, especially since the advent of democracy in the country. In this period, a number of directors (notably Amenabar and Almodovar), actors and films have become emblematic of Spanish culture and society. This module will explore the role that Spanish cinema has played in the fight for freedom of speech, sexual equality, and coming to terms with a recent brutal past. You will therefore gain a critical perspective on many aspects of the evolution of Spanish culture from the end of the Civil War to the end of the Franco dictatorship and into the era of Spanish democracy. The specific movies, whose themes will be studied within the contexts both of Spanish cinema and of the international film industry, may vary from time to time but will typically include such works as "Mar adentro" (2004), "Volver" (2006) and "Lope" (2010).

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