BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations
Do you want to make sense of the post-truth world, encapsulated by events such as Brexit and the US Election? Are you interested in understanding how global powers interact, both in times of war and peace?
Would you like to know more about international organisations and their capacity to control and shape development around the world? Do you want to learn about political participation and become an active citizen, so that you can contribute to policy-making processes?
If you answer 'Yes' to any of these questions, then our International Relations course is for you.
Global politics has become increasingly turbulent, foundations and systems are being shaken, and relations between nations are being shifted and tested. There is a new demand for experts who are able to understand and work in this new political arena. With our innovative Politics and International Relations course we can equip you with the skills and knowledge to play an active role in this new world.
There has never been a more pressing and fascinating time to study and make a career in international politics.
Degree + Foundation year
in London for student satisfaction
An incredible endorsement from our own students, who rated us top in London and 4th in the United Kingdom for student satisfaction. (Complete University Guide, 2018)
Learn with students from all over the world through our vibrant, international community at UEL, as well as benefit from excellent study abroad opportunities in Brazil, USA, Australia, Sweden and Norway
Study what's happening right now
Brexit, Trump, North Korea, are all topics that change at a blistering pace, and we are right on top of it and provide you with the tools to analyse and critique current affairs, significantly aiding your employability when you graduate.
International Politics (now Politics and International Relations), BA (Hons)
Studying International Politics at UEL has opened many doors for me. While studying, I did internships with London Citizens and Movement for Change. This gave me opportunity to build a network and develop practical skills. I’m currently working as a community organiser for London Citizens.
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What you'll learn
On your International Politics course, you’ll ask questions about who gets what at international level and how decisions are reached when it comes to distributing power, wealth and resources.
You’ll study theory in modules such as Political Philosophy, International Organisation and Global Governance and you’ll see it brought to life in a fascinating modules such as Women, Power and Politics as you investigate how global political change has come about.
You’ll also find modules to develop your particular interests or passions in politics such as War Revolution and Upheaval in Twentieth Century Europe or Islam and Society.
You’ll be taught by experts in their field such as Dr Branislav Radeljic, who has written books on conflict in the European Union, both from the point of view of the former Yugoslavia and the impact of Islam on EU policy.
Is there even going to be an EU in the future? This is an example of the topics our students debate in their third-year seminars.
What you'll study and when
If you don’t meet the entry requirements for a bachelor’s degree, you can study this course as an ‘extended’ four-year programme. You’ll begin with a foundation year, which will prepare you for a successful transition to the degree course a year later.
By the end of the degree you’ll gain the same qualification as those obtaining direct entry to the course but you’ll take one year longer to complete your studies.
Academic Literacy and Research for Social Scientists (Core)
Reading the World as a Social Scientist (Core)
Globalisation and Social Movements (Optional)
Who are you? Reading the body Psychosocially (Optional)
Game Changers in Sociology (Optional)
Crime, Surveillance and Society (Optional)
Making a Social Scientist (Core)
Politics and Public Policy (Core)
International Relations (Core)
Global Political Economy (Core)
Research Methods in Social Sciences (Core)
Depending on which pathway you take, the following modules may be core or optional:
Work Placement (Core)
Depending on your pathway, these modules can either be core or optional:
Politics of Global Powers
Gender, Power and International Politics
Conflict Intervention and Development
Public Relations, Promotion and Media
How you'll be assessed
The year of study is divided into two terms. If you’re a full-time undergraduate you’ll study three modules per term, each of which we assess with two pieces of coursework. Coursework is made up of essays, book reviews, presentations and project work.Course specification Foundation Year Specification
How you'll learn
You’ll be based at our waterside Docklands campus, where we’ll teach you through a combination of lectures and small group seminars. Our emphasis will be on bringing international politics alive.
Your tutors, headed by Dr Timothy Hall, want to ensure that you progress from theory to practice during your three years on the course.
Dr Hall is leading a research programme that aims to create a Living Wage zone in the London Borough of Newham. Our students are helping on this community-based project, which follows a similar project in Westminster in 2012, to which UEL students also contributed.
Our department has developed innovative teaching methods. For example, we teach the third-year Community Organising module as an intensive one-week summer school with a 100-hour field placement within a community organisation.
We’ll encourage you to adopt a critical approach to the subject, to challenge the assumptions about how international politics operates and how it is depicted in the media.
In your third year, you’ll take a dissertation module. This will allow you to study an aspect of international politics that you've found particularly stimulating in greater depth. It will also enable you to develop and shape your own area of expertise.
“We are in the laboratory of east London, says Dr Hall. “Many research projects are focused here, so students will be out in the field when they come here.”
Your future career
You’ll develop a range of skills, knowledge and insights that you can transfer to careers in public bodies such as central and local government, pressure groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or community organisations.
Your tutors place a strong emphasis on role-playing and simulation of real-life situations throughout the course. These will allow you to step into the world of work with confidence.
The variety of roles into which University of East London graduates go into is as wide as it is interesting. You could decide to move into the not-for-profit sector as a community organiser, a case worker or a civic engagement officer.
Or how about becoming a project manager or a campaign organiser? Equally, you’ll have gained the skills necessary to land a job as a communications officer or to specialise in research.
Not only is UEL at the forefront of research, it’s also pioneering new fields of study. Among the many postgraduate courses on offer for those who decide to stay with us is the innovative Refugee Studies MA course – the first of its kind in the country.
Kathryn Perera, chief executive of Movement for Change, can vouch for the rich opportunities available to our undergraduates.
“Studying international relations at UEL offers students the opportunity to access state-of-the-art political training and work with inspiring mentors,” she says.
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