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BAInternational Relations and Politics

Tuition fee £9,000 per year
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This course covers Central, Southern and Eastern Europe, the EU, Asia (South), Africa and the Americas. Topics include international relations, governance and public policy, political theory and comparative politics.

First-year modules include: Introduction to Political Analysis; An Introduction to the History of Western Political Thought; The Politics of Globalisation; Comparing Modern Polities and Introduction to Security Studies.

You can apply to spend your second year at a university in Europe, the USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore or Canada.

In the third year, you’ll research and write a 12,000-word dissertation. You might choose a Work-Based Dissertation, which means you collaborate on a research project with an external partner – like a government department or an NGO – and write about that.

Also available as a four-year course with a year on work placement. Ask the department for details.

Programme structure

First year

Core modules:

An Introduction to the History of Western Political Thought
Comparing Modern Polities
Introduction to Political Analysis
Introduction to Security Studies
The Politics of Globalisation
State of Sheffield – Global perspectives on local issues

Optional modules:

Consensus, Crisis and Coalition: Introduction to British Politics

Second year

Core modules:

International Relations Theory
Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis

Optional modules:

Career Management Skills
Career Management Skills
Comparative Politics: Citizens, States, Power, and Protest
Contemporary Security Challenges
Contemporary US Foreign Policy
Modern Political Thought
Never Mind the Ballots! State and Society in the UK Today
The Global Political Economy
The New Politics of Latin America
The Politics and Government of the European Union

Third year

Core modules:

Explaining Politics

Optional modules:

Dissertation (Work Related)
Dissertation in Political Analysis
Dissertation in Politics
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony: Project
Cuba in the Post-Bipolar World
Cuba in the Post-Bipolar World Project
Elections and Voting
Gender in the Global Political Economy
Gender in the Global Political Economy Project
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Parliamentary Studies Project
Party Politics: Competition, Strategies & Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-building and International Intervention
Politics and the Quality of Life
Politics and the Quality of Life Project
Reading Politics
State Failure
Terrorism, Violence and the State
Terrorism, Violence and the State Project
The Ethics of Political Leadership
The Ethics of Political Leadership Project
The Political Economy of Africa
The Political Economy of Africa Project
The Politics of Asylum
War, Peace and Justice

Career opportunities

Our graduates work for the civil service, political parties and large international NGOs. They also go into social science research and political journalism. Some use their well-developed interpersonal skills in other areas, such as teaching and PR. A lot of our graduates progress to masters courses in various areas of politics and international relations.

You can spend part of your course working with a government department, a private company or an international charity.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Oct 1, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States