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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA International Relations

Programme code:BA-INT/RUCAS code:L254
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Professor Jason Ralph Contact address:J.G.Ralph@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

A,A,B at A level or equivalent UCAS tarriff points

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Politics and International Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Politics and International Studies

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Politics and International Relations

Programme specification:

The BA in International Relations in the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) is a successful and established degree programme that has been running for many years. The course is taught by a dedicated team of experts in the field of international relations who use their highly specialised and general knowledge of the international system to provide a thorough grounding in the one of the most important areas of political life.

The core elements of the programme are designed to introduce students to the workings and nature of the international system. In addition to these core parts of the programme, students are also invited and required to study a wider range of topics and courses. Thus the degree programme combines overall views with specific analyses of various issues, problems and topics.

You will explore the political dynamics that influence interstate cooperation, and assess the specific role that international organisations, such as the United Nations, play in promoting international peace and security. You also have the option to study terrorism and insurgency, security studies, foreign policy, international political economy and politics in the Middle East. Furthermore, BA International Relations students, as members of POLIS, are invited to undertake study in the wider set of courses offered in the School, including courses in Development Studies, European Politics, Political Theory and British Politics. In the third and final year students undertake a dissertation on an in-depth and specialised topic with advice from tutors.

Courses are taught using a mixture of lectures and seminars and there is also the opportunity to engage in web-based learning. All students are allocated personal tutors and staff are available during the week for more personalised consultation. POLIS is a friendly and supportive place to engage in the in-depth study of international relations today.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

You are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED1110Comparative Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1511International Politics20 creditsSemester 1
PIED1551Power and Conflict - an Introduction20 creditsSemester 1
PIED1601Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

You are required to choose at least 20 and up to 40 credits of optional modules from the following list:

PIED1100British Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED1212Making of the Modern World20 creditsSemester 2

You may choose to take the following optional module OR a further 20 credits Discovery module

PIED1806Contemporary Africas: Politics, Society and the Environment20 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

You may choose up to 20 credits of discovery modules. Please check to see that you have the necessary prerequisities before you enrol.

Your total credits for the year should be 120


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

You are required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2558Security Studies20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2721Approaches to Analysis20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

You must choose at least 40 and up to 60 credits of optional modules from the following list:

FOSS2001State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic20 creditsSemester 2, Semester 1
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1

You may choose 0- 20 credits of modules from the following list.

PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2220North-South Linkages20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 2
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 1
PIED2711Analysing Data in Politics, Development and International Relations20 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

You may choose up to 20 credits of discovery modules. Please check to see that you have the necessary prerequisities before you enrol.

Your total credits for the year should be 120.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

You are required to study the following compulsory dissertation module:

PIED3750Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

You must take a minimum of 60 credits of optional modules from both lists combined.

LIST A: You must choose choose at least 40 and up to 80 credits of optional modules from the following list:

FOSS3001State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
PIED3158British Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3325Europe in the World20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3408Nuclear Weapons and Global Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3504Critically Analysing The Responsibility to Protect20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3565Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3608Philosophy of Human Rights20 creditsSemester 1

You must take a minimum of 60 credits of optional modules from both lists combined.

LIST B: You may choose to take up to 40 credits of optional modules from the following list.

FOSS3001State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic20 creditsSemester 1, Semester 2
PIED3160Prime Ministers and British Politics20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3171The Politics of national identity in the UK20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3202Land, Fuel and Agriculture20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3310Britain and the EU20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3611Radical Political Ideas20 creditsSemester 2
PIED3617Reimagining Politics: Gender, Race, and Popular Culture20 creditsSemester 1
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 creditsSemester 1

You must take a minimum of 60 credits of optional modules from both lists combined. Please speak to your Programme Leader if you need advice about study choices.

Discovery modules:

You may choose up to 20 credits of discovery modules. Please check to see that you have the necessary prerequisities before you enrol.

Your total credits for the year should be 120.

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