International relations deals with the most important issues in the modern world – issues such as globalisation, trade, development, integration, terrorism, war and peace, human rights and climate change. It does so in a way that combines theoretical insights with detailed practical analyses.
The aim of this course is to allow you to develop your ability to understand and interpret the modern world. The programme is built around a strong core of international politics, but also draws on other disciplines such as history, economics, sociology and cultural studies. The objective is to encourage our students to engage critically with both the theoretical and practical dimensions of contemporary global politics.
Mode of study: Full or part time
Study pattern: September or January entry
Students must take the core programme module, the theory and analysis of international relations (30 credits), a postgraduate research methods module (15 credits) and a further 75 credits worth of optional modules (a mix of 15 and 30 credit modules will be available), before progressing to a dissertation (60 credits).
Elective modules include:
• International organisation
• UN peacekeeping
• The theory and practice of globalisation
• EU as an international actor
• Conflict resolution
• American foreign relations
• Ideas of empire: culture, politics and society
• Global and economic development
• Gender and development
• Politics and religion
• Britain and the world
• Liverpool, a global port city
Applicants will normally be required to hold a primary degree at first or second class honours level in history, politics, international relations or a relevant discipline (e.g. Social Sciences, Arts, Humanities and Business).
Applications will also be considered from individuals who have appropriate and relevant experience. Applicants may be required to attend for interview. Liverpool Hope University is committed to widening access to higher education.
The Department of Politics, History, Media and Communication at Liverpool Hope has a strong teaching and research reputation. All faculty members are actively engaged in research, publishing and contributing to the development of their discipline.
The department has particular research interests in international relations; UN peacekeeping; European integration; American government, British and Irish politics and history; maritime and colonial history; and twentieth century European ideologies, cultures and identities.
Research is a central part of Liverpool Hope University's academic life and vision. In this context the Department of Politics and History is committed to developing and supporting an active research culture though an ongoing mix of research seminars, locally organised conferences and other events, including field trips and visiting speakers.
Graduates are likely to pursue careers international organisations (UN and associated agencies), NGOs (especially development organisations), international business, community organisations, diplomatic service, armed services, education, political life and the University sector