Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Available in clearing

International Relations

Study global issues such as poverty, debt and famine, and how we can address the challenges faced by humanity from an international relations perspective.

International Relations

Course Overview

  • UCAS code


    L250
  • Institution code


    L27
  • Main location


    City Campus
  • Attendance


    Full-Time
  • Duration


    3 Years
  • Start date


    20 Sep 2021

You'll choose a pathway to study*:

  • BA (Hons) International Relations
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Global Development
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Politics
  • BA (Hons) International Relations with Human Rights

As part of your course, you’ll:

  • Gain an international perspective by exploring how nations interact on the global stage
  • Discover what happens during conflict, and the challenges faced by states and world organisations trying to preserve peace and security
  • Engage with the theory of international relations and diplomacy
  • Examine global inequalities, the rise of the superpower nations and what power looks like at a global level
  • Understand how major developments, including the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, globalisation, changing global power relations and the emergence of new terror threats and social movements have shaped the world

*You can apply to study the single honours degree or one of the combined awards listed below. You'll be able to apply direct to UCAS for the combined awards using the UCAS codes provided.

 

BA (Hons) International Relations with Global Development (UCAS code L258)
Explore how global development confronts the ethical dilemmas facing the distribution of power and resources. You’ll examine theories of development, poverty and economic crises and their relevance to the social and political challenges of the 21st century.  

BA (Hons) International Relations with Peace Studies (UCAS code L252)
Understand how international relations have traditionally been conducted and the consequences and limitations of these approaches. You’ll examine key theories of peace, warfare and security and their relevance and practice in the 21st century.  

BA (Hons) International Relations with Politics (UCAS code L254)
Critically explore politics. You’ll examine some of the pressing issues facing us today, such as climate change, human rights, migration and the crisis of capitalism.  

BA (Hons) International Relations with Political Economy (UCAS code L255)
Political Economy is a crucial tool to understand the relationship between history, economics, the international state system and political power.  

BA (Hons) International Relations with Human Rights (UCAS code L253)
Many political, economic, social, and cultural factors impact the successful protection and promotion of human rights around the world. You’ll engage with debates about the universality of human rights and assess the success of human rights as a mechanism for social justice. You’ll explore the work of human rights activists and the political strategies they employ to try and stop human rights violations. 

International perspective
You’ll gain experiences and insight that will enhance your world view and help build your network of international contacts. Studying the roles of international organisations such as the World Bank, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations will give you an understanding of their working processes and limitations. You’ll be encouraged to think critically and develop ideas that might help them to achieve their goals.

High profile speakers
Our annual Politics & International Relations Festival and Peace Lecture have previously attracted guest speakers such as Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition, former Labour MP David Miliband, and Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas.

Research expertise
Our academic team are research-active and are involved in international activism and global development. They include Professor Rachel Julian, who is currently researching local understandings of conflict in Myanmar through culture and stories.

Volunteering 
You’ll also carry out a volunteering placement of your choice, enriching your concept of society and citizenship, and developing your skills for employment.

Why study International Relations at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. 100% of BA (Hons) International Relations (pathway) students were satisfied with their course*
  2. Pathways available, with the option to change direction after Year 1
  3. Fantastic placement opportunities
  4. Guest lectures, including annual festival of Politics and International Relations
  5. Volunteering opportunities

*National Student Survey 2021

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