International Politics is about how we tackle global challenges. World politics stands at a fascinating but difficult historical juncture, one that as political beings, we all need to understand, explain and, in part shape. You will be taught in the world’s first department of international politics. It was founded in 1919 after the end of World War I in order to better understand the causes of war, and promote a more peaceful world. With the relative decline of the ‘West’, the emergence of new powers and actors, and the increasingly complex and intertwined nature of local, national, regional, international and global problems, ‘international politics’ is entering a new era. The degree in International Politics (with integrated year in industry) offers students the opportunity to combine the study of international politics with a paid or voluntary work placement in an industry or with an organisation that is relevant to this degree. *What will I learn? * In your first year you will have the opportunity to explore: - A range of perspectives and approaches to the study of international politics; - The development and progress of key ideas and concepts in international relations; - The key political challenges in the 21st century; - Different perspectives on war, peace and revolution since 1789; - Key issues in the fields of war, strategy and intelligence. In your second and fourth years you will have the opportunity to study issues such as: - Theories, approaches and perspectives in international relations; - A range of challenges facing the international system, such as globalisation, war, international terrorism, climate change, inequality, nuclear proliferation, global health epidemics, refugee and migrant crises, and secession; - A variety of regional and national politics including Latin American, Russia, Europe and the EU, the BRICS, the Middle East, the UK; International history in the twentieth century; - The history and development of political ideas and ideologies; - The range of security challenges facing domestic and international actors; - A compulsory dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area. Your third year will be spent on a work experience placement of which you will source and organise with the assistance of our departmental staff and the University's careers team. **How will I be taught?** - We deliver this degree through the medium of lectures and seminars, as well as workshops, simulations and role-plays. - We assess our students through essays, policy reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations. - We will also assign you a personal tutor throughout your time as an undergraduate student. This person can help you with any questions or problems, whether these are academic-related or personal issues.