If you want to understand the impact of the Arab Spring or the ideology of ISIS, how US foreign policy is shaped by domestic politics, how international trade affects various parts of the world, how different cultures shape political decision making, or how international NGOs operate, this is the degree for you. From turmoil in the Middle East to the refugee crisis in Europe, from the economic rise of China to the decline of US dominance, from global fears about security and climate change to new opportunities and risks presented by borderless communication, we live in a constantly changing world. BA International Relations enables you to understand these dynamics at a deeper level and develop the knowledge and skills to address the global challenges of the twenty-first century. During the degree you’ll explore the institutions, conflicts and dynamics that shape our contemporary world. You‘ll study the theory of international relations, global governance, international political economy, foreign policy and diplomacy. This is complemented by specialist area-focused modules on the Middle East, Africa, China and East Asia, which investigate how international relations play out in different places. You can also enhance your knowledge in your personal areas of interest, with optional modules as diverse as security, development and human rights, foreign policy, conflict and genocide. This theoretical learning is complemented by the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to an optional work placement in the international relations sector. This will give you valuable experience that will set you apart as you embark on your career in areas such as government, international institutions, policy thinktanks, development agencies and NGOs.