The course provide a rigorous and wide-ranging study of international relations, combined with a significant grounding in applied computing. It covers international relations theory, the history of the international system, foreign policy analysis, international organisations, war and conflict, and area studies (specific countries and regions). Computing and communications technologies lie at the heart of modern society. They include hardware, software, networks, tools, telecommunications equipment and required standards that provide the technological framework on which the delivery of information services is based.The minor programme includes fundamental concepts and principles in the first year of study and various applications of IT and computing systems in the second year. Students will develop important skills of value to employers: the ability to analyse concepts, write well, assess published work, communicate (including making oral presentations), determine the validity of opposing points of view, and undertake independent research.