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French / International Politics

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Key Facts

Code LRF1
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject. B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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International politics today is about understanding and tackling global challenges. As a student on this degree scheme at Aberystwyth University, you will be perfectly placed to gain a deeper understanding of what those challenges are and what opportunities and obstacles shape how we manage them. The French component of this course will enable you to discover language, culture, literature and art whilst at the same time developing your linguistic competencies in the French language. This degree scheme provides an ideal combination of intensive language training whilst at the same time exploring the big questions and concepts of our time- such as power, conflict, security democracy, inequality, ethics, rights, justice, gender, development and political participation.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Graduate Prospects (employment outcomes) for the subject of French (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2018)

94% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

Department of Modern Languages: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Languages  (NSS 2018)

95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 1% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Why study International Politics and French at Aberystwyth University? 

  • There is a wide range of expertise available within the Department of Modern Languages and this is reflected in the module choices we offer. Students could choose modules on linguistics (both modern and historical); dialectical (the study of different forms of French, past and present); literature; the history of ideas and artistic movements; literary representations of Paris, travel literature and current affairs. 
  • All students on this course will spend their third year living independently in a French-speaking country. You could choose to study at University, work as a language assistant or other forms of work placements. 
  • The Department of International Politics offers you the opportunity to explore modules which include Global challenges, Politics in the 21st Century, War, Strategy and Intelligence, Capitalism, Intelligence and International Security to name a few. 
  • As a student in the Department of International Politics, you will study in the world's first department of international politics that was founded after the First World War to help the world understand the world. 
  • During the first year, you will receive a comprehensive introduction to French studies and related research skills, in tutorial form. 
  • You will become a student in a department that scored 93% for student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey (NSS 2017), demonstrating our commitment to provide you with an experience that is memorable and cherished. The Department of International Politics have also scored 95% overall satisfaction for the department (NSS 2018) and ranked a top 10 department in the UK for teaching quality and student experience in the subject area of politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019). 
  • The Department of International Politics provides many opportunities of extra curricular activities during the duration of the course. A highlight of the course for many students is the renowned Crisis Games which is a three day role playing exercise in political, economics and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking team work and problem solving skills. 
  • Modern Language graduates are statistically amongst the most employable graduates. In the 2017 Destination of Leavers for Higher Education report published in 2018 demonstrated that a degree in Modern Languages provides a clear pathway to employment or further study. For our department, 95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating (HESA 2018). In addition, the recent Good University Guide published by the Times and the Sunday Times ranked us as a top 10 department for graduate prospects (employment outcomes), for the subject area of French. Our purposeful teaching ensures that you will have a smooth transition from campus to career. 
  • This degree is available to beginners and advanced students. Beginners will follow an intensive course in the first year. 
Our Staff

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

All of the lecturers in the Department of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active specialists in their chosen field. We also employ highly qualified and experienced language tutors, and native-speakers, who will ensure that your learning is of the highest possible quality and who will provide you with constant support through your years of study.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Exploring the International 1: Central Concepts and Core Skills * IP12420 20
Exploring the International 2: Global Challenges * IP12520 20
French Language (Beginners) FR10740 40
French Language Advanced FR19930 30

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behind the Headlines * IP12620 20
Images of France: The French Family FR12910 10
Introduction to European Film EL10520 20
Introduction to French Studies FR11120 20
Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe EL10820 20
Politics in the 21st Century * IP12920 20
The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789 * IP12820 20
War, Strategy and Intelligence * IP10320 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
French Language FR20130 30
International Relations: Perspectives and Debates * IP20120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A War on the Mind: Propaganda and Secret Intelligence from the Great War to the 21st Century IP28320 20
America at War: A Military History of the United States IP26920 20
Britain And the Islamic World: from 1857 to the Iraq War IQ24020 20
By the People: US Politics. Past and Present IP24420 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ22820 20
Contemporary Debates in the Social Sciences SA20120 20
Contemporary Latin America IP28720 20
Extended Essay Module EL20510 10
Gender and Sexuality in the Americas IQ22320 20
Global Inequality and World Politics IQ24120 20
Humour and Literature FR26120 20
Intelligence and International Security IP25620 20
International Politics and Global Development IP29220 20
Intervention and Statebuilding IQ20220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ21720 20
La France De Toujours FR29920 20
Language of Business 1 FR20310 10
Littérature fantastique, 18e-20e siècles / Fantastic literature, 18th-20th centuries FR27220 20
Multiculturalism in Policy and Practice * IQ23720 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP23320 20
Narrating and Visualising French Colonialism FR28020 20
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20
Political Theory * IP22220 20
Questions of International Politics and Global Development IP26820 20
Religion and Politics in the Middle East IP29720 20
Romance Linguistics EL20220 20
Russia in World Politics: propaganda, strategic narrative and soft power IQ24820 20
Russian intelligence from Lenin to Putin IQ24920 20
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 1 IC21820 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism in the Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP24520 20
The BRICS in World Politics * IQ20320 20
The Dream of Internationalism: The League of Nations and its Legacies IQ22420 20
The Long Shadow of the Second World War IP22720 20
The Making of National Security Policy IP23720 20
Total War, Total Peace * IQ23420 20
Voyage Et Litterature En France 17e-19e / Travel and Literature in France FR27110 10
War, Politics and Strategy IP20320 20
Warfare after Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Y Meddwl Cymreig mewn Syniadaeth Ryngwladol GQ20920 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Abroad Year Credits IPS0060 60
Year Abroad Assessment FRS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
French Language FR30130 30

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A War on the Mind: Propaganda and Secret Intelligence from the Great War to the 21st Century IP38320 20
America At War: a Military History of the United States IP36920 20
Britain And the Islamic World: from 1857 to the Iraq War IQ34020 20
By the People: US Politics. Past and Present IP34420 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ32820 20
Contemporary Latin America IP38720 20
Dissertation EL30120 20
Extended Essay Module EL30510 10
Gender and Sexuality in Latin America IQ32320 20
Global Inequality and World Politics IQ34120 20
Humour and Literature FR36120 20
Intervention and Statebuilding IQ30220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ31720 20
Littérature fantastique, 18e-20e siècles / Fantastic literature, 18th-20th centuries FR37220 20
Multiculturalism in Policy and Practice * IQ33720 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP33320 20
Narrating and Visualising French Colonialism FR38020 20
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ33920 20
Questions of International Politics and Global Development IP36820 20
Religion and Politics in the Middle East IP39720 20
Romance Linguistics EL30320 20
Russia in World Politics: propaganda, strategic narrative and soft power IQ34820 20
Russian Intelligence from Lenin to Putin IQ34920 20
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 2 IC31920 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism in the Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP34520 20
The BRICS in World Politics IQ30320 20
The Dream of Internationalism: The League of Nations and its Legacies IQ32420 20
The Language of Business and Current Affairs FR30310 10
The Long Shadow of the Second World War IP32720 20
The Making of National Security Policy IP33720 20
Total War, Total Peace * IQ33420 20
Voyage Et Litterature En France 17e-19e / Travel and Literature in France FR37110 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Employability is embedded within all courses provided by us. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in French with International Politics will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;

• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills;

• the ability to work independently;

• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;

• self-motivation and self-reliance;

• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement;

• research skills.

What opportunities are there for me whilst studying at University? 

Employability is embedded across our teaching. We teach our students to aim for the career they want, not the job that they can get.

  • The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time, you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.
  • The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:

Oral

Written

Aural

Translation

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 international relations during the twentieth century;
  • The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics;
  • Political theory & key political issues;
  • Explore the range of skills required for French studies, and present at first independent research.
  • Learn about the founding moments of French culture;
  • Discover the language through film, language and identity.
  • Contemporary political problems and how they are portrayed;
  • Key issues in the fields of War, Strategy and Intelligence.

In your third year you will: 

  • Embark on your Year Abroad of studying or work placements through the Erasmus + Programme.

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, international security, the environment, inequality, global health, conflict and post conflict environments;
  • Develop your language competencies further after your year spent in France;
  • Choose from a range of modules ranging from Literature, Film, Culture, Business;
  • Create the crown jewel of your undergraduate years, your Dissertation, based on extensive original research, written in French;
  • A variety of regional and national politics including Latin American, Russia, Europe and the EU, the BRICS, the Middle East, the UK;
  • Be able to choose from content modules on French literature, language, history of art, or cultures of contemporary France.
  • Conduct your independent research, with tutorial supervision;
  • International twentieth century history and Cold War;
  • A compulsory dissertation to demonstrate your substantive knowledge in your chosen subject area.

How will I be taught?

We deliver this degree through the medium of lectures and seminars.

We will assign you a personal tutor who will be with you throughout your degree, this person will help you any problems whether these are academic-related or personal issues.

We assess our students through essays, reports, examinations, book reviews, learning logs and presentations.

We encourage our students to take part in the Crisis Games, which is a yearly residential event away from Aberystwyth. Crisis games have been based on humanitarian crises, the Northern Ireland peace process, Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the US presidential election, environmental disaster in the Arctic, war between Russia and Georgia. The Crisis Games will allow you to learn about aspects of international politics which cannot be taught in lectures and seminars, especially the constraints which political leaders face in responding to various crises. This is no doubt, the highlight of the year. 

Student Views

I love the International Politics course, because it's a subject that attracts a wide range of people from around the UK and internationally, meaning you encounter a wide range of people and opinions. The seminars allow for great discussion and learning, and the lectures themselves are interesting with just as interesting lecturers! Roxy Taylor

The Department of International Politics has provided me with a new-found understanding of the world through modules on issues surrounding concepts of globalisation and the lives of women in the Third World. With experts in so many fields it is great having such an approachable set of tutors. My three years here at Aberystwyth have been educational as well as enjoyable and I would recommend studying here to anyone. Hannah Mitchell

Great lecturers, great building, great people on the course! Matthew David Bold

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject. B in French unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in French at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall with 70% in French unless to be studied as a beginner

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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