BA

International Politics / Economic and Social History

Key Facts

Code LVF3
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in any subject

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study for a degree in International Politics and Economic and Social History at Aberystwyth University you will be a part of an energetic and lively community in one of the best departments of its kind in the UK, graded ‘’excellent’’ for its quality of teaching. Simply put, the degree in International Politics and Economic and Social History (LVF3) explores who gets what on a global scale, how they get it, and why. You will discuss power and justice as well as conflict and co-operation. International Politics is fundamentally an interdisciplinary subject that draws on several subjects, including Politics, History, Philosophy, Law, Geography, and Sociology making our graduates highly employable.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of International Politics (NSS 2016)

Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of International Politics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of History and Welsh: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of History and Welsh History who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

This joint honours BA International Politics and Economic and Social History is your opportunity to develop an in-depth critical understanding of two complementary disciplines: International Politics and Economic and Social History. You will divide your time between engaging with the key political debates in the global age, and examining your chosen historical topics through social, cultural and economic lenses.

The course begins by providing a comprehensive introduction to modern history through modules like Capitalism and the Making of the Modern World 1850-2025; and Russia since 1900. Alongside this, you will be able to tailor your political study through the selection of optional modules. These may include War, Strategy and Intelligence; Power and Equality in the Third World; and Politics in Europe.

Later on in the course you will be able to choose from a stimulating list of option modules including the Challenge to Christendom; Enterprise: the History of Business since 1850; and Early Modernity in Film.

This world-class course is hosted jointly by our Department of International Politics, which was founded in 1919 to help humanity understand the reasons for war, conflict and suffering, and which is now a major authority on global politics, and the Department of History and Welsh History. Many of the staff in both departments are published in their respective fields and are actively engaged in research. The Department is renowned for its pioneering research and is recognised as number one in the UK for the study of international politics. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of International Politics was placed best in Wales with 76% of publications submitted rated as world leading and internationally excellent.

This fusion of international politics and economics and social history into one course will provide you with impressive subject-expertise and a broad range of skills that will be of great benefit in any political or other professional employment. Your ability to analyse data, construct convincing arguments and justify your decisions will form just one part of a wider collection of transferable skills that will benefit you in the modern workplace.

These increases reflect our investment in innovative and strategic student-focused employability initiatives which encompass all our academic Institutes and which we firmly believe are likely to improve our employability ratings still further.

Our Staff

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

Department of History and Welsh History lecturers are all qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

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.

Theorizing International Relations
Making History
Early Modernity In Europe
The Challenge To Christendom
War & Society In History
Exploring Nineteenth-century Exhibitions
Germans And Nazism Since 1933: Reading Public Opinion Surveys, Diaries And Memoirs
History As Myth-making: The 'myth Of The Blitz'
History In Cartoons: Studying Georgian Satirical Prints
Image Wars In Southeast Asia: Studying 20th Century Propaganda
Investigating Georgian And Victorian Landscapes
Journalism And The Writing Of History
Medieval Chronicles: Historical Writing In The British Isles 540-1300
Seals In Their Context In Medieval England And Wales
An Age Of Empire: Britain And Ireland, 1850-1914
East & West In The Age Of Crusades, C. 1070 - C. 1290
Germany Since 1945
Politics And Society In Twentieth-century Britain
Science, Religion And Magic
The Atlantic World, 1492-1825
Civil War And Revolution In Stuart Wales, 1603-1714
Crime, Riot And Morality In Wales 1750-1850
Culture, Society And The Victorians
Expansion, Intervention And Influence: The United States As A Continental Power
From Black Death To Great Fire: The British Town 1349-1700
The British Isles And The ‘english Revolution’
The Soviet Union And The World, 1917-1991
Trosedd, Terfysg A Moesoldeb Yng Nghymru 1750-1850
War, Famine And Plague: England In The Fourteenth Century
Amlddiwylliannedd Mewn Polisi Ac Ymarfer
Capitalism And International Politics
Contemporary Latin America
European Politics
Intelligence And International Security
Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice
Nato: The Making And Breaking Of Alliances
Rhyfel Diarbed, Heddwch Diarbed
The Ethics Of War In Theory And Practice
The League Of Nations
The Past And Present Of Us Intelligence
The Vietnam War
Total War, Total Peace
Wales And Devolution
Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815 - 1918
Warfare In The 20th Century:technology And Strategy
Aesthetics, Image And Narrative In Global Politics
America At War: A Military History Of The United States
Britain And Ireland In War And Peace Since 1800
Espionage Studies
Eu Simulation
Gender And Sexuality In Latin America
Global Economic Governance
Global Health And International Politics
Ideas And Practice In American Politics
International Politics And Non-western Worlds
Political Theory
Special Forces: Theory And Practice
The Cold War
The Cuban Missile Crisis
The Diplomacy Of Decline: Britain & World Politics 1851-2001
Theorizing International Relations
War, Politics And Strategy

Modules delivered partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Llunio Hanes
Concro'r Byd: Tŵf A Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain A Ffrainc
Gwrando Ar Hanes: Y Mudiad Hawliau Sifil Yn America
Gwrthdaro A Chydfodolaeth: Cymru O’r Normaniaid Hyd Glyndŵr
Oes Yr Ymerodraeth: Prydain Ac Iwerddon, 1850-1914
Rhyfel Algeria 1952-1964
Cudd-wybodaeth A Diogelwch Rhyngwladol
Cymru A Datganoli
Y Meddwl Cymreig Mewn Syniadaeth Ryngwladol
Damcaniaethau Gwleidyddiaeth
Gwleidyddiaeth Ryngwladol A Bydoedd Anorllewinol

Employability

Your joint honours degree will make you a strong candidate for opportunities in international politics and history and wherever these disciplines meet. Your political training will suit you for work as a civil service fast streamer, a government social research officer, a politician's staff worker, public affairs consultant or social researcher. Your historical expertise will help you in a career as an academic librarian, archivist, heritage manager, and museum or gallery conservator.

Throughout your degree you will develop a wealth of core and other skills that can be easily transferred into almost any graduate or professional employment situation. For instance, you will learn to critically appraise historic political decision-making in case studies and apply the lessons in scenarios and papers. This sort of analysis and application of learning will equip you for any job in political, history-related or more generic spheres of employment.

You will have also proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

To help you discover the most appropriate career pathway for you, you will be assigned a dedicated subject-specific careers advisor who will assist you in constructing a Personal Development Plan. This process will encourage you to reflect on your learning and your career aspirations so that every academic option you choose will point you towards your future career.

Teaching & Learning

This course will be delivered through lectures, seminars and lively tutorials. You will also be encouraged to attend as many conferences that the Department of International Politics (and its affiliates) puts on.

As you gain political knowledge, you will develop a valuable collection of study skills. In tackling each module, you will need to learn to assimilate demanding topics quickly and accurately, and you will learn how to analyse and respond to political strategy and debate persuasively in written and oral forms.

You will be assessed through exams, written and oral presentations, group work and an extended dissertation. Depending on your option choices, you may also be assessed via literature searches, book or film reviews, e-portfolios, learning logs or blogs. You will also be required to complete additional assignments throughout each term and to strict deadlines. You will also have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme who will meet with you regularly and handle your queries.

The lectures, seminars and the Departments' supportive staff will only take you so far in your political and historical training. You must assume responsibility for your learning and engage fully with your joint honours degree. You must also take advantage of the many opportunities within the departments and university to develop your academic rigour and professionalism so that, upon graduation, you are perfectly positioned for the next stage of your career.

Student Views

I love the International Politics course, because it's a subject that attracts a wide range of people both from around the UK and internationally, meaning you meet 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 to 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

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in any subject

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30-32 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

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