BA International Politics / Spanish

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

In choosing to study for a degree in International Politics and Spanish 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 Spanish (LRF4) 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 European Languages, Spanish, 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)
Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Spanish (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 Modern Languages: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Department of Modern Languages who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

This BA International Politics and Spanish programme enables you to develop a sophisticated understanding of the key issues in world politics whilst consolidating your study of Spanish language and culture.

This course has a joint honours structure, which enables you to take half your modules in International Politics and half in Spanish. This is a four-year course, involving spending a year abroad in Spain or a Spanish-speaking country.

In your first year, you will study Spanish language (beginner or advanced) alongside modules in Spanish, Hispanic and European culture, literature and film. You will also be introduced to the core issues in International Politics, with modules on European politics, world politics and war, and political philosophy. In Year 2, you will continue your study of Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Your third year will be spent abroad in Spain or another Spanish-speaking country. During your second and final year, you will have the opportunity to choose from a range of International Politics modules, including International Peacekeeping; Theories of Multiculturalism; and US and UK Special Relations.

This BA in International Politics and Spanish gives you fantastic training in the core issues of world government and politics. You will get a unique insight into the central questions facing world leaders and politicians.

The BA International Politics and Spanish programme is hosted by the Department of International Politics in conjunction with the Department of European Languages. The Department of European Languages is a dynamic environment, producing cutting-edge research, whilst emphasising the practical study of spoken and written language. The department has excellent facilities, including state-of-the-art language laboratories, and a wide array of foreign-language publications available. It also has an active student society.

The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

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 Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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.

Year 1 Options SPANISH ADVANCED: you must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language Advanced SP19900

Semester 2

Spanish Language Advanced SP19930

Year 1 Options All students MUST take the Department's core module Exploring the International 1 and 2 (40 credits over both semesters)

Semester 1

Cyflwyniad I Wleidyddiaeth Ryngwladol 1 GW12420

Exploring The International 1 IP12420

Semester 2

Cyflwyniad I Wleidyddiaeth Ryngwladol 2 GW12520

Exploring The International 2 IP12520

Year 1 Options SPANISH BEGINNERS: you must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language (beginners) SP10700

Semester 2

Spanish Language (beginners) SP10740

Year 1 Options Part One students may take the following optional modules

Semester 1

Behind The Headlines IP12620

The Making Of The Modern World: International History Since 1789 IP12820

Understanding The Social World SA10120

Semester 2

War, Strategy And Intelligence IP10320

Approaching The Political IP10820

Year 1 Options SPANISH ADVANCED: you must take SP10610 and must also choose an additional 20 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:

Semester 1

Introduction To European Film EL10500

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10800

Hispanic Civilization SP10610

Semester 2

Introduction To European Film EL10520

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10820

Hanes A Diwylliant Ewropeaidd IE10420

Year 1 Options Student wishing to study modules through the medium of Welsh can take the following:

Semester 1

Cefn Gwlad A'r Ddinas DA10210

Y Tu ôl I'r Penawdau GW12620

Creu'r Byd Modern: Hanes Ryngwladol Ers 1789 GW12820

Concwest, Uno A Hunaniaeth Yng Nghymru 1250-1800 HC11120

Cymru A'r Byd: Cysylltiadau A Dylanwadau 1860 - 2000 HC11520

Semester 2

Pobl A Lle DA10110

Newid Hinsawdd DA10810

Rhyfel Strategaeth A Chuddwybodaeth GW10320

Defnyddio Syniadau Gwleidyddol GW11220

Argyfwng, Gwrthryfel A Ffydd Yn Ewrop C.1000-1540 HA10820

Year 1 Options SPANISH BEGINNERS: you must choose 20 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:

Semester 1

Introduction To European Film EL10500

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10800

Semester 2

Introduction To European Film EL10520

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10820

Hanes A Diwylliant Ewropeaidd IE10420

Year 2 Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language SP20100

Semester 2

Spanish Language SP20130

Year 2 Options Student must take the following Degree Scheme Core Module (IP30120 or GW30120) in International Politics before being eligible for graduation.

Semester 2

Theorizing International Relations IP30120

Year 2 Options You must choose 30 credits of the following SP, EL or IC modules but note that you cannot take both EL20500/10 and IC31920 in combination:

Semester 1

Romance Linguistics EL20220

Extended Essay Module EL20500

Language Of Business And Current Affairs 1 SP20310

Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP25020

Semester 2

Extended Essay Module EL20510

Spanish American Cinema SP26120

Cuban Cinema Of The Revolution: Crisis, National Identity And The Critique Of Contemporary Society SP27020

Both Semesters

Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920

Available both years Options Students must take 120 of their 240 credits in Part Two (year 2 & final year) in International Politics dept; and should also take 120 credits in their `home' department (usually 60 credits from each per year) -including core module credits

Semester 1

Y Meddwl Cymreig Mewn Syniadaeth Ryngwladol GQ30920

Rhyfel Diarbed, Heddwch Diarbed GQ33420

Amlddiwylliannedd Mewn Polisi Ac Ymarfer GQ33720

Cymru A Datganoli GW35020

Cudd-wybodaeth A Diogelwch Rhyngwladol GW35620

The Vietnam War IP31920

Nato: The Making And Breaking Of Alliances IP33320

European Politics IP33820

The Ethics Of War In Theory And Practice IP34320

Wales And Devolution IP35020

Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815 - 1918 IP35320

Intelligence And International Security IP35620

The Past And Present Of Us Intelligence IP36020

Warfare In The 20th Century:technology And Strategy IP36520

Contemporary Latin America IP38720

The League Of Nations IQ32420

Capitalism And International Politics IQ32820

Total War, Total Peace IQ33420

Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice IQ33720

Semester 2

Damcaniaethau Gwleidyddiaeth GW32220

Gwleidyddiaeth Ryngwladol A Bydoedd Anorllewinol GW39220

Theorizing International Relations IP30120

War, Politics And Strategy IP30320

Special Forces: Theory And Practice IP31520

The Cold War IP32020

Political Theory IP32220

Eu Simulation IP34020

Ideas And Practice In American Politics IP34420

The Cuban Missile Crisis IP35520

America At War: A Military History Of The United States IP36920

Britain And Ireland In War And Peace Since 1800 IP38820

International Politics And Non-western Worlds IP39220

Global Economic Governance IQ30820

Espionage Studies IQ31320

Global Health And International Politics IQ32020

Gender And Sexuality In Latin America IQ32320

The Diplomacy Of Decline: Britain & World Politics 1851-2001 IQ32620

Aesthetics, Image And Narrative In Global Politics IQ33620

Year 3 Core ( Credits) Your compulsory year Abroad modules for International Politics

Semester 1

Abroad Year Dummy IPS0000

Semester 2

Abroad Year Dummy IPS0060

Year 3 Core (60 Credits) During your Year Abroad your registration will be as follows:

Semester 1

Year Abroad Assessment SPS0000

Semester 2

Year Abroad Assessment SPS0060

Final Year Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

Spanish Language SP30100

Semester 2

Spanish Language SP30130

Final Year Options You must choose 30 credits of the following SP, EL, IC or IE modules but note that you cannot take both EL30500/10 and IC31920 in combination:

Semester 1

Dissertation EL30100

Romance Linguistics EL30320

Extended Essay Module EL30500

Seeing Spain Through Cinema SP35020

Reading Late 19th Century Literature SP35120

Semester 2

Dissertation EL30120

Extended Essay Module EL30510

Patagonia Gyfoes IE30420

Actualidades SP31410

Cuban Cinema Of The Revolution: Crisis, National Identity And The Critique Of Contemporary Society SP37020

Both Semesters

Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920

Available both years Options Students must take 120 of their 240 credits in Part Two (year 2 & final year) in International Politics dept; and should also take 120 credits in their `home' department (usually 60 credits from each per year) -including core module credits

Semester 1

Y Meddwl Cymreig Mewn Syniadaeth Ryngwladol GQ30920

Rhyfel Diarbed, Heddwch Diarbed GQ33420

Amlddiwylliannedd Mewn Polisi Ac Ymarfer GQ33720

Cymru A Datganoli GW35020

Cudd-wybodaeth A Diogelwch Rhyngwladol GW35620

The Vietnam War IP31920

Nato: The Making And Breaking Of Alliances IP33320

European Politics IP33820

The Ethics Of War In Theory And Practice IP34320

Wales And Devolution IP35020

Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815 - 1918 IP35320

Intelligence And International Security IP35620

The Past And Present Of Us Intelligence IP36020

Warfare In The 20th Century:technology And Strategy IP36520

Contemporary Latin America IP38720

The League Of Nations IQ32420

Capitalism And International Politics IQ32820

Total War, Total Peace IQ33420

Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice IQ33720

Semester 2

Damcaniaethau Gwleidyddiaeth GW32220

Gwleidyddiaeth Ryngwladol A Bydoedd Anorllewinol GW39220

Theorizing International Relations IP30120

War, Politics And Strategy IP30320

Special Forces: Theory And Practice IP31520

The Cold War IP32020

Political Theory IP32220

Eu Simulation IP34020

Ideas And Practice In American Politics IP34420

The Cuban Missile Crisis IP35520

America At War: A Military History Of The United States IP36920

Britain And Ireland In War And Peace Since 1800 IP38820

International Politics And Non-western Worlds IP39220

Global Economic Governance IQ30820

Espionage Studies IQ31320

Global Health And International Politics IQ32020

Gender And Sexuality In Latin America IQ32320

The Diplomacy Of Decline: Britain & World Politics 1851-2001 IQ32620

Aesthetics, Image And Narrative In Global Politics IQ33620

Employability

Your joint honours degree opens up a range of potential opportunities for employment. A degree in International Politics and Spanish makes you a strong candidate to work in the civil service (especially in the diplomatic services), as a political researcher, or in public relations. In addition, the knowledge of international affairs that you will have acquired would be useful in broadcast or print journalism.

Your confidence in Spanish language will equip you for potential work in Spain or the emerging markets of Latin America. You will also be in a strong position to gain work as a translator or interpreter, or as a teacher.

Your joint honours degree will train you in gathering and assessing information, in reading and listening skills, in developing your own opinions and in confidently presenting these opinions in spoken form. You will learn to develop intellectual autonomy and an open-minded approach to issues and problems in the workplace. Through your year abroad, you will gain an invaluable insight into another culture, an experience that will serve you well in an increasingly globalised job market.

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 and Assessment

This course will be delivered through a programme of lectures, seminars, and language classes. World-class lecturers will provide comprehensive and engaging presentations to help you understand the complexities of International Politics. You will also receive top-rated teaching to help you explore issues in Spanish, Hispanic and European culture, literature and film.

You will develop this learning in lively and interactive seminars with your peers. Your language learning will involve oral and written presentations to enable you to build your confidence in Spanish language. You will also have access to a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme who will meet with you regularly and handle your queries.

You will develop a range of skills on this joint honours degree. You will acquire detailed knowledge of the major issues in International Politics today. As an Aberystwyth student, you will be exposed to cutting-edge research on international relations, political theory, diplomacy, globalisation and multiculturalism. Our staff are research-leaders and will introduce you to a range of debates in international relations.

You will be assessed through a mixture of essays and written and oral exams. Throughout your study, you will be expected to develop good comprehension and evaluative skills, as well as the ability to construct a reasoned argument.

The lectures, seminars and the Departments' supportive staff will only take you so far in your 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 department and the 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

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