BA

Law with International Politics

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Key Facts

Code M1LF
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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The BA Law with International Politics degree, here at Aberystwyth University, is both challenging and stimulating.

The Law aspects of the degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects that are recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority - a direct route to the legal profession.

The International Politics aspects of the degree consist of a wide and varied selection of stimulating modules, for you to select from - including Foreign Policy, Cyber Warfare, Global Inequality and more.

Combining your legal training with the core elements of International Politics means you will emerge with a broad knowledge and skill set, with real world applications - enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

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

Department of Law and Criminology: 92% student satisfaction for the subject of Law (NSS 2018

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*)

Overview

This BA in Law with International  Politics course is designed to give you the formal knowledge required for a successful law career in the twenty-first century, whilst also giving you the additional advantage of superb training in global politics. This course has a major/minor structure, meaning you will spend two-thirds of your time in the Aberystwyth Law School examining the fundamental principles of law, legal reasoning and the legal institution, and one-third of your time in the Department of International Politics studying international political thought and history.

Why study Law with International Politics at Aberystwyth?

The Aberystwyth Law School is the oldest Law School in Wales, founded in 1901, and has an excellent reputation for the quality of its teaching and the expertise of its staff. Your learning is closely linked to the vigorous research activity carried out in the department, providing you with an outstanding, dynamic and up-to-date learning environment. You will benefit from a mature and well-stocked Law library, supplemented by generous electronic resources.

As well as being active in research and publication, our lecturers also participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal, criminological and related fields. Recently, for example, our staff have been involved in the work of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA); the Countryside Commission for Wales; the Youth Justice Board; the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee; the Welsh Assembly Standing Orders Commission; and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Our degrees are qualifying Law degrees for entry to the legal profession. If you wish to qualify as a solicitor you will be eligible to continue vocational training on the Legal Practice Course (LPC) upon graduation, or the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) if you wish to train as a barrister. Aberystwyth has its own Legal Practice Centre within the Law School, so we can offer you the opportunity to complete your solicitor training with us. Successful completion of particular modules will enable you to gain exemption from certain professional examinations.

The School offers a programme of valuable social and professional opportunities, such as trips to law fairs and to the Inns of Court in London. The Mooting Society provides you with the opportunity to develop and test your key advocacy and litigation skills in a fun and competitive environment, by taking part in mock trials. Aberystwyth University regularly competes in national and international mooting competitions, and there is also a Welsh National Mooting Competition for students who wish to moot through the medium of Welsh.

There is a strong international staff and student profile in the Aberystwyth Law School and there are frequent visits by academics and experts from other countries. There are also opportunities for you to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Utrecht (Netherlands) Katowice and Wroclaw (Poland), Brno (Czech Republic) and Helsinki (Finland), all of which offer legal courses in English.

The Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth is the world’s first university department of International Politics, and it remains one of the largest departments of politics and international relations in Europe with over 30 academic staff. Its vibrant and cosmopolitan learning environment welcomes students from all over the world, and provides a lively venue for contemporary and international political debate.

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 69% of publications submitted rated as world leading..

Our lecturers are committed to excellence in both teaching and research, providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment. Research excellence feeds directly into undergraduate teaching, so that you are exposed to the very latest and most innovative ideas in the field even before they have become generally available through publication. We firmly believe that the synergy between research and teaching makes for a thought-provoking education.

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.

The Department also has links with carefully selected universities in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia, offering you an excellent opportunity to expand your academic and social horizons by spending a part of your university experience abroad. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops.

Both departments offer a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Further details may be obtained from the Department.

Our Staff

Department of Law and Criminology lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and 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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behind The Headlines * IP12620 20
Contract Law LC13820 20
Cyfraith Cytundebau CT13820 20
Exploring The International 1: Central Concepts And Core Skills * IP12420 20
Legal And Criminal Justice Systems LC10120 20
Legal Skills And Research LC10420 20
Tort LC11120 20

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
European Law LC20720 20
International Relations: Perspectives And Debates * IP20120 20
Public Law LC20620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A Century Of Conflict: Global Warfare 1918–2018 IQ25920 20
Britain And Ireland: War, Politics And Security From The Act Of Union To The 21st Century IP28820 20
Churchill’s Wars: From The Age Of Empire To The Cold War IQ25820 20
Commercial Law LC26220 20
Contemporary Civil-military Relations: Critical And Comparative Approaches IQ25420 20
Contemporary Us Foreign Policy IQ22220 20
Criminal Justice And The Penal System LC26320 20
Drugs And Crime LC28220 20
Economic Diplomacy And Leadership IQ24320 20
Environmental Law LC27720 20
European Security In 21st Century IP23620 20
Family And Child Law LC26420 20
Global Inequality And World Politics IQ24120 20
Global Politics And The Refugee Regime IQ25520 20
Human Rights LC25220 20
International Law LC26920 20
International Politics And Global Development IP29220 20
Introduction To Civil Law And Comparative Law LC20920 20
Labour Law LC26820 20
Medicine Ethics And The Law LC26720 20
Military History Campaign Study Research Paper IQ25320 20
Nationalism In Theory And Practice * IP29920 20
People And Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20
Political Theory IP22220 20
Principles Of Evidence LC26520 20
Refugee Simulation IQ25620 20
Russian Security In The 21st Century IP21820 20
Spies At War IQ21320 20
Sports Law And Society LC27920 20
Strategy, Intelligence And Security In International Politics IQ25120 20
The Arab-israeli Wars IP21320 20
The Century Of The Superpowers And The Global Cold War IQ25220 20
The Politics And Paradoxes Of International Organisations IQ26020 20
War Crimes IQ25720 20
Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Women And Global Development IP29620 20

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Equity And Trusts LC34920 20
Criminal Law LC30520 20
Cyfraith Troseddol CT30520 20
Land Law LC34820 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A Century Of Conflict: Global Warfare 1918-2018 IQ35920 20
Britain And Ireland: War, Politics And Security From The Act Of Union To The 21st Century IP38820 20
Churchill’s Wars: From The Age Of Empire To The Cold War IQ35820 20
Commercial Law LC36220 20
Contemporary Civil-military Relations: Critical And Comparative Approaches IQ35420 20
Contemporary Us Foreign Policy IQ32220 20
Criminal Justice And The Penal System LC36320 20
Drugs And Crime LC38220 20
Economic Diplomacy And Leadership IQ34320 20
Employability Skills For Professionals LC36620 20
Environmental Law LC37720 20
Family And Child Law LC36420 20
Fear, Cooperation And Trust In World Politics IQ32920 20
Global Inequality And World Politics IQ34120 20
Global Politics And The Refugee Regime IQ35520 20
Human Rights LC35220 20
International Law LC36920 20
Introduction To Civil Law And Comparative Law LC30920 20
Labour Law LC36820 20
Law And Criminology Dissertation LC39020 20
Medicine Ethics And The Law LC36720 20
Nationalism In Theory And Practice * IP39920 20
Political Theory IP32220 20
Principles Of Evidence LC36520 20
Refugee Simulation IQ35620 20
Russian Security In The 21st Century IP31820 20
Spies At War IQ31320 20
Sports Law And Society LC37920 20
The Arab Israeli Wars IP31320 20
The Century Of The Superpowers And The Global Cold War IQ35220 20
The Politics And Paradoxes Of International Organisations IQ36020 20
War Crimes IQ35720 20
Women And Global Development IP39620 20

Core

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

Your major/minor honours degree will be make you a strong candidate for opportunities in law, politics and wherever these two disciplines meet. You will be suited for work as a barrister, barrister's clerk, chartered legal executive (England and Wales), licensed conveyancer or solicitor. Your skills would be especially useful in the Diplomatic Service, local government, the charitable sector or in journalism as a political or legal specialist.

You will also be a strong candidate for work as a public affairs consultant (lobbyist), politician's assistant, government social research officer, social researcher or civil service fast streamer.

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 and legal 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, legal 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. A major feature of this course is the excellent written and oratory skills that you will develop.

Teaching & Learning

This BA in International Politics is an innovative course designed to help you develop a comprehensive understanding of global politics. You will analyse key debates and theories regarding politics in the global age, and you will apply your learning to case studies that reflect the urgent nature of regional and global policy-making.

The course draws upon a range of different study topics including democracy promotion, global health and pandemics, political Islam, regionalism and state-building in world affairs. You will also study the important subjects of politics in Europe, power and inequality in the Third World, and international political theory today.

This course will be delivered through lectures, seminars and lively tutorials. You will receive comprehensive training in the rules and complexities of law; and you will be able to explore and interrogate this learning in lively and interactive seminars with your peers. You will also be encouraged to attend conferences and special lectures put on by the departments.

As you gain in political and legal expertise, 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. You will also be required to complete additional assignments throughout each term and to strict deadlines. In all these areas you will need self-discipline, academic rigour and an open mind to succeed. To help in this, 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 legal training. You must assume responsibility for your learning and engage fully with your major/minor 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.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Student Views

Law is a challenging subject which stretches me each and every day and that is exactly why I enjoy it! Thanks to both the brilliant staff and the extensive resources available to students, the challenge remains one which I’ve never felt was out of my grasp. Aberystwyth itself is a great town, ideal for a variety of students; it has something to offer for everyone and I know of no better place to make close friends. The town is very relaxed and welcoming and when it is sunny there is no place in the UK I’d rather be. Andrew James Hall

The combination of a brilliant course with a beautiful town is perfect. I have loved studying Law at Aberystwyth over the past 3 years; and although it has been hard work and exhausting it has been both thrilling and challenging. All the lecturers, tutors and staff are fantastically friendly and helpful and care about the department and the way modules are taught. The Law library houses everything you need for your degree so you don’t need to go far. Law attracts so many different personalities and students from different backgrounds and spending 3 years with them is great. The modules for Law offer great choice. William Pryce

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

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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