BA

Law with International Politics

Key Facts

Code M1LF
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB

  • Course Length

    3 Years

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In choosing to study this Law with International Politics degree, you'll discover a challenging and stimulating degree; elements of this degree are recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority - a direct route to the legal profession. This twenty-first century Law with International Politics degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects and will deliver the skills and competences demanded in the many career options available to you upon its successful completion. Additionally you combine your legal training with the core elements of a International Politics degree. You'll emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.

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

Aberystwyth Law School: 82% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

100% of undergraduates who graduated from the Aberystwyth Law School in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

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)

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

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

Aberystwyth Law School 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.

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

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
30 points overall

European Baccalaureate:
70-75% overall

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