BA

Drama and Theatre / International Politics

Key Facts

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  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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Drama & Theatre Studies / International Politics at Aberystwyth University allows you to explore the historic and established forms that has shaped drama, theatre and performance of present and future, alongside a discipline that will assist you in developing a comprehensive understanding of global politics. This course will allow you to encounter a wide range of critical and creative forms and practices whilst at the same time the opportunity to develop your capacity as an independent theatre-maker, thinker and scholar.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 15 in the UK for Teaching Quality for the subject of Drama and Dance (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

95% of students agree staff are good at explaining things in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies. (NSS 2019)

98% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Creative Arts and Design graduates nationally (HESA 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)

91% overall satisfaction for the subject of Politics; 85% for the sector. (NSS 2019)

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

Overview

Why study BA Drama and Theatre Studies / International Politics at Aberystwyth?

  • The department of International Politics is ranked in the top 40 in the world for academic reputation. (QS, 2017).
  • The department of Theatre, Film and Television is vibrant and creative space where drama, theatre, film and media, and scenography and theatre design collide.
  • You will be taught in the world’s first department of international politics, founded in 1919 after the end of World War I to help the world understand the world.
  • You will be taught and mentored by lecturers who are enthusiastic, committed in providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment.
  • All students in the department of International Politics have the opportunity to participate in our renowned ‘Crisis Games’; a three day role playing exercise in political, economic and diplomatic manoeuvre, developing negotiation and communication, critical thinking, team work, and problem-solving skills. 
  • 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 of Theatre, Film & Television studies has superb facilities and resources for practical work: three rehearsal studios, each with flexible technical facilities; 2 large professionally-equipped studios with digital lighting rigs controlled via ETC Congo and Strand Lighting consoles, Yamaha and Soundcraft PAs, Sanyo AV systems and Strand lighting and two NXAMP; and costume and wardrobe facilities.
  • Students also benefit from our close links with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, one of the largest arts centres in Wales, which regularly presents national and international theatre and dance work.
  • The Department also has an International Student Exchange Programme based on close 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.
  • 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.
  • Last, but not least, both departments offer a number of degree schemes and modules taught entirely or partially through the medium of Welsh. Check out our module tab for further information.
Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

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.

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Behind The Headlines * IP12620 20
Exploring The International 1: Central Concepts And Core Skills * IP12420 20
Theatre In Context 1 TP11020 20
Theatre In Context 2 TP11320 20

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Globalization And Global Development * IP12520 20
Politics In The 21st Century * IP12920 20
Site-specific Performance Project TP11420 20
Studio Theatre Project TP11120 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

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
International Relations: Perspectives And Debates * IP20120 20

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
Acting For Camera TP25920 20
Acting: Process And Performance TP21220 20
America At War: A Military History Of The United States IP26920 20
Amlddiwylliannedd Mewn Polisi Ac Ymarfer GQ23720 20
Britain And The Islamic World: From 1857 To The Iraq War IQ24020 20
Contemporary Latin America IP28720 20
Contemporary Theatre In Wales TP26220 20
Devised Performance Project TP21620 20
Directors' Theatre: Staging Modern Drama TP21820 20
Global Economic Governance IQ20820 20
International Politics And Global Development IP29220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ21720 20
Knowing About Violent Conflict In International Politics IQ24420 20
Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice IQ23720 20
New Media Performance TP23820 20
People And Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20
Pobl A Grym: Deall Gwleidyddiaeth Gymharol Heddiw GQ23920 20
Questions Of International Politics And Global Development IP26820 20
Russian Intelligence From Lenin To Putin IQ24920 20
Shakespeare In Performance TP23220 20
Strategy, Intelligence And Security In International Politics IQ25120 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism In The Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP24520 20
The British Army’s Image In Battle, From The Crimea To The Present IQ20920 20
The Dream Of Internationalism: The League Of Nations And Its Legacies IQ22420 20
The Eu: Politics, Policies, Problems IP23820 20
The Long Shadow Of The Second World War IP22720 20
The Making Of National Security Policy IP23720 20
The Middle East In The 20th Century IP24920 20
The Past And Present Us Intelligence IP26020 20
The Second World War In Europe IP26420 20
Theatre And Contemporary Society TP20420 20
Theatre Design Project TP22620 20
Theatre Production Project TP24940 40
Trade Wars And The Liberal Order IQ21620 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

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
Contemporary British And Irish Drama TP30820 20
Contemporary Latin America IP38720 20
Contemporary Theatre In Wales TP36220 20
Ensemble Performance Project TP35520 20
Global Economic Governance IQ30820 20
Independent Research Project TP36040 40
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ31720 20
Knowing About Violent Conflict In International Politics IQ34420 20
Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice * IQ33720 20
Musical Theatre Dramaturgies TP39020 20
Performance And Architecture TP33420 20
Place, Space And Landscape TP32820 20
Playwriting TP34640 40
Questions Of International Politics And Global Development IP36820 20
Russian Intelligence From Lenin To Putin IQ34920 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism In The Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP34520 20
The British Army’s Image In Battle, From The Crimean To The Present IQ30920 20
The Dream Of Internationalism: The League Of Nations And Its Legacies IQ32420 20
The European Union: Politics, Policies, Problems IP33820 20
The Long Shadow Of The Second World War IP32720 20
The Making Of National Security Policy IP33720 20
The Middle East In The Twentieth Century IP34920 20
The Past And Present Of Us Intelligence IP36020 20
The Second World War In Europe IP36420 20
Theatre, Gender And Sexuality TP33120 20
Trade Wars And The Liberal Order IQ31620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What are our graduates doing now? 

Graduates from our department have pursued careers in: 

  • The Civil Service;
  • Security Service;
  • Government Research department; 
  • Acting and Performing;
  • Script writing;
  • Set Design; 
  • Public Affairs; 
  • Education; 
  • Social Research. 

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 skills will acquire if I studied Politics and Modern History at Aberystwyth University?

Studying for a degree in 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 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. 

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn?

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

In your first year you will discover:

  • Introductory modules in making, thinking and studying;
  • Political theory & key political ideas;
  • The different methodologies to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics;
  • Key issues facing the social world;
  • Contemporary approaches to studio-based and site-based theatre-making;
  • The development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century;
  • Key historical moments, practices and methods in drama and theatre;
  • The analysis of drama, theatre and performance.

In your second year, you will explore:

  • Contemporary theatre-making through practical, historical and theoretical approaches;
  • Full-scale production work;
  • Acting, directing and dramaturgy, devising, and designing;
  • The development of modern European Theatre;
  • Globalisation;
  • Democracy and democracy promotion; 
  • Global inequality and the developing world;
  • Intelligence and security;
  • Shakespeare in contemporary performance;
  • Theatre and contemporary society;
  • New Media and performance writing.

In your final year, you will have the opportunity:

  • To create independent creative work;
  • To undertake a major research project and engage in advanced theoretical study;
  • To extend your skills in ensemble and solo production projects;
  • The BRICS and the global economy;
  • Latin American Politics; 
  • The EU & NATO;
  • Politics in Russia, Europe and the USA;
  • British & Comparative Politics;
  • To develop your entrepreneurial skills in producing and curating cultural events;
  • To write your own play script;
  • To study specialist modules that may address: space, place and landscape, performance and philosophy, performance, politics and protest, theatre, gender and sexuality, performance and architecture, new music theatre, and contemporary British and Irish drama.

How will I be taught?

  • You will be taught through practical workshops, small-group seminars, lectures, production projects and group based project work.
  • Our teaching is frequently mixed-mode, interrogating theory through practical investigation and practice through the lens of various theoretical perspectives.
  • You will be assessed through formal and performed essays, written and practical examinations, critical and creative portfolios, practical productions, seminar presentations and group activities.
  • You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree scheme, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You are free to contact them at any time for help and advice.

Student Views

The wide range of module choices paired with the wide variety of drama societies means we can easily be prepared for any area of drama and theatre practice. The academic and practical elements are brilliant, allowing us to either focus on one or the other and/or ground ourselves in the theory in order to better our practical exploration. The staff are always friendly and enthusiastic and always encourage us to do more and explore further.
Jemma Rowlston

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

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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