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Law and International Relations

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If you like to be challenged and stimulated, the LLB Law with International Relations degree could be the course for you. This degree will give you the opportunity to explore two complementary disciplines through an exciting mix of topics covering traditional and contemporary legal and international relations practice.

In the 21st Century, the practice of law and international relations is wide-ranging and exists in a global context. While examining the legal and criminal justice systems, you will also delve into the cultural and social aspects of these disciplines - looking at the ways in which these influence practice and the impact of law and international relations on society across the globe.

You will explore the big questions relating to ideology and ethics as well as legal debates and policies. This will include the opportunity to discuss the global challenges that face the world today, come to understand what those challenges are and examine the opportunities and obstacles that shape how we manage them.

This degree will provide you with "real world" capabilities, enabling you to shape your own future and develop a rewarding career.

Overview

Why study LLB Law and International Relations at Aberystwyth University?

  • With University staff and students from over 100 different countries, Aber (as it is known to the locals) is a friendly, outward-looking community, situated in a beautiful location on the West coast of Wales between Cardigan Bay and the rolling Cambrian hills.
  • You will be joining the Department of Law and Criminology, the oldest and most established Law Department in Wales, and the Department of International Politics which was founded in 1919 after the end of World War I - the world’s first university department of International Politics.
  • You will be taught by legal professionals who are active for large organisations such as the Youth Justice Board and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and International Relations lecturers who are world leading researchers; the department was rated the best in Wales with its pioneering Research (Ref 2014).
  • The LLB Law and International Relations degree is a well balanced course combining theory and practice and designed to meet employer needs and expectations. Elements of the degree are recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority - a direct route into the legal profession.
  • In the International Politics department you will have exciting opportunities to participate in the renowned three-day role-playing exercise called 'Crisis Games', the prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, and to contribute to the oldest student-run international politics journal, 'Interstate'.
  • In the Department of Law and Criminology you will have the option to participate in our Mooting Society which is a chance to develop your key advocacy and litigation skills. The society takes part in competitions at both national and international level, and the Aberystwyth team has done very well in recent years.
Our Staff

The majority of teaching staff at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are qualified to PhD level and are research active. Vocational courses also have staff whose background lies within industry.  The Institute has a large number of research only staff with whom students may have contact.

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

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).

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
Exploring the International 1: Central Concepts and Core Skills * IP12420 20
Legal and Criminal Justice Systems * LC10120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Globalization and Global Development IP12520 20
Politics in the 21st Century IP12920 20
The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789 IP12820 20
War, Strategy and Intelligence IP10320 20
Contract Law LC13820 20
Criminal Law * LC10520 20
Tort LC11120 20

Core

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

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Commercial Law LC26220 20
Criminal Justice and the Penal System LC26320 20
Environmental Law LC27720 20
European Law LC20720 20
Family and Child Law LC26420 20
Human Rights LC25220 20
Intellectual Property Law LC28620 20
International Law LC26920 20
Labour Law LC26820 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC26720 20
Principles of Evidence LC26520 20
Public Law LC20620 20
Crime & Punishment in Historical Perspective LC23020 20
Criminal Justice Placement LC22520 20
Critical Perspectives on Imprisonment LC22020 20
Introduction to Criminology LC22220 20
Police, Policing and Society LC21020 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour LC28120 20
Psychology and Crime LC24020 20
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders LC29120 20
Youth Crime and Justice LC26120 20
Britain and Ireland in War and Peace since 1800 IP28820 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ22820 20
Climate Change Politics IP21420 20
Climate Change and International Politics in the Anthropocene IP27020 20
Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa: Key Issues Today IP20520 20
Economic Diplomacy and Leadership IQ24320 20
European Security in 21st Century IP23620 20
Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics IQ22920 20
Global Inequality and World Politics IQ24120 20
Global Politics and the Refugee Regime IQ25520 20
International Politics and Global Development IP29220 20
International Politics and the Nuclear Age IP20420 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP23320 20
Nationalism in Theory and Practice IP29920 20
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today IQ23920 20
Political Theory IP22220 20
Strategy, Intelligence and Security in International Politics IQ25120 20
The Arab-Israeli Wars IP21320 20
The British Army’s Image in Battle, from the Crimea to the Present IQ20920 20
The Governance of Climate Change: Simulation Module IP22320 20
UK Politics Today: A Union Under Strain? IQ23820 20
Warfare after Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Women and Global Development IP29620 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Commercial Law LC36220 20
Criminal Justice and the Penal System LC36320 20
Employability Skills for Professionals LC36620 20
Environmental Law LC37720 20
Equity and Trusts * LC34920 20
Family and Child Law LC36420 20
Human Rights LC35220 20
Intellectual Property Law LC38620 20
International Law LC36920 20
Labour Law LC36820 20
Land Law * LC34820 20
Law and Criminology Dissertation LC39020 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC36720 20
Principles of Evidence LC36520 20
Crime and Punishment in Historical Perspective LC33020 20
Criminal Justice Placement LC32520 20
Criminal Law LC30520 20
Critical Perspectives on Imprisonment LC32020 20
Critical and Radical Criminology LC37120 20
Empirically Based Criminology Dissertation LC30140 40
Introduction to Criminology LC32220 20
Police, Policing and Society LC31020 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour LC38120 20
Psychology and Crime LC34020 20
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders LC39120 20
Youth Crime and Justice LC36120 20
Britain and Ireland in War and Peace since 1800 IP38820 20
Capitalism and International Politics IQ32820 20
Climate Change Politics IP31420 20
Contemporary Sub-Saharan Africa IP30520 20
Dissertation * IP30040 40
Economic Diplomacy and Leadership IQ34320 20
European Security in the 21st Century IP33620 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
International Politics and the Nuclear Age IP30420 20
NATO: From Cold War to Hybrid War IP33320 20
Nationalism in Theory and Practice IP39920 20
Political Theory IP32220 20
The Arab Israeli Wars IP31320 20
The British Army’s Image in Battle, from the Crimean to the Present IQ30920 20
UK Politics Today: A Union Under Strain? IQ33820 20
Women and Global Development IP39620 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What can I do with a degree in Law and International Relations?

Employability is embedded within all our courses. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and are able to draw on a range of transferable skills to ensure that they are always in demand.

A degree in Law and International Relations will open up a range of exciting opportunities for you. The Law part of your degree will make you a strong candidate for further training to become a barrister or a solicitor. International relations is a diverse field that allows you to investigate the complexities of relationships between different countries. You will be able to apply this understanding to the world of work.

You will be well placed to work in a range of sectors including law, international relations, the civil service, government research, NGOs, legal work, criminology, business, human resources, journalism and education.

Transferable skills

During this degree you will gain the following skills and abilities:

  • the confidence to select and use the most appropriate range of legal methodologies
  • the ability to write and communicate with a range of audiences, and evaluate and organise information
  • the ability to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal and political information quickly and accurately
  • the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
  • the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodate different ideas, negotiate and reach agreement
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • research skills
  • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
  • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
  • self-motivation and self-reliance.

What opportunities for work experience will be available to me while I study?

Taking part in the Parliamentary Placement Scheme will be an opportunity for you to develop practical skills such as writing reports and speeches, undertaking research projects, and responding to constituency issues.

You may have the option to follow the Employability Skills for Professionals module which provides practical and specific workplace experience to enhance your future employability prospects in chosen fields. Places on the module are not guaranteed for any student and may be allocated through an interview process.

Other Opportunities

Discover more about the various opportunities that our Careers Service offers.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and Year in Employment Scheme (YES) managed by our Careers Service.

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.

First Year:

In your first year, you will be introduced to Legal and Criminal Justice Systems, central concepts and core skills in International Relations with the choice of other modules such as Criminal Law or Politics in the 21st Century.

Second Year:

In the second year, you will be able to tailor teaching and learning to your academic interests by picking modules from a range of topics including commercial law, international law, international relations and global inequality & world politics.

Third Year:

In the third year, there is a sole focus on Law-related modules. You can build on modules chosen in your second year or choose something completely new. These include criminal law through to the treatment and rehabilitation of offenders.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of innovative and high-quality lectures, tutorials, and seminars which will allow you to realise your potential.

In your lectures, you will be introduced to key concepts and relevant up-to-date information. You will also have access to recorded versions of lectures. Tutorials and seminars take place in a more informal setting and are an opportunity for you to discuss particular legal, international or political themes or topics, and to improve your skills in constructing an argument. You will also have the opportunity to evaluate your individual learning and obtain feedback on your progress.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through essays, reports, exams, study logs, book reviews, individual/group projects and oral presentations, including mooting exercises.

Personal Tutor

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your time at Aberystwyth. Your personal tutor will be able to help you with any issues or queries, whether academic or non-academic.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 128 - 104

A Levels ABB-BCC

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

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-28

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

English Language Requirements:
See our Undergraduate English Language Requirements for this course. Pre-sessional English Programmes are also available for students who do not meet our English Language Requirements.

Country Specific Entry Requirements:
International students whose qualification is not listed on this page, can check our Country Specific Entry Requirements for further information.

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. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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