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Year 1 and 2

First Year Courses

In first year you will take three compulsory courses:

Introduction to Politics and International Relations

This course introduces conceptual material relevant to both politics and international relations students, such as the state, sovereignty, legitimacy, democracy, and power, together with relevant examples.

Political Thinkers

This course aims to introduce students to some historical writers whose thoughts on politics - international or domestic - have become recognised by theorists as canonical in the western tradition, or whose work is becomingly increasingly recognised within a broader, non-Eurocentric canon.

International Law (for International Relations Students)

This course develops knowledge and understanding of the international legal system; the main institutions which contribute to the development and application of international law; and the legal rules, principles and processes which govern key areas of inter-state activity.

*Outside courses are taken in addition to those above.

Course Handbooks

Individual course handbooks are available on Learn.

Second Year Courses

In second year you will take three compulsory courses plus Fundamentals:

International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond

This course explores how and why states interact at the regional and international level. The course considers theoretical perspectives on both international relations and international political economy, before considering in detail the European Union, the World Trade Organisation and the United Nations.

Comparative Politics in a Globalized World

This course will provide students with the conceptual knowledge and practical skills to understand comparative politics in a globalized world. It introduces the comparative method, and applies that method to core questions and issues of comparative and international politics. These questions will cover political regimes, state formation and institutions, political and economic development, democracy, order and violence.

Introduction to Political Data Analysis

This course will introduce students to political data analysis using domestic and international data. It covers core substantive topics in Politics and international relations, typically exploring one major research question from Politics and one major research question from IR. It will explore how to access relevant data and assess the appropriateness of data. It will provide key skills in quantitative data analysis, including descriptive statistics, cross-tab/contingency tables, measures of association, correlation and regression.

Fundamentals 2:  Politics & International Relations

This course introduces students to the practice of politics and international relations outside academia. It helps students to understand potential career routes after PIR honours and the ways in which knowledge and skills acquired in PIR degrees relate to careers. The course includes a variety of presentations from applied political scientists as well as guidance on how to communicate effectively with non-academic audiences.

*Outside courses are taken in addition to those above.

Course Handbooks

Individual course handbooks are available on Learn.

Degree Regulations

Links to the Degree Regulations & Programmes of Study can be found below:

Politics (MA Hons) (UTPOLTC)

Politics and Economic and Social History (MA Hons) (UTPOLES)

Politics with Quantitative Methods (MA Hons) (UTMAHPOLQM1F)

International Relations (MA Hons) (UTINTRE)

International Relations and International Law (MA Hons) (UTMAHIRILA1F)

International Relations with Quantitative Methods (MA Hons) (UTMAHINRQM1F)