Politics and International Relations looks at how countries are governed and decisions are made, what shapes foreign policies, and how national and international political events impact people locally.
Coventry, United Kingdom
Why you should study this course
What you'll study
Politics and International Relations are highly interconnected academic disciplines, concerned with overlapping questions of power, government, decision-making, conflict, peace, foreign policy, democracy, human rights, social movements and political ideologies. Throughout your degree, you will study these issues, both in relation to the internal workings of different political systems and their external relations in the contemporary global system. Through a rich programme of modules, you will learn about the politics and international relations of the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans, the US, Europe and China.
Your first year sets the foundation for the study of Politics and International Relations, at both country-specific and global levels.
Applied politics: Politics in Action - 30 credits
Themes and Concepts in International Relations - 20 credits
Introduction to Political Ideas - 20 credits
World Politics since 1945 - 20 credits
Introduction to International Relations Theories - 20 credits
Add+vantage - 10 credits
In the second year, you will study a range of topics that should deepen and widen your understanding of political systems, political ideas, international relations, conflict and security and foreign policy analysis. Focus will turn to contemporary issues and events, examining a range of real-life case studies to illustrate the challenges of government policy and the key role of civil society and non-state actors.
Contemporary Global Security - 20 credits
Foreign Policy Analysis - 20 credits
Comparative Politics and Governanace - 20 credits
Contemporary British Government - 20 credits
A Graduate Career - 10 credits
Add+vantage - 10 credits
International Political Economy - 20 credits
Humanitarian Intervention and Peacekeeping - 20 credits
The Contemporary Far Right in Western Europe - 20 credits
In your final year you will have the opportunity to specialise your knowledge, choosing from a range of optional modules on the Middle East, the US, China and Central and Eastern Europe. You may also choose a Study Trip module and write a dissertation on a topic of your own free choice.
Political Ideologies in the 20th Century - 20 credits
Ethics and International Relations - 20 credits
Dissertation - 30 credits
Add+vantage - 10 credits
Politics of the Contemporary Middle East - 20 credits
Nationalism and Democracy in Post-Communist Europe - 20 credits
US Foreign Policy since 1945 - 20 credits
US Government and Politics - 20 credits
Study Trip - 20 credits
Chinese Politics, Foreign Relations, and Security - 20 credits
English language requirements
£15,300 per year
International Pathways 2022 Scholarship
You could enjoy a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees.
Our high-quality foundation, international year one and pre-masters courses are for international students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry to their preferred Coventry University undergraduate or postgraduate course. We can support you to achieve the academic and/or English grades you need and help you gain the personal and professional skills required to study at university.
We want to encourage ambitious international students like you to study at Coventry University, so we’ve secured extra financial support for you worth £3,000, to help with the cost of tuition fees, living expenses and accommodation.
The scholarship application deadline is:
September 2022 intake: 31 July 2022
In a globalised world where companies increasingly do business across national boundaries, you can benefit from an in-depth understanding of the international landscape, gaining an insight appealing to many employers. This course is informed by up-to-date research and provides knowledge on issues that are at the forefront of the disciplines of Politics and International Relations and enables you to develop a wide range of skills that are highly valued by employers.
Our students who graduate in degrees that include politics and international relations can find a number of exciting careers.
Recent graduates are now employed in the private sector, ranging from marketing, human resources, banking, and finance to media, and across the public sector in education, the civil service, police forces, local authorities, charities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and international organisations.
They work for a range of organisations, including the Houses of Parliament, BUPA Healthcare, BMI Healthcare, Barclays, HSBC, Amazon, National Crime Agency, BBC, West Midlands Police/Transport Police, European Union, Atlas Copco, GlaxoSmithKline, Grant Thornton, IPSOS Mori, European Parliament, NHS, Commonwealth, Amnesty International and Greenpeace.
Some of our students set up in business for themselves, which range from youth mentoring, learning and development workshop delivery, logistics and creative industries.
Some of our previous students have secured graduate-level jobs in the Civil Service, international organisations, local government, the media, private sector companies, the culture industry, further and higher education teaching and non-government organisations (NGOs).