Liverpool
John Moores University (LJMU)

International Relations and Politics

Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) has a rich cultural heritage and traces its origins back to 1823.

It is now proud to be a new civic university offering degrees that are driven by internationally acclaimed research and based on practical learning. The university is ranked among the world's top 150 universities by The Young University Rankings 2019.

Its multi-disciplinary staff are actively involved in a wide range of innovative applications of computer science. Research and teaching includes computer science but also extends to more surprising topics, including computational art, virtual reality, computer music, digital sociology and education technology.

BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics- An Overview

This innovative degree will provide a grounding in international relations theory while examining in-depth issues of enduring international significance. In examining the challenges, the world faces today, we will encourage you to develop your own opinions and actively engage in politics.
The degree takes an expanded definition of what is International Relations and covers a range of subjects from economics, politics, law and culture to examining the actions of international organizations, nation-states and non-state actors. It provides you with an essential grounding in international relations theory and a range of specialist modules, which examine in-depth issues of enduring international significance, such as conflict, state-building, and the role of multilateral organizations.

By enrolling on to this degree, you will benefit from;
  • Developing your own political voices and choose how to actively engage with world affairs
  • Hearing from experts and practitioners in the field of International Relations
  • availing the option to study abroad for either a semester or a year with one of our overseas partners
  • availing the option to do a year-long work placement in an international-related organization
  • Participating in field trips to visit and understand the complex workings of institutions and think tanks
  • Joining a highly motivated and research active academic community
  • Attending the Perspectives in IR research seminar series

Programme Structure, Courses and Specification

The degree takes an expanded definition of what is International Relations and covers a range of subjects from economics, politics, law and culture to examining the actions of international organizations, nation-states and non-state actors. It provides you with an essential grounding in international relations theory and a range of specialist modules, which examine in-depth issues of enduring international significance, such as conflict, state-building, and the role of multilateral organizations.
​To develop your knowledge and interest in the varying topics and roles that people do, we will hold and attend regular events and workshops with practitioners and experts.

Programme Structure

You study 18 courses over a period of three years to earn the BA (Hons) Sociology degree.

Level - 4

Six mandatory modules (20 credit each):

  • Introduction to International Relations and Politics
  • Understanding the theories behind politics
  • Comparative Politics
  • Researching International Relations and Politics
  • Being Politically Engaged
  • International History and State Formation

Level - 5

Six mandatory modules (20 credit each):

  • Debating international relations theory
  • Research paper in international relations
  • International Politics at the Regional Level
  • Politics and Popular Culture
  • International Organisations
  • Colonial Africa, 1880-1994
  • A Bitter Resurgence: China into the Modern World (1894-1992)

Level - 6

Six Optional modules (20 credit each)

  • Research Project in International Relations and Politics - 40 Credit
  • Public International Law - 20
  • The International Politics of Development – 20 Credits
  • US Democracy Promotion in the Contemporary era – 20 Credits
  • The Politics of War an Organized Violence- 20 Credits
  • The United Nations and International Security – 20 Credits
  • The Politics of Health – 20 credits

Assessment

Each Module of BA (Hons) International Relations and Politics programme is assessed using a mix of coursework methods. Assessment is based on 100% coursework. ​The aim in all the assessments is to test your understanding of international relations and politics. We all learn in different ways, and our assessments are a mixture of essays, essay plans, presentations and research project.

To be eligible for the degree, you must:

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration.
  • A levels with 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 A Levels. Maximum of 20 AS points accepted
    or
    International Baccalaureate: 26 IB points.
    or
    HSSC Intermediate / Higher Secondary Certificate: requires a 75% overall award mark
    or
    BTEC National Diploma: DMM in a relevant subject area is required if no other level 3 qualifications are Taken.
    or
    Other
  • Provide proof of competence in English by having UK GCSE/GCE ‘O’ level at grade C. Otherwise a test of proficiency may be required.
  • Each application will be considered on an individual basis, and the decision will be taken at the discretion of the Liverpool John Moores University.

If you are interested in studying international relations further then this BA will provide a solid basis for applying to do an MA in the subject.

Liverpool John Moores graduates find career opportunities in:

This programme aims to enhance your career prospects in a range of international relations related fields such as in the government and non-government sectors. It is why you will meet practitioners, go on field trips, and have the opportunity to gain work experience in the field.
See below for some profiles of graduates who have gone on to find career success after graduating from Liverpool John Moores University.
https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/careers/alumni

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