About this course
This degree combines the study of international relations with the more traditional disciplines of political theory and comparative politics. You'll develop a grounding in the theory and practice of global politics. This will give you an in-depth understanding of the contemporary political world.
You'll learn the theory of politics and then specialise in areas of current political importance. These include globalisation, public policy, constitutional politics, security studies and migration. You'll study current problems and explore how to address them.
In this course, you can:
study political theory, global politics, public policy, and political analysis
examine the conventional wisdom about international relations and gain a more critical understanding of this important field
learn from hands-on activities such as public engagement and field trips to Whitehall and Westminster
learn about foreign and security policies of key states such as the USA, and principal institutions such as the UN and the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
choose from a wide array of topics through optional modules, including political topics relating to the UK, the EU or the US, and modules in criminology, economics or ethics
A BSc Politics and International Relations degree from the University of Southampton will:
develop your critical thinking skills
hone your analytical capacity
train you in a range of research skills that are highly valued by employers
You'll develop transferable skills such as:
effective oral and written communication
This degree gives excellent training for a range of careers, including roles in:
the civil service and international organisations
NGOs, advocacy and lobby groups
a broad range of business sectors
This course is based at Highfield, Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.