UDIRPCST - BA International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies
|Highest award||Bachelor of Arts||Level||Honours|
|Possible interim awards||Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science|
|Total credits for course||360|
|Awarding institution||London Metropolitan University|
|Teaching institutions||London Metropolitan University|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Subject Area||Politics and International Relations|
About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning
Explain how the course exemplifies the School/University strategy for learning, teaching and assessment? Please include details of access to learning resources and student support, that will support student achievement.
Reflect upon the rationale for the course and what makes it distinctive. Detail any distinctive philosophy. Consider how the course responds to market demand
The teaching and learning strategy of the BA International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies degree is designed to: ensure that the subject content meets, and improves on, the benchmarks set out by the QAA; encourage the acquisition and understanding of knowledge by students, engendering an enthusiasm for the subject and life-skills learning, including the progression from surface learning to deep learning; facilitate students to develop independent skills and responsibilities for their own learning; incrementally strengthen the subject specific knowledge and skills gained by a students, in combination with the awareness and application of skills needed successfully thrive in the workplace. To reflect the importance of learning languages, students may take up to 30 credits of a language at level 5 as extension-of-knowledge modules.
The BA International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies boasts many pedagogical innovations, such as active learning and practical exercises in the classroom, as well as utilising more traditional teaching methods. The programme is practically oriented, with opportunities for students to learn from and engage with practitioners and to experience the nature of conflict resolution through simulations and role-play exercises.
The more traditional approaches include a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops, within which a combination of whole group, small group, and student-led and tutor-led teaching occurs. This can included face-to-face teaching and discussion, but there is also widespread use of blended learning. Most modules are paper free, with considerable learning materials and resources being placed on relevant module Weblearn sites, e.g. lecture notes, module handbooks, video links, recorded lectures, podcasts and blogs. A growing number of materials are also available online through the university library, including access to journals and ebooks.
This is all designed to open up the learning space for students to enable them to access the degree 24/7, improving the student learning experience, whilst increasing cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
At the heart of the course is an inclusive curriculum which seeks to relate to, and interact with, the diverse experiences and knowledge-bases of its students. It does this by, for example, examining multiples views of the subjects taught, exploring the differential impact of issues on different socio-cultural groups, making material as accessible as possible, offering a wide variety of assessment types, and incorporating student choice and personalization in assessments.
An additional, and important part of the teaching and learning strategy, is the academic research which is conducted by staff in the Politics and International Relations subject group. This is used to support teaching through the transferring of staff research skills and knowledge to enhance the student learning experience, as the students gain the benefits of staff expertise and the staff gain a better appreciation of their research projects through discussing them with students.
The degree aims to provide students with a broad perspective on the theoretical, historical, political and economic aspects of international relations, peace and conflict to enhance their ability to understand the complex forces shaping the contemporary world. In particular, the course aims to:
• Place questions of international order, decision-making, contemporary conflict and its resolution at the centre of analysis
• Ensure that students acquire knowledge and understanding in the areas of International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies theory and analysis
• Enable students to understand and use the concepts, approaches, key research methods and methodologies of the discipline and develop an understanding of its contested nature and the problematic character of both International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies
• Develop in students the capacity to think critically about events, ideas and institutions
• Encourage students to relate the academic study of International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies to questions of public concern
• Assist students to develop a range of cognitive and social skills relevant to their intellectual, vocational and personal development, with a particular emphasis on employability, e.g. students can apply the knowledge gained from the course in a work experience situation through the level 6 work placement option
• Provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of academic inquiry and debate
• Provide an inclusive curriculum that offers equal opportunities to all students
Accordingly, the syllabus seeks to assist students’ understanding of the key issues of global politics whether matters of conflict in the contemporary world, security and peacekeeping, cooperation and competition between states, the key concerns of the foreign policy of major powers, the strength and success of international organisations, the international political economy and issues like trade and relations between the developed world and the 'Global South' or 'Third World', terrorism, regional problems like the conflicts in the Middle East, or the salience of ethical issues like environmentalism, democratisation and human rights.
Course learning outcomes
The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies
2. Devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies
3. Describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge
4. Manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to International Relations, Peace and Conflict Studies)
5. Apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects
6. Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem
7. Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences
8. Exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts
9. Undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature
Principle QAA benchmark statements
Politics and International Relations (2015)
In describing the assessment strategy, describe how:
• Assessment and feedback practices are informed by reflection, consideration of professional practice, and subject-specific and educational scholarship.
• Staff and students engage in dialogue to promote a shared understanding of the basis on which academic judgements are made.
• Students are provided with opportunities to develop an understanding of, and the necessary skills to demonstrate, good academic practice.
• The volume, timing and nature of assessment enable students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the intended learning outcomes.
• Formative assessment supports students in developing for summative assessment
• Feedback on assessment is timely, constructive and developmental.
• Processes for marking assessments and for moderating marks are clearly articulated and consistently operated by those involved in the assessment process.
The course combines both formative and summative assessment opportunities, embracing a variety of methods including: essays, briefing papers, exams, seminar performance, seminar presentations (both individual and group), portfolios, case studies, blogs, policy documents and book reviews. The majority will be tutor assessed, but a number will be peer-reviewed in seminars. Prompt feedback will be provided for all assessment, electronically via Weblearn, in-class, or individually with tutors.
The strategy is designed to maximise the development of subject specific skills and employability skills appropriate to each level of the degree, and to meet the needs of the inclusive curriculum.
Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad
Employability and work experience are central to the course. All modules have employability embedded within them (see each module specification for further details.) At Levels 5 and 6 there are core work-placement modules designed to introduce students to the world of work and develop employability skills.
In terms of study abroad opportunities, students on this programme can apply to attend the Hiroshima and Peace summer school at Hiroshima City University, Japan in late July to early August each year. A study-abroad semester (or, in exceptional circumstances, year) can be undertaken as part of the degree programme. The course leader (or a delegated representative) must approve the programme of study proposed at the overseas host institution. The Politics and International Relations subject group has Socrates exchange links with a number of European universities, including Bologna, Bordeaux, Istanbul, Madrid and Stockholm. It is also possible to study in the United States, where the university has exchange links with a number of universities, such as the State University of New York, City University New York, East Carolina, Roosevelt University (Chicago) and a number of colleges in the University of California state system. These exchanges are arranged through the university’s International Office.
Modules required for interim awards
Please specify if there are any combinations of modules that a student is required to take to gain either the highest level of award or one of the interim awards listed in section 3.
See para 22 Students must select one of the following core pathways:
a) GI5W50 or MN5W51 or MN6W51 and either GI6P01 or GI6P51
Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development
Every module on this course has embedded within it reflective learning components and personal development planning relevant to the year of study. It will be encouraged in lectures, seminars, and in assessment methods. Students will be directed to reflect on knowledge specific learning, personal and employability skills development. Students will be encouraged to engage positively with all feedback opportunities, be they with tutors or in peer-review situations, and to reflect and learn, resulting in the developing of further learning strategies.
Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development
Graduates enter non-governmental organisations, national diplomatic services, as well as international organisations like the European Union and the United Nations, the media, research and teaching, and international business. Many of our students go on to be successful in postgraduate study.
Pursue the career of your dreams and follow in the footsteps of our previous graduates who have earned roles with the United Nations, the Department for International Development and other government bodies and non-governmental organisations. The type of work you could be doing includes international mediation, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian aid and more.
The degree is also excellent preparation for further study or research. You can embark on our postgraduate courses in international relations, human rights and international conflict, security studies and more.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum grade C in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg Advanced Diploma)
- English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.
If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our International Relations (including foundation year) BA (Hons).
These requirements may be varied in individual cases.
Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate Access or other preparatory courses or who have appropriate work experience.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Official use and codes
|Approved to run from||2013/14||Specification version||1||Specification status||Validated|
|Original validation date||01 Sep 2013||Last validation date||01 Sep 2013|
|Sources of funding||HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND|
|JACS codes||L250 (International Relations): 50% , L200 (Politics): 50%|
Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered
|GI4005||Introduction to International Relations||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||PM|
|GI4006||Global Politics, Economy and Society||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||AM|
|GI4007||Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||PM|
|GI4008||Politics and Government||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||WED||AM|
|OL0000||Open Language Programme Module||Option||15||NORTH||SPR|
Stage 1 Level 04 January start Not currently offered
|GI4005||Introduction to International Relations||Core||30|
|GI4006||Global Politics, Economy and Society||Core||30|
|GI4007||Peace, Conflict and Diplomacy since 1945||Core||30|
|GI4008||Politics and Government||Core||30|
|OL0000||Open Language Programme Module||Option||15|
Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered
|GI5005||Approaches to International Relations and Forei...||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||PM|
|GI5008||Peace and Conflict in Theory and Practice||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||AM|
|GI5W50||Politics and International Relations: Work-Base...||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||MON||AM|
|MN5W50||Creating a Winning Business 1||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||WED||PM|
|GI5006||Diplomacy Old and New||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||PM|
|GI5050||Immigrants and Nativists||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||AM|
|GI5062||Media and Culture||Option||15|
|GI5063||Politics of the Middle East||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||AM|
|GI5064||The Politics of the European Union||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||MON||AM|
|GI5065||Shifting Global Power in the 21st Century||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||WED||AM|
|GI5066||Strategy in the Contemporary World||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||WED||AM|
|OL0000||Open Language Programme Module||Option||15||NORTH||AUT|
|XK0000||Extension of Knowledge Module||Option||15||NORTH||SPR|
Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered
|GI6002||Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding||Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||THU||PM|
|GI5W50||Politics and International Relations: Work-Base...||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||MON||AM|
|GI6P01||Project 1 Year||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||PM|
|GI6P51||Project 1 Semester||Alt Core||15||NORTH||SPR||MON||PM|
|GI6W01||Placement 1 Year||Alt Core||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||PM|
|MN6W50||Creating a Winning Business 2||Alt Core||15||NORTH||AUT||THU||AM|
|GI6005||International Security in an Era of Globalisation||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||TUE||AM|
|GI6007||Public Diplomacy and Global Communication||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||MON||PM|
|GI6009||The Politics of Modern States||Option||30||NORTH||AUT+SPR||THU||AM|
|GI6065||Latin American Politics||Option||15||NORTH||AUT||TUE||PM|
|GI6066||Action and Identity: Gender and Political Parti...||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||WED||AM|
|GI6067||Human Rights and International Conflict||Option||15|
|SS6054||Human Rights and Conflict||Option||15||NORTH||SPR||THU||AM|
|XK0000||Extension of Knowledge Module||Option||15||NORTH||SPR|