Taught course

International Relations

Institution
University of Northampton · School of Social Sciences
Qualifications
MAPGDip

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess a first or second class honours degree from a British university or its equivalent overseas. Students are encouraged to discuss the course with tutors prior to application. Applicants whose native language is not English must provide evidence of their English language capabilities at an approved level (TOEFL; IELTS; Cambridge Proficiency Certificate and so on). Applicants who fail to reach this standard may be required to complete an agreed English Language tuition programme prior to the commencement of the MA.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

This MA programme is especially designed for those with an interdisciplinary background who wish to more fully comprehend core issues and approaches within International Relations post 9/11.

​At the dawn of a third millennium, the pace of integration among the world’s regions and populations is breathtaking. Powerful forces – the emergence of transnational economies, the lightning speed of global communications, and the movement of peoples, cultures and ideas into new settings – are reshaping notions of citizenship, society and community.

At the same time, however, older religious hatreds, sectarian violence and new fundamentalisms are recasting existing states and disintegrating individual, national and international notions of security. Such dynamics demand that we rethink why we are and where we are today, but also reconsider historical interpretations of past change within and among the world’s regions. To understand the global condition requires a thorough and sensitive understanding of diverse interests, ethnicities and cultures. The purpose of this new postgraduate award in International Relations (IR) is to foster within students a global perspective and encourage a multicultural awareness of contemporary problems.

IR is a vital and dynamic field of intellectual inquiry that offers an interdisciplinary exploration of human interaction. It is not so much a single discipline; rather it is a study of a particular type of behaviour whose comprehension requires the insight and methods of a number of disciplines. Although your MA is set within a strong political and sociological framework, the course is enhanced through the support of Law, History, and American Studies.

IR provides an opportunity to engage with and adapt to changing international, national and regional realities post 9/11. The security implications of the events of 9/11, and the impact of global developments on everyday lives, are present in the public mind as never before. The Palestinian question, western intervention and civil war in Iraq, nuclear proliferation, international crime and terrorism are just some of the recurrent themes that have taken on a new urgency and demand our attention.

IR develops critical awareness, conceptual understanding, sound research methods, and originality in the application of knowledge. Your MA will provide you with an appropriate set of intellectual skills to enable more informed and effective participation in an ‘ever-changing’ global context. Current social, political and economic globalisation demonstrates the inexorable importance of the ‘international’ and the increased relevance of this knowledge dimension at both academic and practice levels.

International Relations is a vital and dynamic field of intellectual inquiry that offers an interdisciplinary exploration of human interaction. Students undertaking the course will come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds and it is not assumed that all students will have similar abilities or skills. It is not our aim to encourage further specialisation along the line of a student's first degree but rather to complement existing knowledge and build upon transferable capabilities. Overall this is a unique opportunity for graduates both with and without International Relations training to study at a very high level for a postgraduate degree with global relevance.

Our aim is to foster a set of intellectual skills to enable more informed and effective participation in an 'ever-shrinking' global society. This goal is to provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging foundation in approaches to the study and practice of international relations while developing an understanding and sensitivity to key issues in diverse areas of the modern world. The MA offers an exciting opportunity for graduates to develop their understanding of international affairs both theoretically and through their own or others' experience.

Course modules (16/17):

International Relations Theory: Great Debates, New Directions - Core module Y

Major Organisations in the International Order - Core module Y

Methodology and Research Design in International Relations - Core module Y

The Peoples’ Republic of China: Foreign Policy Dilemmas - Core module N

European Integration - Core module N

America after 9/11 - Core module N

The Politics of Latin American Development - Core module N

The International Politics of the Post-Soviet Space - Core module N

The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa - Core module N

Politics of International Communications - Core module N

Dissertation - Core module Y

The International Relations of the Pacific Rim - Core module N

The Political Economy of East African Development - Core module N

Comparative Transnational Criminology - Core module N

European and International Human Rights - Core module N

National Security, Terrorism and The Rule of Law - Core module N

Political Economies of International Development - Core module N

The Politics of Aid - Core module N

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

PGDip

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
study@northampton.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 1604 735500
Fax
+44 (0) 1604 713029