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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 4-6 years

UCAS code

L200

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start dates

January, September

Course description

The highlights

First understand. Then influence.

This unique BA (Hons) in Global Affairs and Politics is for people who want to understand and influence what is happening in the world — at either a local, regional, national or international level. It's the perfect time to launch this programme because never in human history has so much rapid change been apparent. The climate crisis, biodiversity and habitat loss, the Covid-19 pandemic, the rise of populism, threats to free speech and democracy around the world, ageing populations: these are just some of the challenges we face as we begin the 2020s. 

At the same time there are many areas of opportunity. New and sustainable technologies promise a future with clean energy and zero-emissions vehicles, while social media enables people to work together to challenge  prevailing orthodoxies, prejudices and governments. There is youth activism and widespread movements for racial and societal justice.

If you want to play a role in shaping some of these crucial global issues, this BA (Hons) in Global Affairs and Politics is a great starting point. The world needs well-informed, culturally aware citizens who can research and analyse the data, problem-solve and negotiate — and this is exactly what you will learn to do on this degree. 

If these quotes resonate with you, we think you're right for this course:

"I have learned that you are never too small to make a difference"

— Greta Thunberg, environmental activist

"I'm an idealist without illusions"

— John F Kennedy

"The time is always right to do what is right."

— Martin Luther King Jr.

See issues from all angles

We'll discuss what's going on in the news each week and analyse the impact it's having — from political developments and technological or scientific breakthroughs, to economic matters and social movements. We'll also consider how the news is created and shaped, considering big issues such as freedom of the press and 'fake news'.

This course covers a huge variety of subjects, from politics and international affairs to anthropology, cultural studies, economics, data science, sociology, geography, history, languages, law, literature, international development, philosophy, marketing and media.

As well as giving you great all-round knowledge, this enables you to analyse issues from different viewpoints and learn that there is never just one way to look at a problem.

You will learn about:

We will also ensure you leave with a good understanding of the basics of data science, so that you can carefully assess some of the claims made by politicians and organisations in today's statistics-driven society. 

Global and diverse

We expect this course to attract students from all over the world and are working with overseas universities to forge links. You will study issues from a wide range of countries including China, India, Brazil and America and you'll also learn from a diverse range of guest speakers. We also hope you will get involved in community projects, including those supporting the BAME (Black And Ethnic Minority) populations in our city and region.

Solve real problems

During this degree, you will get the opportunity to devise solutions to real problems and present your ideas to external audiences. In year two for example, there is a work experience module in which you'll be expected to work with a group, organisation or company on a project that either recommends or implements change. Then in year three, you'll get another opportunity to problem-solve with an advanced community or digital project, plus you'll develop a research paper about future sustainability and present its findings at a conference. So even while you're studying, you will have the chance to start making a difference. 

 

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What you will study

  • Political Thought and Praxis
  • Interpreting the Past 
  • Reporting Reality 
  • A Century of World Politics 
  • Debating Current Global Affairs 
  • Approaches to Cultural and Political Understanding
  • Myriad Methods of Understanding
  • One Century of Earth’s Story 
  • Effecting and Negotiating Change*

You'll the choose three of the following optional modules:

  • Examining Global News
  • Economy and Environment 
  • The Cold War, Global Conflict, Culture and Diplomacy, 1945–91 
  • Power, Passion, and Persuasion 
  • Images of the World: cultural representation in the age of global communication and media 
  • Understanding the International

*modules in which students may require Research Ethics Approval

  • Sustainable Futures: conference module 
  • Global Affairs Dissertation*

You'll the choose three of the following optional modules:

  • Contemporary Conflicts in Context 
  • Advanced Community or Digital Project* 
  • Investigating Journalism and Politics
  • Activism, Equity, and Dissent 
  • Data Science and Data Journalism 
  • The Written World in the Twenty-first Century

*modules in which students may require Research Ethics Approval

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Our teaching methods will be varied, interactive and engaging. They include:

How you are assessed

In your final year, you will undertake an Independent Study module which incorporates quantitative data analysis and you'll also need to write a dissertation.

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Alistair Hodge

Alistair Carnegie Hodge
Programme leader

After many years as a business leader in the creative and cultural industries, Alistair Hodge is now Head of the School of Humanities and Journalism. His MA (Hons) is in Modern History from St Andrews University, Scotland, and he studied toward a PhD, in seventeenth-century history, at Lancaster University.

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Careers

When you have completed this degree, you will be well-informed about the major global issues of our time and have a range of skills that employers really value, particularly:

You can put these skills to good use in a range of high-level careers, such as in politics, journalism, campaigning, think-tanks, NGOs (Non-Govermental Organisations), charities, the civil or diplomatic services, and inter-governmental institutions. 

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Additional information about your studies

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.