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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112 (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

L250

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BA (Hons)

Start date

September

Location

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

This course is available as a Joint Honours degree.

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Course description

“This course offers the perfect mix because it isn’t solely learning about world politics but covers diplomacy too. It’s a very rare course that includes trips to the UN and different embassies, as well as a chance to study abroad in The Hague.” Tyra Tucker Current International Relations and Diplomacy student

Why you should study International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Derby

Stimulating, topical and challenging, the BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy offers fascinating perspectives on how to promote good relations between people, communities and countries, equipping you for careers where you can play your part in international peace-building initiatives.

The degree reflects the growing need to resolve intra-national and international conflicts through diplomacy rather than the use of military force. You will therefore learn about the role of international political institutions in promoting democracy, world peace, political stability and development. You will also deepen your understanding of the varied diplomatic exchanges that take place between governments and inter-government institutions.

Throughout, you will develop your intellectual flexibility, confidence and critical skills by exploring key themes such as advocacy, democracy, human rights, social policy and international security in the context of global conflict, peace and international law.

Study overseas

One of the most exciting aspects of the BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy is the option to spend the second stage of your programme studying at The Hague University of Applied Sciences (THUAS) in the Netherlands.

At THUAS you will join a community of 25,000 students – representing 135 nationalities – at what is an internationally acclaimed institution. The year-long exchange will broaden your educational perspectives and provide an impressive addition to your CV.

The legal capital of the world and the third largest city in the Netherlands, The Hague has a long tradition of welcoming and inspiring students from overseas. In total, the city has a population of more than 35,000 students, including 4,500 international students.

Hands-on learning

Our emphasis on real-world learning helps you take the theory from the page and translate it into practice in ways that will significantly enhance your employability. Thanks to our strong links with institutions such as the UN and UNITAR, and our contacts in the wider diplomatic community, we can offer you unique opportunities for work-based learning and experience within the field.

As part of the course, there is the opportunity to undertake specialist training in diplomacy and diplomatic practice, giving you real experience of working in this vitally important field. You could complete vocational training with international institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), or charities which are involved in promoting good relations internationally.

Fieldtrips are a highlight of the degree too. At Stage 1, all students have a national trip included in their fees. Past trips have included London which has given the opportunity to visit organisations such as embassies and the Foreign Office to see how they work with diplomats, ambassadors and other government representatives around the world.

Further experiences include a week-long visit to Geneva, taking in the United Nations Office and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). This visit is included in the fees for Derby-based Stage 2 students.

Alternatively, if you choose to spend your second year in The Hague, you will visit the International Court of Justice (ICJ) – the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

Expert teaching

Our enthusiastic, research-active lecturers are passionate about all aspects of international relations and diplomacy and are keen to share their knowledge and experience with you.

They have an established record of publication and scholarship in areas such as diplomatic practice, international security, arbitration, international dispute resolution, international institutions, human rights and public international law.  

In addition, you will benefit from a vibrant programme of lectures and tutorials led by government representatives, UN officials and professionals who work in the field.

Global thinking

The BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy introduces you to the very latest global debates surrounding power, justice, order, conflict, legitimacy, accountability, obligation, sovereignty, mediation, security, governance and other themes relating to inter-governmental relations and decision-making processes.

You will also learn about concepts such as anarchy, statism, security-dilemma, self-help, nationalism, institutionalism, regimes, realism, neo-realism, liberalism, globalisation, peace-building, conflict resolution and arbitration. Each of these concepts will help you understand, analyse and interpret political developments on the world stage.

What you will study

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4IR500

Introduction to International Relations and Diplomacy

This module seeks to introduce the subject of International Relations and Diplomacy within the context of global politics. Aimed at students all students, including those who have had no direct training in the academic field of International Relations, the module examines concepts, structures, actors and policy processes on the global stage.

It provides a strong foundation in the study of international politics as the basis for further study in stages 2 and 3. First, the module examines the origins of International Relations and the political context in which diplomatic relations operates. It establishes a link between people, power and politics, and shows how international relations, security and economic development are linked. Second, it seeks to introduce students to a wide range of ideas and theories relating to international world including globalisation, gender and humanitarianism in the digital age. Can International Relations as a discipline can satisfactorily explain and meet the global challenges we face today? How best might diplomats respond? Theoretical approaches include realism, liberalism, and critical approaches. Examples are drawn from issues of national security and global terrorism; global trade and finance, human rights, intervention, and poverty and hunger alleviation.

The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4IR501

Diplomatic Induction

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the subject of diplomacy and to develop essential skills in diplomacy and negotiation. Through the module, students will develop a range of intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills crucial for diplomatic training.

These include skills such as political networking, diplomatic writing, oral presentation amongst others. The module also introduces the art of political speech writing and diplomatic communications between countries and within government institutions. The module incorporates the concept of Personal Development Planning (PDP) and the importance of regularly assessing and reflecting on one’s own skills and skill needs in a practical way. The module is delivered via weekly lectures and tutorials. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4IR502

Contemporary Issues in International Politics

This module examines the contemporary issues facing the international community in the 21st century. Using relevant theories and empirical examples, it introduces students to the question of as to why the political world is prone to crisis. The foundation of political relations between nation states is examined in relation to the idea of promotion and protection of democracy.

The module covers key debates such as political sovereignty, principle of non-intervention, just and unjust war, transnational democracy etc. Using case studies, the module explores the contemporary world of politics and its crises. The growing tension between politics, economics, people and resources as witnessed in North Africa and the Middle East in what is now known as the ‘Arab Spring’ is examined with reference to the general disenfranchisement of the general populace from political systems.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 4IR503

Introduction to Foreign Policy and International Security

This module introduces the key concepts in the fields of foreign policy and international security. The module covers key theoretical concepts such as foreign policy analysis models (rational actor, bureaucratic and organisational models) and security topics such as regional studies, nuclear weapons and civil wars.

The module uses a set of case studies: the foreign policy of some central international actors (eg the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany etc) and the analysis of policy issues in some of the world’s most relevant regions. The module examines issues relating to nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and other parts of the world. Through this module, it is expected that students will gain a good understanding of basic concepts in the fields of foreign policy and international security, together with a knowledge of the relevant case studies.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4IR504

Theoretical Approaches to International Relations and Diplomacy

This module analyses the key theories and approaches in International Relations and Diplomacy. International Relations (IR) as a subject is characterised by a richness of different (and sometimes competing) theoretical frameworks.

This module introduces students to some of those theories and provides the them with a working understanding of a wide range of ideas, concepts and models used in the subject. Ranging, from classical realism to critical theories, the module provides a theoretical and conceptual foundation for the study of International Relations and Diplomacy. It allows the students to develop the ability to confidently use different theories and concepts, including constructivism, liberalism and marxism in any academic discussion relating to world politics. 

The module provides an essential theoretical foundation for subsequent study in stages 2 and 3. Using examples, the module explains the nature and importance of theories and how those theories help our understanding of the political world and practice of diplomacy.

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20 Credits
core
Exam
Coursework

Code: 4IR505

International Relations and Political Negotiation

This module focuses on the art of Political Negotiation. Using case studies and examples, it offers students the essential skills required in negotiating agreement in politics and diplomacy. It provides students with both theoretical and practical knowledge on the importance of and role of negotiation in an increasingly conflictual political environment.

The module examines the key principles underpinning a successful negotiation in conflict. Essential elements of negotiation and concepts such as arbitration, hard-bargaining, tactics, barriers, adversary, partners, strategic choice, escalation, de-escalation, power relations, economic relations, etc, are explored in the module in relation to examples.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IR500

International Institutions and Diplomacy

This module attempts a comparative analysis of governmental and inter-governmental political institutions. It examines the notion of “nation-state” and evaluates the link between political ideas, actors and institutions designed to foster relations between nation states. Using a combination of both lectures/tutorials and field visits to key national/international institutions, the module seeks to explore key concepts such as power, agency, structure, democracy, international society and other concepts relating to the study of International Relations.

A residential field course involving visits to key international political institutions such as the United Nations (Geneva) or the European Parliament (Brussels) constitutes a core element of the module. The field visit is designed to illustrate the practice of international relations and to foster students’ understanding of the environment in which political decisions are made, especially in the context of an international or supra-state inter-governmental institution. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IR501

Research Methods in International Relations Diplomacy

This module aims at providing students with theoretical and empirical knowledge of international relations and diplomacy. It introduces students to a range of analytical and statistical techniques employed in research practice in international studies and diplomacy.

The module is designed to develop students’ skills and aptitude in the use of computers in data analysis, using computer software such as Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), Microsoft Excel and other statistical and analytical programmes. It provides students with essential skills in conducting empirical and analytical research in international relations and diplomacy. Using a number of critical analytical/statistical methods, the module covers techniques of handling political data from various sources – primary and secondary. 

Students will find these the techniques valuable in their final year dissertation or project work. It uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the analysis of political data and develops students’ ability to source, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information to create reports with structured and logical arguments.

The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IR502

Diplomatic Practice

This module examines the theory and practice of diplomacy. It covers essential features of international diplomacy and introduces students to the practical issues involved in diplomatic relations and management of political crisis. The module examines the arguments for diplomacy as a tool for conflict resolution. Through its practical oriented approach, it aims to prepare students for careers in foreign ministries, international organisations/institutions, and global civil society organisations.

The module includes the history/evolution of diplomacy and how diplomatic practices are conducted within the international system. The role of diplomacy as a tool in inter-governmental relations and in the management and resolution of global conflicts are examined with reference to case studies.

The module helps to develop a good level of students’ understanding of diplomatic protocol, and inter-governmental communications. It offers practical training on how diplomats operate within the multilateral setting and perform effectively and efficiently in inter-governmental negotiations, cooperation’s and conflict resolutions.

The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IR506

Hague Module 1 and 2- International Institutions and Diplomacy

This is a container module that relates to the course of study and equivalent modules Derby students on International Relations and Diplomacy programme on exchange programme in The Hague University of Applied Sciences are expected to undertake during their exchange year.

The equivalent modules and their European credit tariffs are:

  • European Public Management 1 and 2 – 7 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (Prescribed)
  • European Public Management 3 and 4 – 7 ECTS (Prescribed)
  • Contemporary European Politics – 5 ECTS (Prescribed)

The module - and its equivalents in The Hague University of Applied Sciences - attempts a comparative analysis of governmental and inter-governmental political institutions. It examines the notion of “nation-state” and evaluates the link between political ideas, actors and institutions designed to foster relations between nation-states. Using a combination of both lectures/tutorials and field visits to key national/international institutions, the module seeks to explore key concepts such as power, agency, structure, democracy, international society and other concepts relating to the study of International Relations.

The module is designed to illustrate the practice of international relations and to foster students’ understanding of the environment in which political decisions are made, especially in the context of an international or supra-state inter-governmental institution. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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40 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IR507

Hague Module 3 Research Methods in International Relations Diplomacy

This is a container module that relates to the course of study and equivalent modules Derby students on International Relations and Diplomacy programme on exchange programme in The Hague University of Applied Sciences are expected to undertake during their exchange year.

The equivalent modules and their European credit tariffs are:

  • Advanced Research Skills – 3 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (Prescribed)
  • Research Assignment/Supervision (Derby Generated) – 7 ECTS (Prescribed)

This module - and its equivalents in The Hague University of Applied Sciences - aims at providing students with theoretical and empirical knowledge of international relations and diplomacy. It introduces students to a range of analytical and statistical techniques employed in research practice in international studies and diplomacy. The module is designed to develop students’ skills and aptitude in the use of computers in data analysis, using computer software such as Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS), Microsoft Excel and other statistical and analytical programmes. It provides students with essential skills in conducting empirical and analytical research in international relations and diplomacy. Using a number of critical analytical/statistical methods, the module covers techniques of handling political data from various sources – primary and secondary. Students will find these the techniques valuable in their final year dissertation or project work. It uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches to the analysis of political data and develops students’ ability to source, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information to create reports with structured and logical arguments.

The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IR508

Hague Module 4- Diplomatic Practice

This is a container module that relates to the course of study and equivalent modules Derby students on International Relations and Diplomacy programme on exchange programme in The Hague University of Applied Sciences are expected to undertake during their exchange year.

The equivalent modules and their European credit tariffs are:

  • Policy Advice Skills – 4  European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (Prescribed) OR Decision Making in The European Union 5 ECTS
  • Project Europe 21 – 6 ECTS (Prescribed)

This module - and its equivalents in The Hague University of Applied Sciences - examines the theory and practice of diplomacy. It covers essential features of international diplomacy and introduces students to the practical issues involved in diplomatic relations and management of political crisis.

The module examines the arguments for diplomacy as a tool for conflict resolution. Through its practical oriented approach, it aims to prepare students for careers in foreign ministries, international organisations/institutions, and global civil society organisations.

The module includes the history/evolution of diplomacy and how diplomatic practices are conducted within the international system. The role of diplomacy as a tool in inter-governmental relations and in the management and resolution of global conflicts are examined with reference to case studies. The module helps to develop a good level of students’ understanding of diplomatic protocol, and inter-governmental communications. It offers practical training on how diplomats operate within the multilateral setting and perform effectively and efficiently in inter-governmental negotiations, cooperation’s and conflict resolutions.

The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 5IR503

International Political Economy

This module provides an introduction to the study of International Political Economy (IPE). It therefore explores the area of study between the fields of international relations, economics and politics.

It analyses topics such as the relation between states and international institutions or multinational companies, but also the politics and policies relating to international trade and investment. It focuses on the relation between “politics” and “money” at international level by exploring topics such as global governance and the international financial crisis or the effects of the imposition of structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). By the end of the term, students will have a firm understanding of IPE as a discipline, including what it can tell us about a wide variety of policy outcomes.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5IR504

Middle East Politics

This module focuses the modern Middle East looking particularly at the causes, development and consequences of different types of conflict in the region including interstate, civil war, ethnic, religious and terrorism.

It examines the historical formation of the nation state system in the Middle East and the development of competing ideologies. The legacies of these processes are explored through case studies including the Arab-Israeli conflict, Lebanon and Iraq. The rise of political Islam in the region has had a significant impact on state-society relations and both its militant and non-violent manifestations will be examined. The region has been characterised by authoritarian regimes and this legacy and the impact of the 2011 uprisings will be explored. The question of external intervention in the Middle East will also be addressed with particular reference to Iraq post-2003.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5IR509

Hague Module 7- International Political Economy

This is a container module that relates to the course of study and equivalent modules Derby students on International Relations and Diplomacy programme on exchange programme in The Hague University of Applied Sciences are expected to undertake during their exchange year.

The equivalent modules and their European credit tariffs are:

  • Introduction to Dutch Culture – 2 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (Optional) 
  • Global Development Issues – 5 ECTS (Optional)
  • Ethical Moral Standards – 3 ECTS (Optional)

This module - and its equivalents in The Hague University of Applied Sciences - provides an introduction to the study of International Political Economy (IPE). It therefore explores the area of study between the fields of international relations, economics and politics. It analyses topics such as the relation between states and international institutions or multinational companies, but also the politics and policies relating to international trade and investment. It focuses on the relation between “politics” and “money” at international level by exploring topics such as global governance and the international financial crisis or the effects of the imposition of structural adjustment programmes (SAPs) by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). By the end of the term, students will have a firm understanding of IPE as a discipline, including what it can tell us about a wide variety of policy outcomes.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LA517

International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law is arguably one of the most dynamic, far reaching and successful areas of international law. Growing international concern about human rights abuses can be seen to stem from the anti-slavery movement in the early 19th century through increased protection for the victims of war to modern day concerns arising from the aftermath of both world wars. This being said, certain areas of human rights protection remain controversial especially when behaviours are culturally entrenched.

This module addresses the development of human rights protection through the consideration of a variety of international instruments and assessing their impact and efficacy in eradicating abuses. Through a series of case studies students will address areas of modern concern and assess the enforcement of human rights norms at both regional and international level.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LA518

Public International Law

Classically, in the writings of such as Vattel in the 18th century, the state is the main subject of international law. The contemporary state is threatened in various directions: ethnic conflict, international financial speculation, the drugs trade, terrorism, to name a few. The question arises, therefore, is the classical conception on international law still valid given modern global realities.

To this end, the module explores and challenges the basic concepts of public international law – the state, treaty as a source of public international law, the role of custom, territorial and jurisdictional sovereignty, diplomatic law, non-intervention and a state's right to self-defence, against the practical concepts under which these have to now be applied.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LA528

Hague Module 5 - International Human Rights Law

This is a container module that relates to the course of study and equivalent modules Derby students on International Relations and Diplomacy programme on exchange programme in The Hague University of Applied Sciences are expected to undertake during their exchange year.

The equivalent modules and their European credit tariffs are:

  • International Humanitarian Law – 5 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (Optional)
  • International Humanitarian Law/International Criminal Law – 5 ECTS (Optional)

International Human Rights Law is arguably one of the most dynamic, far reaching and successful areas of international law. Growing international concern about human rights abuses can be seen to stem from the anti-slavery movement in the early 19th century through increased protection for the victims of war to modern day concerns arising from the aftermath of both world qars. This being said, certain areas of human rights protection remain controversial, especially when behaviours are culturally entrenched.

This module addresses the development of human rights protection through the consideration of a variety of international instruments and assessing their impact and efficacy in eradicating abuses. Through a series of case studies, students will address areas of modern concern and assess the enforcement of human rights norms at both regional and international level.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5LA529

Hague Module 6 - Public International Law

This is a container module that relates to the course of study and equivalent modules Derby students on International Relations and Diplomacy programme on exchange programme in The Hague University of Applied Sciences are expected to undertake during their exchange year.

The equivalent modules and their European credit tariffs are:

  • Public International Law – 5 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (Optional)
  • Legal Dimension of Europe– 5 ECTS (Optional)

Classically, in the writings of such as Vattel in the 18th Century, the state is the main subject of international law. The contemporary state is threatened in various directions: ethnic conflict, international financial speculation, the drugs trade, terrorism, to name a few. The question arises, therefore, is the classical conception on international law still valid given modern global realities. To this end, the module explores and challenges the basic concepts of public international law – the state, treaty as a source of public international law, the role of custom, territorial and jurisdictional sovereignty, diplomatic law, non-intervention and a state's right to self-defence, against the practical concepts under which these have to now be applied.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5SL523

Globalisation and Social Change

The concept of ‘globalisation’ is one of the most prominent - and controversial - ideas current in contemporary social science. We will begin with an overview of the contribution of major social theorists to debates about the nature and impact of globalisation and in particular social networks of communication and cultures of consumption. We will focus on the development of a global capitalist economy and the impact of globalisation on everyday working lives. We will investigate forms of, and challenges to global culture and expose the hierarchies of identity that permeate global power relations. Throughout the module, we will critically evaluate the extent to which global phenomena are experienced evenly around the globe and question if national dimensions of power are waning.

Through contemporary case studies we will look at the construction of ‘global threats’ such as terrorism, the reality of global pandemics - and the grave danger posed by a lack of effective global institutions. More recently the nature of the threat presented by global warming has provided sociologists with stark insights into the nature of social change. Is the ‘environmental threat’ better understood as a social - rather than straightforwardly biological - problem that is a matter of definition and social and political construction - demanding a ‘global’ response and the development of a ‘global’ consciousness? Finally we will investigate the nature of social change and reconfigurations of individualisation and community in a digital age.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5SL532

Hague Module 8 - Globalisation and Social Change

This is a container module that relates to the course of study and equivalent modules Derby students on International Relations and Diplomacy programme on Exchange programme in The Hague University of Applied Sciences are expected to undertake during their exchange year. The equivalent modules and their European credit tariffs are: - Nation and Identity in Contemporary Europe - 5 ects (Optional) - Ethics - 3 ects - Comparative Public Administration - 3 ects (Optional)

The concept of ‘globalisation’ is one of the most prominent - and controversial - ideas current in contemporary social science. We will begin with an overview of the contribution of major social theorists to debates about the nature and impact of globalisation and in particular social networks of communication and cultures of consumption. We will focus on the development of a global capitalist economy and the impact of globalisation on everyday working lives. We will investigate forms of, and challenges to global culture and expose the hierarchies of identity that permeate global power relations. Throughout the module we will critically evaluate the extent to which global phenomena are experienced evenly around the globe and question if national dimensions of power are waning.

Through contemporary case studies we will look at the construction of ‘global threats’ such as terrorism, the reality of global pandemics - and the grave danger posed by a lack of effective global institutions. More recently the nature of the threat presented by global warming has provided sociologists with stark insights into the nature of social change. Is the ‘environmental threat’ better understood as a social - rather than straightforwardly biological - problem that is a matter of definition and social and political construction - demanding a ‘global’ response and the development of a ‘global’ consciousness? Finally we will investigate the nature of social change and reconfigurations of individualisation and community in a digital age.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6IR500

International Security

This modules aims at developing students’ critical understanding and knowledge of international security. The challenges facing the world in relation to issues such as ethnic conflict, genocide, global terrorism, jihadists, religious extremism, national/regional uprising and violent protests, among other security issues, are examined from different perspectives.

The module employs both empirical and theoretical approaches to the question of how best to maintain world peace and security, especially post 9/11. The threat posed by armed and extremist groups such as the Islamic State in Syria (ISIS) are discussed in the module within the context of global terrorism and the western governments’ approaches to the war on terror.

The module also covers issues such as environmental, social and economic insecurity in some parts of the world in relation to access to resources. The tension created by the growing gap between those with huge access to resources and those with little or no access resulting in political discontent, ethnic conflict, uprising, international migration etc is covered with reference to the Arab Spring. The module also examines the role of civil society, community/religious leaders, national governments and non-governmental organisations in promoting global peace and security.

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20 Credits
core
Coursework

Code: 6IR999

Independent Study in International Relations and Diplomacy

This module enables students to initiate and undertake a piece of independent research in international relations and diplomacy.

Within the context of an independent (but tutor supported) research study, the student will carry out the five-step process of

  • identifying a research topic and setting the research questions
  • undertake research design by setting goals and targets for carrying out the research, with the support from an academic supervisor
  • source and collect essential data/information required
  • analyse, synthesise and evaluate the data/information collected, and
  • write an academic report of about 10,000 words on the findings.

As a PDP module, this exercise aims at develop students’ ability to think critically and independently by undertaking a self-directed research involving setting of goals, setting of interim targets, plan-implementation and review of progress. 

The research study represents an opportunity for the student to exercise initiative, creative thinking, time management and organisational skills in the pursuit of an independent piece of work of his/her choosing. All research proposals and topics are subject to approval on academic, safety and ethical grounds. Central to the research study will be a degree of problem solving, the formulation and testing of hypotheses and the critical evaluation of relevant theory. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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40 Credits
core
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6IR501

International Economic Relations

The module will examine the economic and jurisprudential justification for engaging in multilateral trading and how this current framework of international economic relation aligns with realising the economic, social political and cultural sovereignty of the members of the international community.

The module will further explore the economic tenets of contemporary international economic relationships in order to critically evaluate their impact on rights to development. In these contexts, the module will be examining the status of International economic relations, in particular the tension between global institutions and United Nations and other actors.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6IR502

Arbitration and International Dispute Resolution

The module will critically examine the tools available in international law for the resolution of disputes between states, citizens and organisations. The module will evaluate the dispute resolution system under public international law and private international law. This module will also critically evaluate the issues of access in those dispute resolution systems.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6IR503

Global Watch: International Events and the Media

Almost everyone watches TV, regularly reads a daily newspaper, news website or app and often discusses what goes on in the world. The media play an important and sometimes controversial role in international affairs and global development. What we watch, hear or read from the media often shapes our views on and perspectives on international events. This module examines the role of the media in international politics and development.

The module evaluates factors of control and power by the media in galvanising and shaping public opinions on issues of national and international significance. It uses case studies from both print and electronic media to illustrate how mass communication facilities are used for political activism, forge public consensus and debate and influence development policy. The module seeks to evaluate the media coverage of international events and global development issues and highlights particular problems with the way the ‘Third World’ is portrayed by the Western media. The module involves a discussion of theories surrounding media debates and the extent to which media representations may have a positive or negative impact on global development process. The module is assessed by 100% coursework.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6IR504

Internship/Vocational Module

This module provides opportunity for students to undertake internship and work-based experience with any international institutions, government and non-governmental organisations, embassies and other organisations of their choosing whose work relates specifically to International Relations and Diplomacy. With the approval of the module leader and the subject leader, students are able to undertake a work-based placement for a minimum three-week duration, to develop their experience and practical knowledge in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy.

Through this placement, students will be exposed, under close supervision, to the practice of International Relations and Diplomacy through real-work scenarios. Students will be able to engage with any work or project relating to professional practice in the field of international relations, diplomacy, national and international security, conflict resolution and other areas of national and international politics.

At the end of the placement, students will be required to submit a logbook detailing their internship activities and a report incorporating deep reflection on your personal experiences during the placement. The report may relate to wider issues such as the objectives, structure and procedures of the institution concerned, and the student’s role as an intern within the organisation or institution.

This report must be of a depth commensurate with Level 6 study. The placement work must relate to International Relations and Diplomacy and must not overlap with Independent Study in International Relations and Diplomacy module in respect either of location or topic. The module is assessed by 100% coursework, and it is a through-year module.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical

Code: 6LA517

International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law is arguably one of the most dynamic, far reaching and successful areas of international law. Growing international concern about human rights abuses can be seen to stem from the anti-slavery movement in the early 19th century through increased protection for the victims of war to modern day concerns arising from the aftermath of both world wars. This being said, certain areas of human rights protection remain controversial especially when behaviours are culturally entrenched.

This module addresses the development of human rights protection through the consideration of a variety of international instruments and assessing their impact and efficacy in eradicating abuses. Through a series of case studies students will address areas of modern concern and assess the enforcement of human rights norms at both regional and international level.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6SL523

Gender and Inequality in the Global Age

How does globalisation affect the lives and status of women in the world? How do the processes of economic restructuring, political instability, environmental degradation and cultural change impact upon women - particularly in the ‘developing’ world? Does globalisation distinguish between men and women as it appears to do between rich and poor? How divergent are life expectancies and experiences of violence for men, women, boys and girls? How do constructions of boyhood and girlhood impact on access to education or protection from militarism or sexual abuse? Six case studies will form a central pillar of the module: and reflect changing pressures throughout life stages across the globe focusing on: female infanticide and discrimination in China; education and girlhood in Pakistan; exploitation and forced labour in Europe, masculinity and sexual violence in Latin America, access to water in Africa and women’s health globally.

We will ask if understandings of patriarchy and feminism are shared across borders and illustrate interconnections of age, culture and tradition. We will assess what commonalities might exist in how gendered inequalities are experienced and resisted? How dominant are Western and postcolonial signifiers of innocence and vulnerability, strength and paternalism in everyday and institutional responses to inequality? In conclusion, what is the outlook for greater empowerment and progress?

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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

We nurture an atmosphere in which your enthusiasm for reading, writing and debating about international relations, diplomacy and world affairs will flourish as you progress through the course.

You will enjoy a student-centred and varied learning experience which employs different approaches including:

We encourage active student participation in a relaxed, inclusive environment where you can learn from each other and with each other.

How you are assessed

Most core modules in the BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy are assessed entirely by coursework which incorporates a variety of tasks and modes such as:

Who you’ll meet

We pride ourselves on being approachable, welcoming and supportive. A personal tutor will help and advise you throughout your degree, providing an exceptional level of support which has been commended by external examiners.

Our teaching team is made up of highly qualified, experienced and research-active lecturers. They are committed to exploring the broad interdisciplinary aspects of the subject but all have their own individual areas of expertise, publication and research interests. They include:

Dr Francesco Belcastro

Dr Franc Jegede

Dr Lesley Masters

Dr Paul White

Dr Helen Brocklehurst

Rachael Ita

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

Dr Francesco Belcastro
Programme leader

Francesco Belcastro is a Lecturer and the programme leader of International Relations at the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences here at the University of Derby. He is currently the admissions tutor for International Relations and Diplomacy. He is also a Fellow of the Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in any Social Science subject such as Politics, History, Sociology or Geography at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
IELTS6.0 (with 5.5 in each skills area)
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

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International

£14,045 per year

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Additional costs and optional extras

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

The BA (Hons) International Relations and Diplomacy sets you apart as an independent and confident individual who can see the world from multiple perspectives. Your understanding of the complex relationships between governments internationally will prepare you for career success in an era when business operations are becoming increasingly global.

The work-based learning experience you gain on the degree will help you build an impressive CV and make you highly competitive in the graduate employment market. You will be able to show prospective employers that you are adept at linking theories to practice.

Your career opportunities could span to organisations such as government embassies, international agencies, international development organisations, public and voluntary bodies, and transnational corporations.  You will also be well equipped for roles in the private sector and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) including teaching, political analysis, media, law, the civil service and the uniformed services. 

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Further study

You could consider taking your studies to the next level and if you have a particular interest in research, our MRes Social Sciences and Humanities enables you to undertake an original research project in a specialist area of your choice. We also offer a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) Understanding Radicalisation which explores vital issues around terrorism, security and intelligence and our MSc Intelligence Security and Disaster Management develops your professional focus and ability in emergency preparedness, resilience and response.

As a graduate of the University of Derby, you can benefit from a 25% Alumni discount on your postgraduate course fees. Terms and conditions apply.

“I have been able to immerse myself into a world of research and study in areas that I am passionate about. I really respect every academic who has taught me. They are very approachable and have a great sense of humor which is so important when doing a course as intense as a Masters.” Danielle Roe, MA Social and Political Studies.

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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.

Additional costs and optional extras

We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, excellent facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.

The information below is correct for entry in the academic year September 2020 - August 2021 only. Entry for future academic years may be subject to change.

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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.

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