BA (Hons) International Politics

General

Program Description

For exceptional circumstances, we're offering an 80% scholarship for the first year of our 3 undergraduate programs. The next 2 years, though, students will pay the ordinary tuition fee (£6,000 per year). No differentiation between national and international students.

Our Programs are designed to be completely delivered online at student's own pace and this will be - by the way - the only option available for the 1st academic year starting by the 3rd week of January 2021.

COVID allowing, the students will be permitted (under TIER 4 Student Visas) to come to London the next 2 (or one of next two, as they prefer) academic years since our Programs are validated by Open University both distance learning and F2F.

In today’s complex world modern states need political leaders, IR specialists, and active global citizens capable to find ways to adapt nations to new challenges and changing relations so as to provide their people with the core values of security, freedom, justice and welfare.

This degree is designed to teach you about the interconnected levels of politics – from local to national and international – and benefit from an intellectually stimulating programme which will give you an advanced understanding of global politics in the contemporary world. The programme is centred on enhancing students’ knowledge of key theories and complex issues in international politics. Through academic excellence and a work-based approach, the curriculum aims to offer all the fundamental skills and professional development that future professionals in the field may require. You will investigate issues such as the role of the United States and the United Nations, financial crises, Middle East politics, genocide, humanitarian intervention, terrorism and fundamentalism.

This programme is designed to form future embassy and foreign service officers, political aides, journalists, media analysts, policy advisors, market researchers, speechwriters, charity officers, foreign aid workers, fundraisers, and scholars.

We also care for the future employment choices of students. Due to the very wide range of international relations careers, our Student Placement Office informs students of internship opportunities at private and public sector and non-profits organisations throughout the year.

International Politics Degree: why study at NCIUL?

In an era of unprecedented social and political upheaval in the modern world, the study of international politics is highly relevant.

Our programme introduces students to the role that political ideologies have played in shaping our understanding of international politics in the past and today. You will also learn about the description and explanation of power, alliances, regionalism, European, US, Asian, and Middle Eastern politics, international security, the role of international organisations, trade, globalisation and the transformation of the political community.

Our BA in International Politics promotes critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity with respect to international politics.

At NCIUL you will learn from the leading research of faculty staff in their specialist areas from “Post-Communist Russia”, “International Political Economy” to “American Politics” and “Government and Politics of China”. That will enable you to acquire an advanced understanding of contemporary social, political and economic issues.

We are located in London, the global hub of international non-governmental organisations, international finance, and trans-Atlantic relations, which puts us at the heart of the UK’s political and business life and at the centre of academic London.

Also, NCIUL’s location will enable you to participate in lectures, workshops, talks and political events in the capital and expand your knowledge beyond the classroom.

This vibrant city will allow you to combine your studies with an interesting social and cultural life.

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What will you be studying?

These are some of the topics you will cover: 

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
You will complete introductory modules, such as: Builds upon the knowledge gained in Year 1 and you will complete: In your final year, you will complete a dissertation under expert supervision on a topic of your choosing relevant to the programme themes. You will also take the following core modules:
  • Introduction to International Relations
  • 20th Century International History
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Problems in Global Politics
  • Political Economy
  • Geopolitics
  • International Law
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Islamic History
  • British Government and Politics
  • Government and Politics of the Middle East 

Plus, you can choose 4 of the following modules:

  • Genocide
  • Statecraft and Diplomacy
  • 20th Century European Politics and Foreign Relations
  • American Politics
  • Strategic Management
  • Global Business Planning
  • Terrorism and Fundamentalism in the 20th & 21st Centuries
  • Post Communist Russia
  • Democratic Systems

Plus, you will have to choose 2 from the following modules:

  • History of Economic Thought
  • Government and Politics of China
  • International Migration
  • International Migration and Refugee Law
  • Africa and Globalisation

Modes of Delivery

The BA (Hons) International Politics seeks prospective students interested in different modes of delivery.

On their application form, students will indicate their preferred mode of delivery; meaning:

  • Either they choose to register as distance learners or as Face-to-Face students.
  • Either they choose to be full time or part-time students.

At the beginning of each year, this choice may be rectified compiling a specific form, made available through the Student Office. In exceptional cases, a change in pathways can be granted during the academic year- this will be determined on a case by case basis by the Associate Dean.

The different mode of delivery are detailed as follows:

Face-to-face Students

They will experience a traditional UK learning environment, within an international context and will attend face-to-face lectures and seminars in our London classrooms. They will have access to a variety of physical and online resources. Assessment will be continuous and will consist of both formative and summative assignments, some of which will be completed individually and some will be completed in a team.

  • Face-to-face students will have access to a VLE which may contain, where appropriate:
  • Occasional specialised lectures to facilitate revision and students with special needs. When appropriate, lecturers may audio record their lessons (in whole or part) and upload them as a podcast.
  • Personal Page with information about modules, scores, assessment, feedback (written and in form of voice message)
  • Other important guidelines/policies such as institutional policies or academic guidance
  • A link to Turnitin and/or Ithenticate for assignment submission (and out plagiarism check)
  • A link to other online resource centres (for example Oxford University Press, Pearson and more)
  • A link to databases and e-journal subscriptions
  • A chat room/forum groups to interact with other peers, regardless of their status (distance learning students or Face-to-face students)
  • Tutoring
  • Help Desk support (in case they require help in finding information, uploading assignments and similar)

Distance Learners

They are typically students residing in the UK or abroad, who wish to study more flexibly, perhaps due to other personal and/or work commitments. These students are able to access online materials through extensive VLE.

Through this system, distance learners will also be given plenty of opportunities to interact with tutors, members of staff and other students. Distance learners will be able to connect with online and traditional peers through a chat room feature in their VLE Personal Page and be able to build invaluable skills through collaborative assessment, such as team challenges and team projects. In order to ensure fairness, quality and equity between these different modes of delivery, distance learners may be able to attend intensive seminar opportunities programmed during weekends, or whenever possible through other means in real-time.

At the beginning of each module, distance learning students will be provided with a list of lectures and seminars they are invited to attend in person. Specific timings for these events will be provided well in advance.

Distance learners will also have access to online databases, e-journal subscriptions, ebook collection, a variety of formative assessments and additional reading materials to discuss with their personal tutor and/or module leader. Our staff is fully committed to facilitating their learning experience by providing timely feedback and additional office hours through Skype, according to staff and student availability.

Distance Learners may be able to access the following on the VLE:

  • Recordings of lectures and seminars.
  • Additional specialised lectures that complement the static lecture recordings. When appropriate, lecturers may audio record their lessons (in whole or part) and upload them as a podcast, to support students with special needs and facilitate revision. This more intensive opportunity will provide them with a clearer understanding of the topics covered in a structured way, without the need to compromise on the interaction and discussion opportunities that may arise during traditional lessons.
  • Lecturer’s notes given in booklet form that will advise on material for further reading or study and other useful suggestions to enhance knowledge.
  • Self-evaluation questions divided into lectures and topics covered during the teacher’s class.
  • Personal Page with information about modules, scores, assessment, feedback (written and in form of voice message).
  • Other important guidelines/policies such as institutional policies or academic guidance.
  • A link to Turnitin and/or Ithenticate for assignment submission (and out plagiarism check).
  • A link to other online resource centres (for example Oxford University Press, Pearson and more).
  • A link to databases and e-journal subscriptions.
  • A chat room/forum groups to interact with other peers, regardless of their status (distance learning students or face-to-face students). Distance students can use these groups to work in collaboration with other students.
  • Help Desk support (in case they require help in finding information, uploading assignments and similar).

NCIUL is committed to supporting student studies and if students have additional learning requirements, we will do our best to accommodate them.

Full-time Students: both distance learners and face-to-face students can apply for full-time programme.

Part-time Students: both distance learners and face-to-face students can apply for a part-time mode of delivery. In that case, students will find all the information they need in relation to programme structure and module specification in their Welcome Package.

It is only possible to change your mode of delivery (either face-to-face classes or distance learning), at the beginning of the year (January for January starts and September for September starters). This can be done by completing a form available through the Student Office and authorised by the Dean.

Academic support

During your studies, you will be taking part in a vibrant student experience, on a safe and welcoming campus and online community. During your time at NCIUL, we’ll do everything we can to support you.

All undergraduate students will be allocated a personal tutor or academic advisor who will support you during your academic progression as well as your personal and professional development. Tutors are an invaluable source of information and represent a ‘port in the storm’ for students experiencing problems as varied as, for example, copying with a disability, physical illness, mental health issues, bereavement, financial problems, demotivation all of which can impact directly on your academic performance.

Your academic advisor will assist you by:

  • Ensuring students make the most of their time at NCIUL.
  • Assisting students to develop responsibility for their own academic progress.
  • Encouraging and assisting with a reflection on progress to date.
  • Discussing any problems you might have, including personal problems.
  • Liaising with other members of academic and professional staff as appropriate.
  • Providing general information regarding examinations and attendance.

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Career Pathways 

Like other social science disciplines, international politics teaches methods of analysis that are useful in personal and professional life.

We’ll provide you with the kinds of intellectual skills that are attractive to many employers as you will gain deep knowledge and understanding of the principles involved in ethical and responsible decision making in politics and foreign affairs.

International politics makes students good candidates for a job in almost any area, and its graduates are to be found in banking (often in emerging markets or risk analysis), as well as the foreign service, non-governmental and non-profit organisations, media and journalism, diplomacy, law-related professions, consulting, research and policy think tanks and academia.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of three passes at GCE A level at grade C or above, and five passes at GCSE/IGCSE at grade C or above including English and Maths.

The following qualifications are also accepted:

  • Five Scottish Highers
  • Five Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Italian Maturità
  • German Abitur
  • French Baccalaureate
  • Swedish Slutbetyg
  • US High School Diploma with 3 APs at grade 3 or 2 APs at grade 4.

International Baccalaureate Full Diploma or Other equivalent international qualifications as outlined by the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC). For any queries, students are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office.

Language requirements: evidence of English language ability, e.g., Toefl minimum 85 (internet-based) or 550 (paper-based); IELTS minimum 6.0. In case language requirements are not met immediately (i.e. IELTS 5.5), NC IUL reserves the right to provide or request the student to participate to an intensive full-time course before the beginning of the first term.

The Institution uses the ECTS system which recognises studies completed at European Universities. 1 ECTS equals to 2 credits.

The Institution accepts applications during the whole year for online students; for those who wish to attend lectures at London Campus, specific requirements will be arranged in order to facilitate students’ entry.

Transfers from other universities is also accepted. NCIUL will accept students that demonstrate clear academic propension and drive for professional development, in accordance with its policies and aims. NCIUL expects to have a significant amount of students from Italy, and from those European and worldwide countries fascinated by the opportunity to engage in the vibrant environment of London.

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