BA in International Studies (Honours)
Our world is divided into different societies. Yet it is increasingly interconnected. Relationships between nations, companies, cultures and individuals extend across regions and the globe. This course explores the political, economic and cultural issues that these complex interconnections create – focusing on international politics, diplomacy, cooperation, war and security; international economics and development; cultural and religious interactions between different societies; and global environmental problems.
Key features of the course
- Considers the overall political make-up of the international system
- Investigates sources of order and disorder within it
- Emphasises development issues and the challenges faced by developing countries
- Applicable to a wide range of career paths
International Studies is concerned with analysing and understanding the fact that our world is made up of many different, interacting societies and the relationships between different states and countries. As an academic discipline its origins are in politics and its core concerns range from international politics, diplomacy, cooperation, war and security to international economics and development; from cultural and religious interactions between different societies to the international spread of technology and environmental problems. International Studies is also concerned with questions of the overall character and political make-up of the international system as a whole, and the sources of order and disorder within it, as well as the distinct political, economic and cultural aspects of this. International Studies as an academic subject often goes under alternative labels such as International Relations or Politics and International Relations.
This is a broad-based degree in International Studies drawing on a number of other academic disciplines. Your studies will:
- introduce you to the key concerns and tools of study in contemporary international studies, with a particular emphasis on the ways in which these can be informed by an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing especially on politics and international relations, development studies and economics
- increase and develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of issues, processes and institutions operating in the contemporary international system in such fields as international politics, development, international economics, cultural and moral orders and the field of technology
- enable you to develop the skills and confidence necessary to make critical, informed evaluations and judgements about questions of international politics and policy
- provide you with the materials, support, guidance and opportunities you need to develop as an independent learner
- equip you with a range of practical, professional and key skills that you can articulate to employers.
We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:
- Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
- If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
- Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
- The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.
NB: Prices are subject to change.
How long does it take?
- Part time – 6 years
- Full time – 3 years
- Time limit – 16 years
An international studies degree is applicable to a wide range of professions in the private and public sectors, including international agencies and government bodies (national and European), businesses and non-governmental organisations. Choosing one of the language options may add further to your professional opportunities.
There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree. You will however need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
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