Name of Programme
BA (Hons) International Studies
Final Award
BA (Hons)
Location
Buckingham
Awarding Institution/Body
University Of Buckingham
Teaching Institution
University Of Buckingham
School of Study
School of Humanities and Social Sciences [Economics and International Studies]
Programme Code(s)
UBAF9SIN / Full Time / 2 Years and 1 Term
UBAF2SIN / Full Time / 2 Years
Professional Body Accreditation
N/A
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
QAA SBS: Economics (2015)
QAA SBS: Law (2015)
Admission Criteria
A-level: BBB-BCC (or equivalent)
IB: 32-30 (or equivalent)
National Diploma: DMM
UCAS tariff: 112
Applicable Cohort(s)
Winter 2021
FHEQ Level
6
UCAS Code
L900
Summary of Programme
An important feature of the modern world which is widely recognised and commented upon by business people, journalists, politicians, diplomats, teachers and virtually anyone with the alertness to look about them, is its increasing inter-dependence and ‘internationalisation’. Your ability to read this message on the World Wide Web is itself a manifestation of the power of ideas to transcend national boundaries with great rapidity and at low cost. Technology has proved to be an agent that encourages co-operation across national boundaries. Technological developments in transport, telecommunications and computing have encouraged economic changes such as the decline in barriers to trade, the internationalisation of financial markets, the rise of global companies, and a massive increase in the volume of international trade in goods and services. These trends have been accompanied by political developments such as the rise of regional trading groupings of countries, international efforts to agree about common legal and technical rules to govern business dealings, arguments about ‘tax competition’ between countries, as well as increasing concern about the environmental consequences associated with world economic development. Enormous social tensions arise as these international forces come into conflict with long established ways of doing things in every country. Political and social systems are in a continuous process of adjustment to an increasingly open world.
The International Studies programme at Buckingham gives you an opportunity to learn about these fundamental problems. With students coming to Buckingham from over 80 countries, it is an ideal environment to learn about matters of international concern and to discuss them with people from differing cultural backgrounds. The programme is inter-disciplinary and covers economic, political, legal, historical and cultural dimensions. Graduates from the International Studies programme will have acquired a knowledge of economics sufficient to analyse and understand the global marketplace; a familiarity with political systems in a range of different countries; and a good historical understanding of how the international framework has evolved over time.
Students wishing to pursue careers in the media, journalism, international business, politics, diplomacy or education should find the programme very attractive for their first degree.
Educational Aims of the Programme
1. To provide students with the opportunity to study a set of social-science disciplines including history, politics and economics.
2. To provide coherence to the programme by focussing on matters of international concern including international trade and development, comparative political systems, international relations and contemporary international history.
3. To create an environment in which students can investigate issues of international concern using the skills and knowledge acquired from the separate disciplines.
4. To create a forum in which inter-disciplinary discussion can take place and students can assess the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Understanding of economic principles and their application to problems of international concern.
2. Appreciation of the historical roots of the modern international system.
3. Basic concepts of normative and positive political analysis.
4. Knowledge of political systems of major regions including the US, Europe, Greater China and Japan.
5. An understanding of alternative approaches to International Relations

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Structured lecture courses in the various areas.
2. Small group tutorials.
3. Essay writing.
4. Inter-disciplinary discussion groups

Assessment Strategy

1. Methods of assessment may vary between courses.
2. In general, 20 per cent of the available marks accrue to coursework and 80 per cent are awarded for performance in a written examination.
3. A written project can substitute for one 15-unit course.
4. Performance in a discussion group is assessed and may count for up to 20 per cent of the available marks.
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. Improved powers of analysis and deductive reasoning.
2. Awareness of the uses and limitations of abstraction and model building.
3. Appreciation of the complexity of international problems.
4. Ability to distinguish between useful abstraction and misleading oversimplification.
5. Heightened awareness of differences in culture, historical context, values and political structures.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Courses in different disciplines reinforce each other.
2. Feedback on essay technique.

Assessment Strategy

1. Methods of assessment may vary between courses.
2. In general, 20 per cent of the available marks accrue to coursework and 80 per cent are awarded for performance in a written examination.
3. A written dissertation can substitute for up to 30-unit module.
4. Performance in a discussion group is assessed and may count for up to 20 per cent of the available marks.
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

1. Ability to deploy reasoned argument both verbally and in writing.
2. Ability to apply key economic concepts to problems of international concern.
3. Ability to organise time and to work independently.
4. Ability to locate and use information from international sources.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Small group tutorials
2. Essay writing
3. Use of discussion groups
4. Preparation for weekly tutorials in the various courses.
5. Submission of written coursework.

Assessment Strategy

1. Methods of assessment may vary between courses.
2. In general, 20 per cent of the available marks accrue to coursework and 80 per cent are awarded for performance in a written examination.
3. A written project can substitute for up to 30-unit module.
4. Performance in a discussion group is assessed and may count for up to 20 per cent of the available marks.
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link);
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) (Link);
• Other (list)
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes, content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the departmental or programme handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by the University of Buckingham and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Date of Production
2013; Revised Autumn 2019; IQP Winter 2021
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
2013; Revised Autumn 2019; IQP Winter 2021
Date approved by School Board of Study
July 2013; Revised Autumn 2019; IQP Winter 2021
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
August 2013; Revised Autumn 2019; IQP Winter 2021
Date of Annual Review
In line with the university annual monitoring review process

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

BA (Hons) International Studies

UBAF2SIN / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Principles of Microeconomics [L4/15U] (HUFPMIC)
Tudors and Stuarts [L4/15U] (HUFTSTU)
Government and Politics of the UK and the US [L5/15U] (HUFGVP5)
Term 2
Spring
Principles of Macroeconomics [L4/15U] (HUFPMAC)
The Age of Revolutions [L5/15U] (HUFAREV)
The European Union in the International System [L4/15U] (HUFEUIS)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 3
Summer
The European Century 1815-1914 [L5/15U] (HUF1815)
Free Choice - 15 units [L5/15U] (FREE115) **
Political Communication [L4/15U] (HUFPLC4)
Term 4
Autumn
Europe in Conflict 1914-1945 [L5/15U] (HUFH20C)
Warfare and Welfare: Britain's Twentieth Century [L5/15U] (HUFH20U)
Introduction to Political Theory [L4/15U] (HUFINPT)
Part 1 Examination
Term 5
Winter
Three of:
Freedom [L5/15U]
International Law [L6/30U]
Regulation and Privatisation [L6/15U]
Free Choice - 15 units [L5/15U]
Theories of Empire and India [L6/15U] (ISMJXXXX40) ***
Term 6
Spring
Three of:
Freedom [L5/15U]
International Law [L6/30U]
Regulation and Privatisation [L6/15U]
Free Choice - 15 units [L5/15U]
Theories of Empire and India [L6/15U] (ISMJXXXX40) ***
(Continued)
Three of:
Political Psychology [L6/15U]
Issues in Developing Economies and the MENA region [L6/15U]
Africa and the Dominions [L6/15U]
Economics of the Labour market [L6/15U]
Politics of Latin America [L5/15U]
Government and Politics of China [L6/15U] (ISMJXXXX41) *
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 7
Summer
Three of:
International Economics [L6/15U]
Politics of the Middle East - Issues and Themes [L5/15U]
Free Choice - 15 units [L5/15U]
Dissertation (International Studies) [L6/15U]
Cuban Politics [L6/15U] (ISMJXXXX42) ****
Term 8
Autumn
Three of:
Philosophy and Social Science [L6/15U]
International Relations: Theories and Concepts [L6/15U]
The Economics of Europe [L5/15U]
US Foreign Policy in the Post Cold War Era [L5/15U]
Dissertation (International Studies) [L6/15U] (ISMJXXXX43) *****
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination

** Level 4 or 5 Free Choice module
*** Level 5 or 6 Free Choice module. International Law continued into Spring term.
* International Law continued from Winter term.
**** Level 5 or 6 Free Choice module. The Dissertation may be 15 units in one term or 30 units over two terms.
***** The Dissertation may be 15 units in one term or 30 units over two terms.


Note: A dissertation on an approved topic may be substituted for a written examination in ONE Part 2 elective with the approval of the lecturer concerned and the Head of Department.

 

BA (Hons) International Studies

UBAF9SIN / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Principles of Macroeconomics [L4/15U] (HUFPMAC)
Introduction to Political Theory [L4/15U] (HUFINPT)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 2
Winter
Principles of Microeconomics [L4/15U] (HUFPMIC)
Government and Politics of the UK and the US [L5/15U] (HUFGVP5)
Term 3
Spring
The Age of Revolutions [L5/15U] (HUFAREV)
The European Union in the International System [L4/15U] (HUFEUIS)
Preliminary 2 Examination
Term 4
Summer
International Economics [L6/15U] (HUFIECN)
Free Choice - 15 units [L5/15U] (FREE115) ***
Political Communication [L4/15U] (HUFPLC4)
Term 5
Autumn
The Economics of Europe [L5/15U] (HUFEEUR)
Warfare and Welfare: Britain's Twentieth Century [L5/15U] (HUFH20U)
US Foreign Policy in the Post Cold War Era [L5/15U] (HUFUSPC)
Part 1 Examination
Term 6
Winter
Three of:
Freedom [L5/15U]
International Law [L6/30U]
Regulation and Privatisation [L6/15U]
Theories of Empire and India [L6/15U] (ISMJXX15) **
Term 7
Spring
Three of:
Freedom [L5/15U]
International Law [L6/30U]
Regulation and Privatisation [L6/15U]
Theories of Empire and India [L6/15U] (ISMJXX15) **
(Continued)
Three of:
Political Psychology [L6/15U]
Issues in Developing Economies and the MENA region [L6/15U]
Africa and the Dominions [L6/15U]
Economics of the Labour market [L6/15U]
Politics of Latin America [L5/15U]
Government and Politics of China [L6/15U] (ISMJXXXX41) *
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 8
Summer
Three of:
The Rise of the Dictators [L5/15U]
Politics of the Middle East - Issues and Themes [L5/15U]
Free Choice - 15 units [L5/15U]
Dissertation (International Studies) [L6/15U]
Cuban Politics [L6/15U] (ISMJXXXX44) ****
Term 9
Autumn
Three of:
Appeasement and War [L5/15U]
Philosophy Of Social Science [L6/15U]
International Relations: Theories and Concepts [L6/15U]
Free Choice - 15 units [L5/15U]
Dissertation (International Studies) [L6/15U] (ISMJXXXX45) *****
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination

*** Level 4 or 5 Free Choice module
** International Law continued into Spring term.
* International Law continued from Winter term.
**** Level 5 or 6 Free Choice module. The Dissertation may be 15 units over one term or 30 units over two terms.
***** Level 5 or 6 Free Choice module. The Dissertation may be 15 units over one term or 30 units over two terms.


Note: A dissertation on an approved topic may be substituted for a written examination in ONE Part 2 elective with the approval of the lecturer concerned and the Head of Department.