Name of Programme
BA (Hons) International Relations [Flexible Honours]
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)
UBAF9SIRF / Full Time / 2 Years and 1 Term
UBAF2SIRF / Full Time / 2 Years
Professional Body Accreditation
N/A
Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement (SBS)
QAA SBS: Politics and International Relations (2015);
QAA SBS: Languages, Cultures and Societies (2015)
Admission Criteria
A-level: BBB-BCC (or equivalent)
IB: 32-30 (or equivalent)
National Diploma: DMM
UCAS tariff: 112
Applicable Cohort(s)
Winter 2022
FHEQ Level
6
UCAS Code
L2Y0
Summary of Programme
The programme aims to provide a rigorous and wide-ranging education in the study of international relations, combined a range of free choices. The programme encompasses significant aspects of international relations as set out in the latest national Politics and International Benchmark statement: international relations theory; history of the international system; foreign policy analysis; area studies.
Educational Aims of the Programme
Students who graduate with a degree in International Relations (Flexible Honours) will have acquired:
• A general knowledge of comparative and international political analysis, combined with an appreciation of the economic context of international politics;
• A detailed knowledge of international political institutions;
• An ability to evaluate international political systems and theories, and analyse critically the arguments of scholarly authorities;
• The disposition to approach any subject of enquiry in an open-minded, rigorous and undogmatic manner and the skill to construct arguments and express their own views in a logical and lucid fashion.
Programme Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

1. International political system.
2. Normative and non-normative theories of international politics.
3. Area studies.
4. Foreign policy, and the relationship between domestic and international politics.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. The broad range of modules ensures that students cover the areas outlined under ‘knowledge and understanding’.
2. Lectures provide an overview of each of the areas.
3. Small group tutorials facilitate focused discussion of the material introduced in the lectures.
4. The use of internet resources, such as Moodle, facilitate independent study.
5. The availability of staff ensures that students get the necessary support successfully to complete their studies.

Assessment Strategy

1. Module essays facilitate researched (referenced) writing.
2. Unseen examinations require students to formulate arguments in a focused way under time constraints.
3. In-class tests in some modules ensure students have done the necessary reading/preparation.
4. Presentations in some modules test students’ ability to develop an argument verbally.
5. Formative assessment – presentations, class discussion – provide feedback so students can ascertain their progress.
Programme Outcomes

Cognitive Skills

1. Demonstrate critical thinking, including the ability to form an argument, detect fallacies, and martial evidence, about key issues in international politics;
2. Linguistic competence;
3. Distinguish substantive and methodological issues;
4. Grasp the distinction between normative and non-normative issues;
5. Accurately employ empirical evidence.

Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. The broad range of modules (especially skills 2 and 4).
2. Lectures (especially skills 1, 3, 4, 5)
3. Small group tutorials (especially skills 1, 3, 4 and 5)
4. The use of internet resources, such as moodle (especially skill 5)
5. Staff availability (especially skills 1, 3, 4 and 5).

Assessment Strategy

1. Module essays (especially skills 1 and 5).
2. Unseen examinations (especially skills 1 and 5).
3. In-class tests (especially skills 1 and 5).
4. Presentations (especially skills 1, 3, 4, 5).
5. Formative assessment – presentations, class discussion (especially skills 1, 3, 4 and 5).
Programme Outcomes

Practical/Transferable Skills

1. Engage in conceptual analysis;
2. Write a coherent piece of work;
3. Appraise published work;
4. Communicate
5. Assess opposing points of view;
6. Use effectively the internet.
7. Make a presentation;
8. Undertake research;
9. Synthesise data;
10. Manage time.






Teaching/Learning Strategy

1. Preparation for tutorials (skills 1, 2, 3, 7 and 10).
2. Attendance and participation in the lecture (skills 1, 3, 5 and 10).
3. Tutorial participation (especially skills 4 and 7).
4. Use of moodle and other web resources (skills 3, 5, 6 and 8).
5. Organisation of the course (sequential development of arguments and introduction of material) (skills 3 and 5).

Assessment Strategy

1. Unseen examinations (skills 1, 2, 5 and 10).
2. Essays (skills 3, 8, 9, 10).
3. MCQ and other in-class tests (skills 3 and 10).
4. Informal (formative) feedback on class participation (skill 4).
External Reference Points
• Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (Link);
• Relevant Subject Benchmark Statement(s) (Link)
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
Autumn 2019; Revised IQP Winter 2021; Revised Autumn 2021
Date approved by School Learning and Teaching Committee
Autumn 2019; Revised IQP Winter 2021; Revised Autumn 2021
Date approved by School Board of Study
Autumn 2019; Revised IQP Winter 2021; Revised Autumn 2021
Date approved by University Learning and Teaching Committee
Autumn 2019; Revised IQP Winter 2021; Revised Autumn 2021
Date of Annual Review
In line with the university annual monitoring review process

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURES

BA (Hons) International Relations [Flexible Honours]

UBAF2SIRF / Full Time / January Entry
Term 1
Winter
Government and Politics of the UK and the US [L5/15U] (HUFGVP5)
Comparative Politics Iran and Russia [L4/15U] (HUFCPIR)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L4/15U] (FLEXLV4)
Term 2
Spring
The European Union in the International System [L4/15U] (HUFEUIS)
Politics of Latin America [L5/15U] (HUFPLAM)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L4/15U] (FLEXLV4)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 3
Summer
Political Communication [L4/15U] (HUFPLC4)
The European Century 1815-1914 [L5/15U] (HUF1815)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L4/15U] (FLEXLV4) *
Term 4
Autumn
Introduction to Political Theory [L4/15U] (HUFINPT)
US Foreign Policy in the Post Cold War Era [L5/15U] (HUFUSPC)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L4/15U] (FLEXLV4) *
Part 1 Examination
Term 5
Winter
Freedom [L5/15U] (HUFFRED)
Theories of Empire and India [L6/15U] (HUFTEMP)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L5/15U] (FLEXLV5) **
Term 6
Spring
Government and Politics of China [L6/15U] (HUFGVPC)
Political Psychology [L6/15U] (HUFPLPS)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L5/15U] (FLEXLV5) **
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 7
Summer
Politics of the Middle East - Issues and Themes [L5/15U] (HUFPOME)
Cuban Politics [L6/15U] (HUFCPOL)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L6/15U] (FLEXLV6)
Term 8
Autumn
International Relations: Theories and Concepts [L6/15U] (HUFIRTC)
Philosophy Of Social Science [L6/15U] (HUFPOSS)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L6/15U] (FLEXLV6)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination

* Level 4 or Level 5 option.
** Level 5 or Level 6 option.

Availability of modules for Flexible Honours choices are subject to timetabling constraints, minimum and maximum class sizes and any agreed pre-requisite modules.

 

BA (Hons) International Relations [Flexible Honours]

UBAF9SIRF / Full Time / September Entry
Term 1
Autumn
Europe in Conflict 1914-1945 [L5/15U] (HUFH20C)
Introduction to Political Theory [L4/15U] (HUFINPT)
Preliminary 1 Examination
Term 2
Winter
Comparative Politics Iran and Russia [L4/15U] (HUFCPIR)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L4/15U] (FLEXLV4)
Term 3
Spring
The European Union in the International System [L4/15U] (HUFEUIS)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L4/15U] (FLEXLV4)
Preliminary 2 Examination
Term 4
Summer
Political Communication [L4/15U] (HUFPLC4)
The European Century 1815-1914 [L5/15U] (HUF1815)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L4/15U] (FLEXLV4) *
Term 5
Autumn
US Foreign Policy in the Post Cold War Era [L5/15U] (HUFUSPC)
International Relations: Theories and Concepts [L6/15U] (HUFIRTC)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L4/15U] (FLEXLV4) *
Part 1 Examination
Term 6
Winter
Freedom [L5/15U] (HUFFRED)
Government and Politics of the UK and the US [L5/15U] (HUFGVP5)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L5/15U] (FLEXLV5) **
Term 7
Spring
Two of:
Government and Politics of China [L6/15U]
Political Psychology [L6/15U]
Politics of Latin America [L5/15U] (PPEXXXX20)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L5/15U] (FLEXLV5) **
Part 2 Stage 1 Examination
Term 8
Summer
Politics of the Middle East - Issues and Themes [L5/15U] (HUFPOME)
Cuban Politics [L6/15U] (HUFCPOL)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L6/15U] (FLEXLV6)
Term 9
Autumn
Philosophy Of Social Science [L6/15U] (HUFPOSS)
Dissertation (International Studies) [L6/15U] (HUFDI15)
Free Choice / Flexible Option [L6/15U] (FLEXLV6)
Part 2 Stage 2 Examination

* Level 4 or Level 5 option.
** Level 5 or Level 6 option.

Availability of modules for Flexible Honours choices are subject to timetabling constraints, minimum and maximum class sizes and any agreed pre-requisite modules.