International Relations and History BA

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

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January 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 3 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
International relations are the product of historical change which means that in order to understand one, you must consider the other. With our International Relations and History BA you will explore the ways in which these two fascinating topics are linked.
  • You will be able to study the most vital issues affecting the modern world and understand their historical backgrounds - from the world's foremost powers (the United States, the EU, Russia and China) to smaller nations that are impacted by their behaviour.
  • You will be able to examine the workings and the health of the political system in Britain and other states. You will also explore some of the most important and interesting issues in national and international politics: Who holds power and why? Is there a crisis of political participation? What are the appropriate limits to individual liberty? Is globalisation a positive process?
  • Flexibility of modules in your second and third years will allow you to delve deeper into the areas of history and international relations that fascinate you the most. Our lecturers have in-depth knowledge across diverse interests, so whichever areas you study, you will receive knowledgeable support and insightful guidance.

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2022

Entry requirements

  • A/AS Levels: ABB-BBB. All subjects accepted. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB-BBC EPQ at grade B.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 25 credits at Distinction
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points overall.
  • BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM
  • Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Society and Culture run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
  • Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

  • When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
  • Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Year 1

Core modules

  • Barbarism and Civilisation: Medieval and Early Modern Europe
  • The Shock of the Modern
  • Key Concepts in International Relations (double module)
  • Order and Disorder: International Relations from 1989 to the Present

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

  • Power in the World Economy

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Global History: Connections and Cultures in a Changing World, 1750 to the present
  • Great Britain: The State We're In
  • Europe 1861-1991: Emancipation and Subjugation
  • US History since 1877
  • Comparative European Politics

Year 2 (History dissertation)

  • If you plan to take the History dissertation in your Final Year, you should take these two modules:

Core modules

  • Perceiving the Past
  • Becoming the Historical Researcher

Option modules

  • You will then choose one History module and four International Relations modules.

You can choose:

  • One module from List 1 plus two modules from List 2 plus two modules from List 4
  • One module from List 3 plus three modules from List 2 plus one module from List 4

List 1: History modules

  • Religious History
  • Histories of Violence
  • Blood, Position and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England, 1066-1485
    Madness, Monarchy and Politics in Georgian Britain
  • Jack-the-Ripper: Crime, Popular Culture and Policing in Victorian Times
  • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

List 2: International Relations modules

  • International Theory
  • The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • Sex and Gender in Global Politics
  • Politics of the Global South

List 3: History modules

  • Gender History
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • All Bourgeois Now? Class in History
  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989
  • From Beer to Fraternity: Alcohol, Society, and Culture in North America
  • History in the Classroom
  • Living with Dictatorship: European Societies, 1918-1941
  • Heritage Field Project

List 4: International Relations modules

  • European Union Politics
  • International Security Studies
  • The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • Latin American Politics

Year 2 (International Relations dissertation)

If you plan to take the International Relations Dissertation in your Final Year, you will take these three modules:

Core modules

  • Perceiving the Past
  • Political Analysis 1: Understanding Political Science Research
  • Political Analysis 2: Preparing for your Dissertation

Option modules

You will then choose two International Relations modules and three History modules. You can choose any of the following combinations:

  • One module from Lists 1/2 plus one module from List 3 plus two modules from Lists 4/5 plus one module from List 6 - at least one History module must be from either List 1 or List 4
  • Two modules from Lists 1/2 plus one module from Lists 4/5 plus two modules from List 6 - at least one History module must be from either List 1 or List 4
  • Two modules from List 3 plus three modules from Lists 4/5 - at least one History module must be from List 4

List 1: History modules

  • Religious History
  • Histories of Violence

List 2: History modules

  • Blood, Position and Power: The Nobility of Later Medieval England, 1066-1485
  • Madness, Monarchy and Politics in Georgian Britain
  • Jack-the-Ripper: Crime, Popular Culture and Policing in Victorian Times
  • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union

List 3: International Relations modules 

  • International Theory
  • The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
  • Sex and Gender in Global Politics
  • Politics of the Global South

List 4: History modules

  • Gender History
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • All Bourgeois Now? Class in History

List 5: History modules

  • The Latin World: Ancient, Medieval and Modern
  • Enter the Dragon: Modern Chinese History, 1839-1989
  • From Beer to Fraternity: Alcohol, Society, and Culture in North America
  • History in the Classroom
  • Living with Dictatorship: European Societies, 1918-1941
  • Heritage Field Project

List 6: International Relations modules

  • European Union Politics
  • International Security Studies
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Latin American Politics

Year 3 (History dissertation)

Core module

  • History dissertation

Option modules

If you take the History dissertation in your Final Year, you will choose:

  • either one History module and four International Relations modules 
    or two History modules and three International Relations modules.

You can choose:

  • One module from List 1 plus two modules from List 2 plus two modules from List 4
  • Three modules from List 2 plus one module from List 3 plus one module from List 4
  • Two modules from List 1 plus one module from List 2 plus two modules from List 4
  • One module from List 1 plus two modules from List 2 plus one module from List 3 plus one module from List 
  • Three modules from List 2 plus two modules from List 3.

List 1: History modules

  • The USA and the Vietnam War
  • Fourteenth Century Crisis in England? Politics and Society 1297-1413
  • Crime and Punishment in African American History
  • Disasporas and Migrations in the Modern World
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern South Asia, c. 1857-1947
  • Gender, Crime and Deviance in Eighteenth Century Britain

List 2: International Relations modules

  • The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland After 1972
  • American Political Development
  • The Politics of Intelligence
  • The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
  • The Politics of Contemporary British Foreign Policy
  • Politics of the International Drug Trade
  • International Migration in the Age of Securitisation
  • Corruption, Informality and Scandals
  • Emotions in Conflict and Cooperation

List 3: History modules

  • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World, 1815-1914
  • What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and the Great War, 1900-1939
  • Women in American Society from the Civil War to First World War
  • Clothing and Fashion in Historical Perspective. Case Studies of Modern European History in

Transnational Context

  • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the Twentieth Century
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, c1350-1650
  • The Medieval Natural World

List 4: International Relations modules

  • The Changing Character of War
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Democracy and EU Membership in Post-Communist Europe
  • Politics and War in Outer Space
  • Gender, Race and War
  • Strategy and International Security

Year 3 (International Relations dissertation)

Core module

  • Dissertation

Option modules

If you take the International Relations dissertation in your Final Year, you will choose:

  • either one International Relations module and four History modules
  • Two International Relations modules and three History modules. 
  • The History modules in List C are ‘special subjects’ and are each equivalent to three regular modules.

You can choose:

  • Two modules from List 1 plus one module from List 2 plus two modules from List 3
  • Three modules from List 1 plus one module from List 3 plus one module from List 4
  • One module from List 1 plus two modules from List 2 plus two modules from List 3
  • Two modules from List 1 plus one module from List 2 plus one module from List 3 plus one

 module from List 4

  • Three modules from List 1 plus two modules from List 4
  • One module from List 1 plus one module from List 2 plus one module from List 5
  • Two modules from List 2 plus one module from List 5

     

List 1: History modules

  • The USA and the Vietnam War
  • Fourteenth Century Crisis in England? Politics and Society 1297-1413
  • Crime and Punishment in African American History
  • Disasporas and Migrations in the Modern World
  • From Empire to Nation: Modern South Asia, c. 1857-1947
  • Gender, Crime and Deviance in Eighteenth Century Britain

List 2: International Relations modules

  • The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland After 1972
  • American Political Development
  • The Politics of Intelligence
  • The Politics of Nuclear Weapons
  • The Politics of Contemporary British Foreign Policy
  • Politics of the International Drug Trade
  • International Migration in the Age of Securitisation
  • Corruption, Informality and Scandals
  • Emotions in Conflict and Cooperation

List 3: History modules

  • The Imperial Economy: Britain and the Wider World, 1815-1914
  • What Difference Did the War Make? British Society and the Great War, 1900-1939
  • Women in American Society from the Civil War to First World War
  • Clothing and Fashion in Historical Perspective. Case Studies of Modern European History in

Transnational Context

  • When Two Dragons Fight: China and Japan at War in the Twentieth Century
  • Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, c1350-1650
  • The Medieval Natural World

List 4: International Relations modules

  • The Changing Character of War
  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
  • Democracy and EU Membership in Post-Communist Europe
  • Politics and War in Outer Space
  • Gender, Race and War
  • Strategy and International Security

List 5: History modules

  • The French Revolution, 1789-1804 
  • Ideals of Womanhood in Nineteenth-Century America 1
  • From Gin Lane to Westminster: politics, culture and society in the age of Walpole
  • The British Anti-Slavery Movement 1787-1833 
  • Israel/Palestine: The Story of a Land 1882 to the present
  • The Presidency of Franklin D Roosevelt
  • The Cause: Women's Suffrage Movement in Britain c.1897-1918
  • Genocides and Mass Violence in Europe and its Colonies in the 20th Century
    Church, State and Belief in Soviet Russia, 1941-1991
  • After Hitler: Culture and the Politics of the Nazi Past in the Two Germanies, 1945-1990
  • Poverty and Welfare in Britain 1597 to the Present
  • Beauty, Sex and Science: Whose Body is it Anyway? C. 1551-2015

Year Abroad (optional)

  • If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
  • UK and EU Students 
  • Starting in 2021 
  • The University of Leicester has made the decision to keep fees for EU students at the same level as UK student fees for this year, despite this no longer being a UK Government requirement. £9,250 in your first year.
  •  Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years 
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year If you are resident outside the UK and the Republic of Ireland, you will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

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