Business Management and International Relations 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Understanding international politics is a key attribute for any graduate aspiring to work in the business sector. Likewise, understanding business is an enriching benefit for those interested in international politics. Business Management and International Relations offers an interesting honours combination that introduces you to the symbiotic relationship between the two disciplines, allowing you to bring together the economic and the political to deepen your understanding of the world around you.  Graduates of Business Management and International Relations are adept and lateral thinkers, well placed for a number of career options.

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Course Overview

By understanding both the business driven and the politically centred structures and systems that shape our world, and by exploring how those not only inform but also direct economic and political action by individuals, states, businesses and organisations, you will explore a range of approaches to the study of both international politics and business. Alongside the ‘nuts and bolts’ of business practices such as human resources, supply chains and accounting, you’ll consider the historical, socio-political, economic, gender and geographical structures and interactions in the international system, and you will consider how these impact upon the practice of business on different levels. You will become analytical as well as critical thinkers, and you will gain the academic as well as practical knowledge that will allow you to approach the world of business from an international, as well as a political, perspective. 

What will this mean for my future?

Studying Business Management and International Relations provides you with a wide range of skills in research, analysis, critical thinking, oral and written communication, and presentation, that are relevant to a diverse range of future careers. You might work in business, or work as an economic or political analyst, journalist, or in the civil service. You may seek a career working for an international organisation or aid agency, you may work for an international bank, or you might work for a multinational corporation. Opportunities to study abroad and to learn a language whilst doing your degree add further desirable skills and experiences that will enrich your career following your degree.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Securing Global Order
  • Management in Context

Second year

  • Social Theory at Work
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Operations and Quality Management
  • Contemporary International Relations Theory
  • International Organisation: Mitigating Anarchy

Third year

  • Business Strategy
  • Contemporary Issues in Management

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Business Management - Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Business Management achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Business Management optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

International Relations - Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in International Relations. In years 1 and 2 this is achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of International Relations optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Business Management Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Management in Context MAN-10018

15

Global Business Environments MAN-100221

15

   

Accounting Principles MAN-10015

15

   

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100262

15

   

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

   

Business Law LAW-10027

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

   

Marketing  Principles MAN-10019

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900035

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Managing in a Changing Society

15

Quantitative Methods 2 ECO-10027 3

15

   

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-100234

15

   

Introduction to International Business MAN-100231

15

Notes:

  1. If you wish to take Managing in the MNC (MAN-20084) in year 2, you will need to either study Global Business Environments (MAN-10022) OR Introduction to International Business (MAN-10023). For those wishing to take International Business Strategies (MAN-30055) in year 3, you need to take Global Business Environments (MAN-10022)
  2. Not available for students with A Level Maths (or equivalent). For students without A Level Maths, wishing to take Quantitative Methods 2 (ECO-10027), you will need to take this module
  3. Prerequisite of either A Level Maths (or equivalent) OR Quantitative Methods 1 (ECO-10026).
  4. Live company project, recommended for those wishing to take a Placement Year
  5. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

International Relations Year 1 (Level 4)

The two compulsory First year modules provide students with a thorough grounding in the study skills needed for International Relations and an introduction to the nature and scope of International Relations as a discipline. They expose students to the various traditions or schools of thought that have tried to make sense of international politics and familiarise them with many of the problems addressed by, and concepts employed in, the discipline of International Relations. These include war and peace, order and intervention, the balance of power, diplomacy and international organisation, territoriality and the sovereign state, equity and justice, territoriality and governmentality.  International Relations students may also learn about the workings of the global political economy, gain a solid background in the main developments in international history throughout and beyond the Cold War, or examine aspects of the study of Politics.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Introduction to International Relations

15

The Changing World: International Relations
Since 1945

15

Securing Global Order

15

Introduction to Global Political Economy

15

   

Why Politics Matters

15

   

Justice, Authority and Power

15

 

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

Business Management Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Organisational Behaviour MAN-20055

15

Business Ethics MAN-20091

15

   

Managing in the MNC MAN-20084 1

15

   

Professional Development MAN-200902

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900034

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900045

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Operations and Quality Management MAN-20053

15

Researching Business Management MAN-200963

15

   

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-20093

15

   

Corporate Governance and  Social Responsibility MAN-20082

15

   

International Supply Chain Management MAN-20083

15

Notes:

  1. Prerequisite either Global Business Environments (MAN-10022) OR Introduction to International Business (MAN-10023)
  2. Recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  3. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in year 3 in either this subject or the other subject area - if wishing to transfer to a 90 credit specialism in Management at level 6 or to do the Management ISP Managing Diversity, then this module becomes compulsory.
  4. Open only to non-native speakers of English and successful completion of ENL-10031 (EAP 1) with a score of over 60%, or ENL-90006 (EAP 2), or equivalent or by recommendation of the Language Centre.  Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  5. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year

 

International Relations Year 2 (Level 5)

In the second year students build on the foundations laid in the first year. The two compulsory modules cover core aspects of contemporary international politics: the roles and functions of international institutions, organisations and regimes in mitigating anarchy; the contending perspectives on international relations and contemporary developments in theoretical approaches to the IR discipline. Students have the opportunity also to study a number of specialised aspects of International Relations such as the International Relations of Eurasia, the Modern Middle East, African Politics or the Politics of the European Union or to take modules offered in the Politics programme. They may also take the Work Experience module offered by the School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and Environment.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Contemporary International Relations
Theory

15

The International Relations of Eurasia

15

International Organisation: Mitigating
Anarchy

15

The Politics of the European Union

15

   

African Politics

15

   

The Modern Middle East

15

   

US Politics

15

   

Russian Politics and Society

15

   

Electors, Voters and Public Opinion

15

   

Environmental Politics and Policy

15

   

British Government and Politics

15

   

Freedom and Equality

15

   

Why Policy Changes

15

   

The Practice of Politics

15

   

Work Experience in Politics, International
Relations and Philosophy

15

 

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Business Management Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Business Strategy MAN-30048

15

Managing Diversity (ISP across 2 semesters)1

30

   

Comparative Business Cultures MAN-30056

15

   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900043

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900054

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 
   

Contemporary Issues in Management MAN-30047

15

   

Enterprise Business Plan

15

   

International Business Strategies MAN-300552

15

Note:

  1. Prerequisite Researching Business Management MAN-20096. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in either this subject or the other subject area. This ISP is a year-long (30 credit module)
  2. Prerequisite Global Business Environments (MAN-10022)
  3. Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business 1) with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.
  4. Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with other ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

International Relations Year 3 (Level 6)

In the third year students deepen their knowledge of selected topics in International Relations by choosing to study two or more modules in a range of subjects which vary from year to year but reflect the specialist expertise and active research interests of members of staff. Students taking Combined Honours International Relations may choose to write a research dissertation in International Relations, working under the guidance of a Supervisor who is a member of the academic staff of the School with expertise in the topic chosen by the student.

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

None

 

Dissertation in Politics and International
Relations

30

   

The Northern Dimension

15

   

Proliferation

15

   

The Missing Dimension

15

   

Politics of Development

15

   

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issue

15

   

Policing International Order

15

   

Britain and War since 1945: War, Cold War
and Society

15

   

Gendering Global Politics

15

   

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-
terrorism

15

   

Russia and Europe

15

   

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

   

The Left in Modern Politics

15

   

Debating the Future of the European Union

15

   

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

   

Modern Russia

15

   

Environmentalism, Environmental Movements and Protest

15

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Business Management in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Business Strategy MAN-30048

15

Comparative Business Cultures MAN-30056

15

Managing Diversity (ISP across 2 semesters)1

30

SME Live Project

15

   

What’s wrong with entrepreneurship? MAN-30036

15

   

Identity, Culture and Organisation MAN-30040

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900043

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900054

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Contemporary Issues in Management MAN-30047

15

Enterprise Business Plan

15

   

International Business Strategies MAN-300552

15

   

Managing International Projects MAN-30065

15

Notes:

(1) Prerequisite Researching Business Management MAN-20096

(2) Prerequisite Global Business Environments (MAN-10022)

(3) Open only to NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH after successful completion of AEB1 (Academic English for Business with a score of under 60% or equivalent. Cannot be taken with another ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

(4) Open only to THIRD-YEAR NON-NATIVE SPEAKERS OF ENGLISH on successful completion of AEB2 or EAP4; or AEB1 or EAP3 with a score of over 60%; or equivalent. Cannot be taken with another ENL- module (English Language module) in the same academic year.

 

Students may choose to study elective modules which are offered as part of other programmes in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and across the University. These include:

  • Modules in other subjects closely related to Business Management.
  • Modules in other subjects in which they may have a particular interest.
  • Modules designed to help students for whom it is not their first language to improve their use of English for Academic Purposes.
  • Modern foreign languages modules at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin).
  • Modules related to the development of graduate attributes, student volunteering, and studying abroad as part of the University’s exchange programme.

 

If you choose to specialise in International Relations in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation in Politics and International
Relations

30

The Northern Dimension

15

   

The Missing Dimension

15

   

Politics of Development

15

   

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issue

15

   

Policing International Order

15

   

Britain and War since 1945: War, Cold War
and Society

15

   

Gendering Global Politics

15

   

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-
terrorism

15

   

Russia and Europe

15

   

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

   

The Left in Modern Politics

15

   

Debating the Future of the European Union

15

   

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

   

Modern Russia

15

   

Environmentalism, Environmental Movements and Protest

15

 

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az








Ben Hollingworth

Ben Hollingworth

"I would recommend Keele because it allows you to see the bigger picture and consider other sectors of business "

Accounting and Business Management, Year Two student, 2017