English Literature and International Relations 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both English Literature and International Relations. Studying English Literature at Keele, you’ll explore the significance of texts within their originating cultures and historical periods and explore a range of approaches to literary study.

Combined Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: LQF3

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Course Overview

You’ll consider the historical, sociopolitical, economic, gender and geographical contexts of fiction, poetry and drama from the medieval period to the present day. You might explore links between literature and film, or engage with exciting new genres such as the graphic novel. You’ll become an imaginative and critical thinker as you explore subjects such as the importance of story, the novel, writing for the screen, post-colonialism, depictions of maternity and scandal. You may be able to choose to spend a semester or a whole additional year at a partner university abroad (dependant on subject scheduling).

International Relations is not merely the study of current affairs or foreign places: it is a distinctive way of looking at the world that will enable you to understand complex global political events. The study of International Relations covers key issues of conflict, human rights, environmental change and globalisation, and provides a solid understanding of international organisations such as the UN and the European Union. It also develops a range of analytical skills to help you interpret and explain the processes at work in unfolding current events. In a world of complex interdependence, such skills are of increasing relevance to many areas of business, industry and government.

What will this mean for my future?

Study English at Keele and you’ll graduate with a wide range of skills – in research, oral and written communication, presentation – as well as excellent opportunities for the future. Some careers may require further study or training, but you might work as a teacher, journalist, editor, librarian, advertising copywriter, solicitor, arts administrator or writer. You could go into marketing, research, broadcasting, publishing, the compiling of dictionaries, or teaching English as a foreign language.

Keele has long been known as a pioneering centre of International Relations scholarship, as it was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a degree in the subject in the 1970s. Today, you will find one of the principal concentrations of International Relations specialists in the UK, and our current staff have internationally recognised teaching and research expertise in the areas of security studies, international history, international political economy and development, regional politics of Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, feminist and postcolonial approaches to global politics, and political and International Relations theory and regional politics of Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Africa.This course provides an invaluable lens through which to see and approach the world, which appeals to many employers. You might work in journalism, the civil service or the European Parliament or as a political researcher for an MP or thinktank. You might join international organisations such as aid and development agencies, charity foundations or businesses.

Some of our well-known graduates include Laurence Mann, the political private secretary to David Cameron, Farah Faisal, Higher Commissioner for the Maldives, and Paul Rimmer, Director at the Ministry of Defence.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Securing Global Order
  • Reading Literature
  • Telling Tales
  • Why Politics Matters
  • Introduction to American Literature
  • Poetry Through Practice
  • Modern Democracies

Second Year

  • International Organisation
  • Contemporary IR Theory
  • Post-War British Fiction and Poetry
  • Freedom and Equality
  • Revolution and Restoration
  • The Politics of the EU
  • The Renaissance
  • African Politics

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • The End of Empire
  • Britain During the Cold War
  • The Falklands War
  • Sex, Scandal and Society
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • Politics of Development
  • Postcolonial and World Literature in English
  • Eighteenth-Century Writing
  • The Modern Middle East
  • Gendering Global Politics
  • The Missing Dimension: Conspiracies, Spying and International Relations