International Business and International Relations 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

The International Business programme has a multi-disciplinary, internationalised approach to management which opens a gateway into the competitive world of global business. This course encourages you to bring a critical and globalised approach to management theory and practice.

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.

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Course Overview

International Business at Keele takes a critical perspective on what goes on in organisations, offering a thorough exploration of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of essential business skills and knowledge. You’ll enjoy engaging with a range of interconnecting subjects such as law, human resource management, human geography, finance, politics and media and american studies. You’ll graduate with a wide range of skills to bring to the global employment market, although you might equally go on to study at master’s or PhD level.

You’ll have a solid understanding of both business and the global context, preparing you for a wide range of careers in the public, private and third sectors. You might work in management consultancy, IT, banking, import/export, sales, marketing or logistics, or carry your transferable skills to an indirectly related career of your choice.

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?

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.

About 25% of graduates from this course study for higher degrees. 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
  • Introduction to International Business
  • The Changing World
  • Management in Context
  • The Politics of Sustainability
  • Introduction to Global Political Economy
  • Global Business Environment

Second year

  • International Organisation
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Contemporary International Relations Theory
  • The Politics of the European Union
  • Managing in the Multinational Corporation
  • British Government and Politics
  • International Supply Chain Management
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • US Government and Politics

Third year

  • Urban Politics
  • Comparative Business Cultures
  • African Politics
  • The Modern Middle East
  • Business Strategy
  • Politics of Development
  • Debating the Future of the EU
  • Operations and Quality Management
  • Modern Russia

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.

International Business Each year you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in International Business 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 Business 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.

Year 1 (Level 4)


Year 1 ( Level 4 )

International Business Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Global Business Environments MAN-10022

15

Management in Context MAN-100181

15

   

Quantitative Methods 1 ECO-100262

15

   

Introductory Microeconomics ECO-10028

15

   

British and Global Economy ECO-10025

15

   

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

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 

Introduction to International Business MAN-10023

15

Foundations of Human Resource Management HRM-10007

15

   

Multinational Enterprise Business Perspectives MAN-100233

15

   

Introductory Macroeconomics ECO-10029

15

Notes:

  1. Required for students wishing to take Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-20093 in Year 2
  2. Not available for students with A Level Maths (or equivalent).
  3. Live company project, recommended for those wishing to take a Placement Year
  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.

 

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

 

Year 2 (Level 5)

International Business Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Managing in the MNC MAN-20084

15

Business Ethics MAN-20091

15

 

 

Professional Development MAN-200901

15

   

Organisational Behaviour MAN-20055

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 1) ENL-900033

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900044

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 
   

Choose a minimum of ONE of the following:

 
   

Operations and Quality Management MAN-20053

15

   

International Supply Chain Management MAN-20083

15

   

Researching Business Management MAN-200962

15

   

Social Enterprise and Alternative Organising MAN-20093

15

Notes:

  1. Recommended for those considering a Placement Year
  2. Note you must do an ISP/Dissertation in  year 3 in either this subject or the other subject area - if wishing to do the Management ISP Managing Diversity then this module is compulsory.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Year 3 (Level 6)

International Business Year 3 (Level 6)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Semester one

 

Semester one

 

Business in Emerging Economies MAN-30066

15

Managing Diversity  (ISP across 2 semesters)1

30

   

Comparative Business Cultures MAN-30056

15

   

Business Strategy MAN-30048

15

   

SME Live Project

15

   

Academic English for Business Students (Part 2) ENL-900042

15

   

Academic Business English ENL-900053

15

Semester two

 

Semester two

 
   

International Business Strategies MAN-30055

15

   

Managing International Projects MAN-30065

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. 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.
  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.

 

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

Year 4

NB: 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








Sandy Koh, Singapore

Sandy Koh, Singapore

"KMS provides you with all the resources and opportunities to develop your true potential."

International Business Graduate, 2015