International Relations and Philosophy 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

International Relations and Philosophy have a shared concern of a wide range of contemporary issues, such as climate change, genetic engineering and global inequality. Both subjects are interested in issues about government, social structures, power, justice and the relationship between the individual and the state.

Combined Honours
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International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: LVF5

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Course Overview

The clarity and precision in analysis provided in training in philosophy complements the wide-ranging concerns of international relations, many of which have profound ethical implications of the kind dealt with in moral philosophy.

Keele has been one of the most renowned centres for the study of Philosophy and International Relations in England. These subjects will explore issues of conflict, human rights, environmental change, globalisation, critical thinking and developing the use of sound arguments while detecting fallacies and other argumentative weaknesses.

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 business. Many graduates from this combination progress to further studies.

Indicative modules

First Year

  • The Changing World: International Relations Since 1945
  • Securing Global Order
  • Ten Problems of Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Moral Philosophy

Second Year

  • Peace, Conflict and Security
  • International Relations of the Environment
  • Freedom and Equality
  • The Pursuit of the Good
  • Philosophy of the Mind
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Contemporary International Relations Theory

Third Year

  • Arms Control and Disarmament
  • Feminist Theory
  • The US Presidency
  • Policing International Order
  • Modern Middle East
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Rorty and the Mirror of Nature
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Dissertation