International Relations and Sociology 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

International Relations and Sociology covers key contemporary issues of globalisation, international conflict, human rights, environmental change, social inequalities, and migration and enables an understanding of international organisations such as the UN and the European Union in sociological context.

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

UCAS code: LL3F

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Course Overview

International Relations and Sociology covers key contemporary issues of globalisation, international conflict, human rights, environmental change, social inequalities, and migration and enables an understanding of international organisations such as the UN and the European Union in sociological context. In a globalised world, where national borders are ever more porous and flows of money and people circulate with increasing speed, the relationships between countries and other global actors, and the struggles within societies are critically important to study. In this respect International Relations and Sociology is absolutely contemporary because the topics it considers, including European integration, the global political economy, global conflict, development, migration, and environmental and ecological politics, concern the very future of national and international societies.

What will this mean for my future?

International Relations and Sociology provides an invaluable critical lens through which to see and approach the contemporary world, which appeals to many employers. You might work in journalism, the civil service, the European Parliament or as a political or social researcher for an MP or thinktank. You might join international organisations such as aid and development agencies or charity foundations, or mov

Indicative modules

First Year

  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Securing Global Order
  • Social Inequalities in a Contemporary World
  • Classical Sociology
  • The Changing World

Second Year

  • Contemporary International Relations Theory
  • International Organisation
  • Peace, Conflict and Security
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Globalisation and its Discontents
  • City, Culture, Society
  • Choice of module inside or outside of International Relations and Sociology

Third Year

  • Dissertation
  • Gendering Global Politics
  • Politics of Development
  • Understanding Terrorism
  • Contemporary Democratic Theory
  • Streets, Skyscrapers, and Slums
  • Gender and Consumption-Celebrity
  • Home: belonging, locality and material culture