University of Buckingham International Studies

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University of Buckingham International Studies

University of Buckingham International Studies

BA (Hons) International Studies

Entry requirements: A-level: BCC / IB 30
Full or Part-time: Full-time
UCAS Code: L900

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Course outline

An important feature of the modern world which is widely recognised and commented upon by business people, journalists, politicians, diplomats, teachers and virtually anyone with the alertness to look about them, is its increasing inter-dependence and ‘internationalisation’. Your ability to read this message on the World Wide Web is itself a manifestation of the power of ideas to transcend national boundaries with great rapidity and at low cost. Technology has proved to be an agent which encourages co-operation across national boundaries. Technological developments in transport, telecommunications and computing have encouraged economic changes such as the decline in barriers to trade, the internationalisation of financial markets, the rise of global companies, and a massive increase in the volume of international trade in goods and services. These trends have been accompanied by political developments such as the rise of regional trading groupings of countries, international efforts to agree about common legal and technical rules to govern business dealings, arguments about ‘tax competition’ between countries, as well as increasing concern about the environmental consequences associated with world economic development. Enormous social tensions arise as these international forces come into conflict with long established ways of doing things in every country. Political and social systems are in a continuous process of adjustment to an increasingly open world.

The International Studies programme at Buckingham gives you an opportunity to learn about these fundamental problems. With students coming to Buckingham from over 80 countries, it is an ideal environment to learn about matters of international concern and to discuss them with people from differing cultural backgrounds. The programme is inter-disciplinary and covers economic, political, legal, historical and cultural dimensions. Graduates from the International Studies programme will have acquired a knowledge of economics sufficient to analyse and understand the global marketplace; a familiarity with political systems in a range of different countries; and a good historical understanding of how the international framework has evolved over time.

Students wishing to pursue careers in the media, journalism, international business, politics, diplomacy or education should find the programme very attractive for their first degree.

This is the 2-year, or 2-year (+ 1 term) format of the BA degree. You get the same number of teaching weeks as the 3-year degree, but complete the syllabus in a shorter time by working an extra summer term. This is for those who want to complete more quickly, and so begin their career, or progress earlier to further training or a higher degree. For the traditional 3-year format of this BA, with summer break, see BA International Studies 3 Years | September.

Modules available on this course

  • Africa and the Dominions
  • Appeasement and War
  • Business Ethics
  • Competing Approaches to Political Analysis
  • European Industrial Revolutions
  • Freedom
  • Government and Politics of China
  • Government and Politics of the UK and the US
  • International Economics
  • International Law
  • International Relations: Theories and Concepts
  • Intervention, Free Trade and Protection
  • Introduction to Political Thought
  • Issues in Developing Economies and the MENA Region
  • Liberalism and Nationalism
  • Political Communication
  • Political Psychology
  • Politics of Latin America
  • Politics of the Middle East
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Regulation and Privatisation
  • Rivalries and Alliances 1879-1914
  • Service Management (September entry)
  • The Bipolar World 1945-1975
  • The Economics of Europe
  • The Economics of the Labour Market
  • The European Union in the International System
  • The New International Society 1975-2005
  • The Rise of the Dictators
  • Theories of Empire and India
  • US Foreign Policy in Post Cold War Era

Full course information in the University Handbook


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