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Our programmes focus on politics, political theory, public policy and international relations in Europe, Russia, Africa and the US.
Studying politics, you will explore the origins and present-day contexts of international conflicts over power and resources. You will also study the morality of political action, the limits of freedom and justice, and the processes of governance at various levels.
International relations is a specialist field within Politics that looks at the origins and evolution of the state system and the changing nature of state power. It examines the driving forces behind international cooperation and conflict, and explores security and prosperity in the international system. Our International Relations programmes cover specific regional topics within world politics, such as US foreign policy, the Middle East and Africa.
In your first year you will take Introduction to Politics & International Relations, and Democracy in Comparative Perspective, which explores democratic practices in different countries. International Relations students must also take International Law. You will also take up to three outside courses of your choice.
In Year 2 you will study International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond, which examines how states cooperate in international organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations. You will also take Social & Political Theory and Social & Political Enquiry. You can also choose two outside courses.
In Years 3 and 4 the Politics and International Relations degrees separate.
Courses are taught through a combination of lectures and tutorials.
You will be assessed through coursework and exams.
In recent years, graduates have entered the Civil Service, foreign affairs or political and parliamentary research. The degree programmes also equip you for careers in finance and consultancy, the voluntary sector, journalism or teaching. Some graduates choose to go on to further training in accountancy or law or take postgraduate degrees with a view to pursuing an academic career.
The majority of teaching takes place at facilities located within the University’s Central Area. You will also have access to the University’s library and computer facilities.
There are opportunities to study abroad in your third year through the ERASMUS programme or the University’s International Exchange Programme.
The flexible system at Edinburgh allows you to take outside courses in subjects you may never have considered otherwise. The ability to change your degree subject is also a distinct advantage. I switched onto the Politics programme at the end of first year and never looked back. The lecturers and course tutors are talented and engaging, with a great deal of passion for their subject area. This really is infectious - you will learn so much from them!
This article was published on Jun 29, 2012