Course Overview - International Relations and History (Professional Placement Year) BA (Hons)
- Apply your understanding of the past to some of the most pressing challenges we face today
- Make a difference: join the debate, identify solutions, act on your insight and understanding
- Make connections: from your community to the world around you
Explore the complexities of the contemporary world through an examination of the mechanisms for, or absence of, international governance; security, economics, and globalisation; and the relationships between different states. Youll examine the structures and practices of international r...
<br/>- Apply your understanding of the past to some of the most pressing challenges we face today<br/><br/><br/>- Make a difference: join the debate, identify solutions, act on your insight and understanding<br/><br/><br/>- Make connections: from your community to the world around you<br/><br/><br/>Explore the complexities of the contemporary world through an examination of the mechanisms for, or absence of, international governance; security, economics, and globalisation; and the relationships between different states. Youll examine the structures and practices of international relations – from the high ideals of the post-1945 settlement to the different realities of local and national politics, governmental ambitions, and corporate power, and their impact internationally. <br/><br/>Beyond concepts of the state and the formal interactions between governments and government agencies, you’ll also be able to consider the interplay of local, regional and international events and perspectives, and the ways in which ‘international relations’ are shaped as much on the ground as they are in the UN Security Council or the International Court of Justice. This might encompass the work of NGOs or the impact of ‘soft diplomacy’, or the interconnected communities of writers, artists and performers and their contribution to campaigns against international inequalities and injustices.<br/><br/>The course has been designed to enable you to acquire specialised subject knowledge, develop practical and professional skills and apply both to contemporary challenges, issues and debates. Learning how to do is as important to us as learning about, and you’ll be able to work on a series of projects which look out from the University and into the city, the region and the wider world. We want you to be able to develop demonstrable skills and experience, which may include leading a project team, evaluating and acting on alternative responses to a defined challenge, or pitching an idea to one of our many partner organisations, and wherever possible following this through to implementation.<br/><br/>Youll may already be studying History, and know that you want to develop your expertise in it, and your ability to make connections across different disciplines. You might be interested in environmental politics and the need to develop new ways of living and working. Youll want to make a difference, and to develop the skills youll need to do that - working with others, communicating effectively with different audiences, planning and managing projects. <br/><br/>**More about the Professional Placement Year**<br/>A Professional Placement Year (PPY), traditionally known as a sandwich year, is where a student undertakes a period of work with an external organisation for between 9-13 months. The placement occurs between the students second and third years of undergraduate study. Students can engage in up to 3 placements to make up the total time and are required to source the placement(s) themselves with support from the Careers and Employability Team.