Politics & International Relations at Aberdeen is unique in Scotland in bringing together these two cognate, but distinct, subjects. Teaching and research are both enhanced by this framework and students enjoy being at the forefront of contemporary debate.
Areas of special expertise include Comparative Political Parties and Elections; Cross National Surveys, Democracy and Democratisation; Energy Politics; European Integration and Regionalism; European Politics; Human Rights and Development Issues; Interest Groups; Modernity and Religion; International Political Economy; Regional IR (with specific focus on Japan, Latin America, and the Middle East); and Security Studies
The opportunity to take Enhanced Study options as part of your degree and participate in co-curricular activities. See www.abdn.ac.uk/thedifference for more information.
There is a four year Honours degree in Politics and International Relations and a Designated Degree in Political Studies which can be obtained after three years of study.
Introduction to Politics and International Relations 1 and 2
Across the two level 1 courses, students will consider contemporary issues and relate them to key themes in Politics and International Relations. In this way, the courses establish the conceptual building blocks of the discipline including the state, sovereignty, democracy, representation, governance, institutions and key political actors.
Ideas and Ideologies in Politics and International Relations
The course introduces students to key ideas and theoretical approaches in Politics and International Relations, from major ideological approaches like liberalism and socialism to the key theoretical perspectives that have shaped the discipline.
Global Politics: Equality and Inequality
The course explores patterns of global wealth and inequality and their consequences. This involves an examination of human and economic rights, culture, migration and citizenship.
At Honours level, students can choose to study a Single Honours degree in Politics AND International Relations, or to complete a joint degree (Politics OR International Relations PLUS another discipline). All of our honours students will be trained in the skills of research and methodology, including qualitative and quantitative methods, through the course ‘Researching in the Twenty-First Century’.
Students then choose from a large number of Honours options and write a dissertation in their final year. Joint Honours students may write their dissertation in their other subject. Honours options in Politics and International Relations currently include: International Peace; Nordic Politics; The Politics of Democratic Spain; Political Parties in Britain; Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Foreign Policy; US Foreign Policy; International Terrorism, Counterterrorism and International Relations; Middle East Politics; The Extreme Right in Western Europe; Political Islam: Islamist Ideologies and Practices; Energy & Climate Politics; Arab-Israeli Relations; War and Peace in International Politics; Democratisation; Nationalism in Modern Europe; Memory and Politics of the Past; Wealth, Poverty and International Order; Soviet Successor States in Global Politics; Deconstructing Peace and Conflict: The End of Utopia; Between Conflict and Peace.
Teaching at levels 1 and 2 is by a combination of formal lectures and small group tutorials. Honours teaching varies in style, although many courses are based on seminars. Assessment is generally by traditional exams and assessed essays, although in some courses group work, projects and other techniques are used. Students are expected to write a dissertation in their final year.
Politics and International Relations is intellectually challenging and provides an excellent general background for a wide range of careers in areas such as central and local government, diplomacy, foreign affairs, journalism and other professions.
There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us – from first to final year – and beyond.
SQA Highers - AABB
A Levels - BBB
IB - 32 points, including 5,5,5 at HL
ILC - AAABB
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