Politics and International Relations at Aberdeen is unique in Scotland in bringing together these two cognate, but distinct, subjects as equal components. Teaching and research are both enhanced by this framework and there is a great benefit in being able to study the two side-by-side.
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.
Courses in both Politics and International Relations are available at levels 1 to 4. 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 Political Science considers key themes in the discipline, including democracy, participation, institutions and policymaking.
Introduction to International Relations looks at the development of International Relations as a discipline by examining key geographical events using a variety of analytical tools, and at state-of-the art of theorising international relations, via consideration of the major schools of theory and the work of major authors.
Political Ideologies considers differing theoretical notions of the state and democracy. It provides an introduction to some of the broad theoretical and conceptual challenges and problems involved in political analysis.
Democracy considers the effectiveness and existence of various forms of democratic practices across the world.
Theories of IR is an introduction to the major perspectives that have evolved in the discipline of International Relations within a framework emphasising the importance of methodological issues to our understanding of the subject.
International Political Economy introduces the study of the global distribution of wealth and power and how this shapes the conduct of international relations.
Honours courses taken in the third and fourth year vary widely and are chosen from a menu of over thirty options, drawing on the research expertise of staff.
Political Parties in the UK; Scottish Politics; The Extreme Right in Western Europe; Political Communication; Democratisation; Human Rights; Nationalism; Understanding Public Policy; nordic Politics; Core Concepts in Political Science.
International Security; War and the International System; Middle Eastern Politics; Japan and the World; Human Security; Modern Day Latin America; Modernity and Islam; International 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, non-governmental organisations, industry, 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 - AABB
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