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BA International Politics & Conflict Studies

Academic Year 2017/18

A programme specification is required for any programme on which a student may be registered. All programmes of the University are subject to the University's Quality Assurance and Enhancement processes as set out in the DASA Policies and Procedures Manual.

Programme Title

BA International Politics & Conflict Studies

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Bachelor of Arts

Programme Code

IPC-BA-S

UCAS Code

L253

JACS Code

L240 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

Additional Relevant Information
Entry Requirements
A-level: ABB for Single Honours and Joint Honours with History and Politics. BBB for other options.

For general information, see www.qub.ac.uk/pisp

ATAS Clearance Required

No

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Single Honours

Length of Programme

3 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

360

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 6

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Politics and International Relations (2015)

Accreditations (PSRB)

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Dr Isabelle Engeli (Politics/International Studies)

University of Bath

Dr Roberta Guerrina (Politics/International Studies)

University of Surrey

Dr Michael Bacon (Philosophy)

University of Surrey

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

No (If yes, please state here any exemptions to regulations which have been approved for this programme)

Programme Specific Regulations

At Level II a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed below.

At Level III a student may substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed below.

A student who has transferred onto this Single Honours programme having only completed 60 CATS at Level I in the Single Honours subject may at Level II or Level III substitute up to 20 CATS of optional modules with the equivalent number of CATS from a list of approved modules beyond those listed below.

On completing Level I a Joint Honours student who has passed 60 CATS at Level I in International Studies modules may be admitted to this Single Honours programme having obtained the approval of the advisor of studies for the programme.

A Joint Honours student wishing to be admitted to the Single Honours programme must have passed the following modules: PAI1001; PAI1006

The admission requirement of [INSERT] is waived provided students have achieved an average mark across the 60 CATS of 60 or above.

Students with protected characteristics

The School works with internship and placement providers and partner institutions to ensure that students with disabilities are able to complete residence abroad requirements.

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

• The programme provides students with an in depth, interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary international affairs and conflict situations in their political, historical, cultural, economic and legal dimensions.

• Dedicated modules introduce students to core concepts and debates in International Relations and the study of conflict alongside modules on migration, international organisations, and the political institutions of states such as the USA and also those of supranational organisations such as the European Union.

• Students will acquire familiarity with the experiences of differing national polities and societies, facilitating the development of culturally sensitive cross-national comparisons.

• The degree fosters an attitude of self-motivated and independent learning; equips students with a set of key, subject, employability and transferable skills; and encourages a professional attitude towards self-organisation.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies programme provides the opportunity for students to acquire and develop generic analytical, reasoning, literacy and communication skills.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies programme will enable learners to develop generic analytical, reasoning, literacy and communication skills.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and presentations.

The learner will be able to solve problems, process and prioritize a wide variety of information, and express arguments and positions in oral and written form.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learner will be introduced to problem solving and information processing strategies, as well as general methodological and theoretical approaches.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and presentations.

The learner will understand the general methodological and theoretical approaches of the discipline as well as its basic history. This includes knowledge of its specific concepts, issues and vocabulary.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Self-reflection and evaluation will further enhance the critical thinking and sound judgement of the learner.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and presentations.

At the end of the programme learners will have the capacity to be self-reflexive and practice sound judgement and critical thinking.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The learner will gain both skills and confidence through oral and written assignments, discussion groups and team tasks.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and presentations.

....

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The modules within the programme are laid out to foster the development of the above cognitive skills, and are delivered through a variety of teaching methods including formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and hand-outs.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

....

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Learning methods to this effect include locating and organizing information, small group work and teamwork, tutorial participation, presentations, written assignments, debate and discussion.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The programme fosters an attitude of self-motivated and independent learning; equips students with a set of key, subject, employability and transferable skills; and encourages a professional attitude towards self-organisation.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

While these teaching and assessment methods are intended to deliver information to the students and test their knowledge of that information, it is expected that students engage with knowledge on their own terms and develop the skills and confidence to independently process and understand that knowledge.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

Students will acquire familiarity with the experiences of differing national polities and societies, facilitating the development of culturally sensitive cross-national comparisons.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Learners will participate in teaching methods that include formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and hand-outs.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

Dedicated modules introduce students to core concepts and debates in International Relations, Security and Conflict as well as to particular experiences of regional areas.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

It helps them to build on their existing knowledge and understanding acquired at 2nd level education (or equivalent).

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies programme provides students with an in depth and extensive interdisciplinary understanding of contemporary international affairs and conflict situations in their political, historical, cultural, economic and legal dimensions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies programme enables learners to develop in depth and extensive knowledge and understanding of International Relations and comparative Politics.

Methods of Assessment

Learners will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative means, including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and presentations.

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Upon completion of the program the learner will be well versed with the methodology, the historiography and the basic approaches to International Relations and Conflict Studies, and be able to communicate using the expert language of the subject.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies encourage learners to develop in depth and extensive knowledge and understanding about specific areas in the discipline.
The teaching methods used to embed this knowledge and understanding include formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and hand-outs.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The learner will acquire competency in areas such as the analysis of political decision-making, International History, International Security, and regional organizations areas such as the European Union.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies encourage learners to develop in depth and extensive knowledge and understanding about specific areas in the discipline.
The teaching methods used to embed this knowledge and understanding include formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and hand-outs.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The programme will furthermore provide a firm grounding in approaches to the study the emerging structures of governance beyond the nation-state.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies encourage learners to develop in depth and extensive knowledge and understanding about specific areas in the discipline.
The teaching methods used to embed this knowledge and understanding include formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and hand-outs.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

It will introduce the learner not only to the classic literature of the field, but to key debates in contemporary international relations theory, comparative politics and methodology.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies encourage learners to develop in depth and extensive knowledge and understanding about specific areas in the discipline.
The teaching methods used to embed this knowledge and understanding include formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and hand-outs.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies programme provides students with in depth and extensive knowledge of the generic skills of the subject.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies encourage learners to develop in depth and extensive knowledge and understanding about specific areas in the discipline.
The teaching methods used to embed this knowledge and understanding include formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and hand-outs.

Methods of Assessment

The methods used to assess this knowledge include a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, portfolios, dissertations and presentations.

The programme will provide a firm understanding of comparative methods, theoretical models, political sociology and historical textual analysis.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies encourage learners to develop in depth and extensive knowledge and understanding about specific areas in the discipline.
The teaching methods used to embed this knowledge and understanding include formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and hand-outs.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

....

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

This broad portfolio of skills will be delivered through a variety of teaching methods including formal lectures, small group tutorials and seminars, many of which will be enhanced by learning aids such as power point presentations and hand-outs.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

....

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

and the ability to work independently.

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

....

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

career management (including building a learning portfolio and developing a CV);

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

....

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

time management skills (working to deadlines, prioritizing demands);

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

....

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

IT skills (including PowerPoint, use of the internet as a research tool, Queens Online);

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

....

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

interpersonal skills (small group or team work activities, debate, discussion);

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

At the end of the programme learners will have the capacity to be self-reflexive and practice sound judgement, and will possess the necessary skills to enhance their ability to think critically, work in collaboration, demonstrate initiative, and use communication and information technology where appropriate.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

writing skills (note-taking, organizational skills, logical progression of argument, the ability to gather information from a wide range of both contemporary and archival sources, prioritizing information);

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The learner will be able to solve problems, process and prioritize a wide variety of information, and express arguments and positions in oral and written form.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

communication (presentations, written assignments, teamwork);

Methods of Assessment

These general cognitive skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, group-work, portfolios and tutorial contributions. A currently ongoing Academic Year Review process forms the basis for extending innovation in assessment, including the range and types of coursework elements offered, across modules on the programme.

The Single Honours International Politics and Conflict Studies programme provides students with the opportunity to acquire and develop generic analytical, reasoning, literacy and communication skills which will be beneficial in terms of employment or further study.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

The Single Honours programme enables learners to develop a broad portfolio of skills which will enhance their employability and/or provide them with a sound basis for progression to further research at postgraduate level (either MA or doctoral work) or elsewhere. The learner will develop skills in the following areas:

Methods of Assessment

Transferable skills will be assessed by a variety of traditional and innovative methods including essays, exams, journals, portfolios and presentations.

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

Politics and Policy of the European Union

PAI2001

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Modern Political Thought

PAI2005

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Politics of Deeply Divided Societies

PAI2011

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Contemporary Political Philosophy

PAI3025

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Internship

PAI3097

3

40

12 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

Irish Politics

PAI2013

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

International Relations

PAI2017

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Studying Politics

PAI2043

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Women and Politics

PAI3008

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Middle Eastern Politics

PAI3011

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Dissertation (Politics and International Studies)

PAI3099

3

40

24 weeks

Y

YES

100%

0%

0%

The Politics of Sustainable Development

PAI3026

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

American Politics

PAI2018

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

European Cultural Identities

PAI3027

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

0%

10%

Comparative Politics

PAI1009

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Contemporary Europe

PAI1001

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

World Politics

PAI1006

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

War and Visual Culture

PAI3044

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Security and Terrorism

PAI2055

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

International Organisations

PAI2056

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Ethics, Power and International Politics

PAI3057

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

National and Ethnic Minorities in European Politics

PAI3059

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Northern Ireland: A Case Study

PAI3064

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

US Foreign Policy

PAI3038

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Arms Control

PAI3039

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Security and Technology

PAI3073

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Global Resource Politics

PAI3012

3

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

35%

10%

55%

Issues in Contemporary Politics

PAI1003

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

British Politics in crisis?

PAI2002

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

The Placement

PAI3089

3

20

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

Politics of Conflict Transformation - Maymester

PAI2020

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

90%

10%

0%

Notes

Stage 1: Students must take the FOUR compulsory modules: PAI1001, PAI1006, PAI1003 and PAI1009 plus TWO modules from those available across the Faculty which may include modules from other Schools.

Stage 2: Students are required to take the TWO compulsory modules: PAI2017 and PAI2055 plus FOUR Optional modules. N.B PAI2043 is a pre-requisite for PAI3099 and PAI3097.

Stage 3: Students will take either the Dissertation PAI3099 OR PAI3097 Internship and FOUR further modules from those listed below or SIX modules from those listed below.