How can we better understand 'power' in age of global terrorism, unprecendented economic shifts, social and humanitarian crises and environmental catastrophes? Many of the most important political issues and debates confronting us today are located in the international arena. The last decade has been a particularly turbulent time and given rise to many headlines on issues such as September 11th, the aftermath of the second Iraq War and Western military intervention in Afghanistan. However, the BA in International Studies at Queen’s is about more than just armed conflict and insurgency. It also examines such trends as globalisation (and considers the challenge from the rise of China and India, the impact of the American mortgage markets on the political economy of Western Europe) and also humanitarian issues (such as poverty, development, disease and malnutrition continue and the search for a global resolution).
Given the importance of all of these events it is little surprise that interest in undergraduate degree programmes in International Politics/International Relations and International Studies has grown rapidly since 2000 as students seek to explore and understand a number of issues. These include: How big a threat is international terrorism? Is it right to intervene in the politics of other countries? How ought we to respond to the threat of global warming? Is America too powerful? What is European governance? What should be done to improve international security? How much power do multinational corporations have? Are global media institutions, such as CNN, shaping foreign policy?
The BA degree programme covers three years.
In the first year , students are introduced to the study of politics, the state of world politics, international history, contemporary Europe and politics in Ireland and theUK.
In the second year , you will focus on the political, economic and social transformations of the 20th century and beyond. Students will be able to advance their conceptual understanding of the field of International Relations and explore American politics, comparative European politics, international relations and the politics and policies of the European Union.
In the final year , you can select more specific area and specialist based modules on, for example, the Middle East, Southern Africa, the European Union, modules on conflict and conflict resolution and modules on international relations theory.
What are my career prospects?
Graduates from our International Studies degree have gone on to follow a wide variety of careers in both the public and private sectors. Graduates of the School, including senior politicians, civil servants, media figures, diplomats, academics, bankers and accountants leave not only with a high quality degree but are also equipped with a repertoire of skills that is applicable to a wide range of professions and careers.
The BA is also a useful starting point for those wishing to proceed to MA level study.