Course modules

We are a large and diverse department which means you have a wide range of modules to choose from. You have the flexibility to specialise in the areas of politics and international relations that interest and excite you the most.

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Year 1

Your first year is made up of core modules and two optional modules from the table below.  If you are taking a dual honours degree you will also take core modules from your other subject area. 

Module title

BA International Relations and
Politics

BA Politics Politics dual honours degrees
Analysing Politics Core Core Core
Introduction to International Relations Core Optional  Optional 
Introduction to Global Political Economy Core Core Optional 
Introduction to Western Political Thought Core Core Optional 
Introduction to Comparative Politics Optional  Core Optional 
British Politics Optional  Optional  Optional 
1 module from another department (eg a language) Optional  Optional  Optional 
Year 2 

Your second year is made up of core modules and four optional modules for single honours degrees and two optional modules for dual honours degrees.  If you are taking a dual honours degree you will also take core modules from your other subject area.

Module title BA International Relations and
Politics
BA Politics Politics dual honours degrees
Political Analysis: Research Design and Data Analysis Core  Core Core
International Relations Theory Core Optional  Optional 
Political Theory in Practice Optional  Core Optional 
Contemporary Security Challenges Optional  Optional  Optional 
Development Optional  Optional  Optional 
The Political Economy of Global Capitalism Optional  Optional  Optional 
Human Rights: Power and Politics Optional  Optional  Optional 
Autocracies and Democracies Optional  Optional  Optional 
Environmental Politics Optional  Optional  Optional 
Oppression and Resistance Optional  Optional  Optional 
The Left: Past, Present and Future  Optional  Optional  Optional 
The Politics and Government of the EU Optional  Optional  Optional 
Year 3

BA International Relations an Politics and BA Politics

Choose one from:
Dissertation in Politics
Dissertation in Political Analysis
Work-based learning dissertation 
Add to your dissertation either:
Four taught modules 
Project and three taught modules 
Two projects and two taught modules 

Politics dual honours degrees 

Choose one from:
Dissertation in Politics and one taught module
Dissertation in Political Analysis and one taught module 
Work-based learning dissertation and one taught module
Research project and two taught modules
Plus
Modules from your other subject area

Taught modules

Anti-Politics and Democratic Crisis
Animals, Ethics and Politics
Britain and the European Union
Civilisation, Empire and Hegemony
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Contemporary US Foreign Policy
German Politics: Domestic Contestation and Global Impact 
Justice in World Politics
Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence
Liberalism and its Critics
Marx and Contemporary Marxism
Narcopolitics
Never Mind the Ballots: State and Society in the UK Today
Pandemics and Panics: Health, Security and Global Politics
Parliamentary Studies
Party Politics: Competitions, Strategies and Campaigns
Peacekeeping, State-Building and International Intervention 
Political Ecology: Power, Nature and Society
Political Economy of Africa
Political Realism
Political Theory in an Age of Total War
Politics and the Quality of Life
Politics of Asylum
Sex, Race and Death: Feminist Perspectives on War, Violence and (In) Security
State Failure
Terrorism, Violence and the State
The Ethics of Political Leadership
The Making of the Modern Middle East
War, Peace and Justice

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Undergraduate Courses

The study of politics covers much more than you might think, and at Sheffield we have an enormously diverse range of topics and approaches on offer.

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