BSc in International Relations

Programme Code: UBIR

Department: International Relations

For students starting this programme of study in 2018/19

Guidelines for interpreting programme regulations

Classification scheme for the BA/BSc degrees (other than four-year BA/BSc degrees)

Please note that places are limited on some optional courses. Admission onto any particular course is not guaranteed and may be subject to timetabling constraints and/or students meeting specific prerequisite requirements.

Paper

Course number, title (unit value)

See note

LSE100 The LSE Course: Understanding the causes of things

Year 1

Paper 1

IR100 International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates (1.0)

Paper 2

IR101 Contemporary Issues in International Relations (1.0)

Paper 3

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit(s) from the following:

 

HY113 From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (1.0)

 

HY116 International History since 1890 (1.0)

Paper 4

A course to the value of 1.0 unit relevant to the study of International Relations from outside the Department, approved by the candidate's Academic Advisor and the Departmental Tutor. The following courses are strongly recommended (if not already chosen for Paper 3):

 

EH101 The Internationalisation of Economic Growth, 1870 to the present day (1.0)

 

GV101 Introduction to Political Science (1.0)

 

HY113 From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (1.0)

 

HY116 International History since 1890 (1.0)

 

PH103 The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy (1.0) #

 

SO100 Key Concepts: Introduction to Social Theory (1.0)

Undergraduate Outside Options List (Year 1)

 

OR

An approved foreign language course from the Foreign Language Selection List:

Language Courses

.Skills course

Students take the following non-assessed course:

 

IR102 Thinking Globally: Studying International Relations (0.0)

Year 2

Papers 5, 6 & 7

Courses to the value of 3.0 unit(s) from the following:

 

IR200 International Political Theory (1.0)

 

IR202 Foreign Policy Analysis 1 (1.0)

 

IR203 International Organisations (1.0) #

 

IR205 International Security (1.0)

 

IR206 International Political Economy (1.0)

Paper 8

One from:

A further full-unit course from Papers 5, 6 & 7:

 

IR200 International Political Theory (1.0)

 

IR202 Foreign Policy Analysis 1 (1.0)

 

IR203 International Organisations (1.0) #

 

IR205 International Security (1.0)

 

IR206 International Political Economy (1.0)

 

OR

A course to the value of 1.0 unit relevant to the study of International Relations from outside the Department, approved by the candidate's Academic Advisor and the Departmental Tutor. The following courses are strongly recommended:

 

GV247 Theories and Problems of Nationalism (1.0) #  (withdrawn 2018/19)

 

GV264 Politics and Institutions in Europe (1.0) #

 

HY206 The International History of the Cold War, 1945-1989 (1.0)

 

HY235 Modernity and the State in East Asia: China, Japan and Korea since 1840 (1.0)

 

LL278 Public International Law (1.0)

 

OR

An approved foreign language course to the value of 1.0 unit, approved by the candidate's Academic Advisor and the Departmental Tutor:

Language Courses

Year 3

Papers 9, 10 & 11

Courses to the value of 3.0 unit(s) from the following: A

 

IR200 International Political Theory (1.0)

 

IR202 Foreign Policy Analysis 1 (1.0)

 

IR203 International Organisations (1.0) #

 

IR205 International Security (1.0)

 

IR206 International Political Economy (1.0)

 

IR305 Strategic Aspects of International Relations (1.0)

 

IR312 Genocide (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)

 

IR313 Managing China's Rise in East Asia (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)

 

IR314 Southeast Asia: Intra-regional Politics and Security (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)

 

IR315 The Middle East and International Relations Theory (1.0) #

 

IR317 American Grand Strategy (0.5) #

 

IR318 Visual International Politics (0.5) #

 

IR319 Empire and Conflict in World Politics (0.5) #

 

IR320 Europe's Institutional Order (0.5) # 1

 

IR321 Revolutions and World Politics (0.5)

 

IR322 Sovereignty, Rights and Justice: Issues in International Political Theory (0.5)

 

IR323 Gender and International Politics (0.5) # 2

 

IR324 The Practices of Transitional Justice (0.5) # 3  (not available 2018/19)

 

IR325 The Situations of the International Criminal Court (0.5) # 4  (not available 2018/19)

 

IR326 The Rule of Law: A Global History (0.5)  (not available 2018/19)

 

IR347 Political Economy of International Labour Migration (0.5)

 

IR354 Governing International Political Economy: Lessons from the Past for the Future (0.5) #

 

IR355 Economic Diplomacy (0.5) #

 

IR367 Global Environmental Politics (0.5) #

 

IR368 The Political Economy of Trade (0.5) #

 

IR369 Politics of Money in the World Economy (0.5) #

 

IR373 China and the Global South (0.5) #

 

IR377 The Politics of Governance, Development and Security in Sub-Saharan Africa (0.5)

 

IR378 Critical War Studies (0.5)

 

IR398 Dissertation (1.0)

 

LL242 International Protection of Human Rights (1.0) # 5

Paper 12

Courses to the value of 1.0 unit from the following: B

Selection List of Papers Approved by the Department as Relevant to the Study of International Relations

Language Courses (intermediate, advanced or proficiency level)

Notes

LSE100 is taken by all students in the Lent Term of Year 1 and the Michaelmas Term of Year 2. The course is compulsory but does not affect the final degree classification.

Selection List of Papers Approved by the Department as Relevant to the Study of International Relations

EC230 Economics in Public Policy (1.0) #

EH225 Latin America and the International Economy (1.0)

GV227 The Politics of Economic Policy (1.0) #  (not available 2018/19)

GV245 Democracy and Democratisation (1.0) #

GV247 Theories and Problems of Nationalism (1.0) #  (withdrawn 2018/19)

GV251 Government, Politics and Public Policy in the European Union (1.0) #

GV262 Contemporary Political Theory (1.0) #

GV264 Politics and Institutions in Europe (1.0) #

GY202 Introduction to Global Development (1.0)

GY220 Environment: Science and Society (1.0)

GY301 The Political Geography of Development and the South (1.0)

HY203 The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Nationalism, Territory, Religion (1.0)  (withdrawn 2017/18)

HY206 The International History of the Cold War, 1945-1989 (1.0)

HY226 The Great War 1914-1918 (1.0)

HY242 The Soviet Union: Domestic, International and Intellectual History (1.0)

HY319 Napoleon and Europe (1.0)

LL250 Law and The Environment (1.0)

LL278 Public International Law (1.0)

PH203 Philosophy of the Social Sciences (1.0) #


Language Courses

LN100 Russian Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN101 Russian Language and Society 1 (beginner) (1.0) #

LN102 Russian Language and Society 2 (intermediate) (1.0) #

LN104 Mandarin Language and Society Level 1 (Beginner) (1.0) #

LN110 German Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN112 German Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) (1.0) #

LN120 Spanish Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN121 Spanish Language and Society 1 (beginner) (1.0) #

LN122 Spanish Language and Society 2 (intermediate) (1.0) #

LN130 French Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN131 French Language and Society 1 (beginner) (1.0) #

LN132 French Language and Society 2 (intermediate) (1.0) #

LN140 Mandarin Language and Society 3 (Advanced) (1.0) #

LN142 Mandarin Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) (1.0) #

LN200 Russian Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN210 German Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN220 Spanish Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN230 French Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN240 Mandarin Language and Society 4 (Proficiency) (1.0) #

LN250 English Literature and Society (1.0) #

LN251 Comparative Literature and 20th Century Political History (1.0) #

LN252 Global Literature and Society (1.0) #

LN253 European Literature and Philosophy (1.0) #

LN254 Literature and Aspects of Ethics (1.0) #

LN270 Society and Language: Linguistics for Social Scientists (1.0)

LN320 Spanish Language and Society 5 (mastery) (1.0) #

LN330 French Language and Society 5 (mastery) (1.0) #

LN340 Mandarin Language and Society 5 (Mastery) (1.0) #


Language Courses (intermediate, advanced or proficiency level)

LN100 Russian Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN102 Russian Language and Society 2 (intermediate) (1.0) #

LN110 German Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN112 German Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) (1.0) #

LN120 Spanish Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN122 Spanish Language and Society 2 (intermediate) (1.0) #

LN130 French Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN132 French Language and Society 2 (intermediate) (1.0) #

LN140 Mandarin Language and Society 3 (Advanced) (1.0) #

LN142 Mandarin Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) (1.0) #

LN200 Russian Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN210 German Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN220 Spanish Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN230 French Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN240 Mandarin Language and Society 4 (Proficiency) (1.0) #


Undergraduate Outside Options List (Year 1)

Where the regulations refer to an approved paper taught outside the department, this means that you may take any course in a subject other than the principal subject(s) of your degree, subject to timetabling constraints and any restrictions listed in the Course Guides. If your degree is for joint honours (e.g. Philosophy and Economics) or is a major/minor combination (e.g., Geography with Economics), a course outside the department means a course taught in any department other than the two named in the title of your degree. The home department of each course is indicated by the first two letters in its code.

Please note that some course combinations are not allowed. Please see the Mutually Exclusive Options list.

The courses available as outside options where regulations permit are:

Outside Options for students in Year 1:

AC102 Elements of Financial Accounting (0.5) *

AC103 Elements of Management Accounting, Financial Management and Financial Institutions (0.5) *

AN100 Introduction to Social Anthropology (1.0)

AN101 Ethnography and Theory: Selected Texts (1.0)

AN102 Anthropology, Text and Film (1.0)

EC100 Economics A (1.0) #

EC102 Economics B (1.0) #

EH101 The Internationalisation of Economic Growth, 1870 to the present day (1.0)

EH102 Pre-industrial Economic History (1.0)

FM101 Finance (0.5) #

GV100 Introduction to Political Theory (1.0)

GV101 Introduction to Political Science (1.0)

GY100 Introduction to Geography (1.0)

GY103 Contemporary Europe (1.0)

GY120 Environmental Change: Past, Present and Future (1.0)

GY121 Sustainable Development (1.0)

GY140 Introduction to Geographical Research (1.0)

HY113 From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (1.0)

HY116 International History since 1890 (1.0)

HY118 Faith, Power and Revolution: Europe and the Wider World, c.1500-c.1800 (1.0)

IR100 International Relations: Theories, Concepts and Debates (1.0)

LL104 Law of Obligations (1.0)

LL105 Property I (0.5)

LL106 Public Law (1.0)

LL108 Criminal Law (1.0)

LL109 Introduction to the Legal System (0.5)

LN100 Russian Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN101 Russian Language and Society 1 (beginner) (1.0) #

LN102 Russian Language and Society 2 (intermediate) (1.0) #

LN104 Mandarin Language and Society Level 1 (Beginner) (1.0) #

LN110 German Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN112 German Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) (1.0) #

LN120 Spanish Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN121 Spanish Language and Society 1 (beginner) (1.0) #

LN122 Spanish Language and Society 2 (intermediate) (1.0) #

LN130 French Language and Society 3 (advanced) (1.0) #

LN131 French Language and Society 1 (beginner) (1.0) #

LN132 French Language and Society 2 (intermediate) (1.0) #

LN140 Mandarin Language and Society 3 (Advanced) (1.0) #

LN142 Mandarin Language and Society 2 (Intermediate) (1.0) #

LN200 Russian Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN210 German Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN220 Spanish Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN230 French Language and Society 4 (proficiency) (1.0) #

LN240 Mandarin Language and Society 4 (Proficiency) (1.0) #

LN250 English Literature and Society (1.0) #

LN251 Comparative Literature and 20th Century Political History (1.0) #

LN252 Global Literature and Society (1.0) #

LN253 European Literature and Philosophy (1.0) #

LN254 Literature and Aspects of Ethics (1.0) #

LN270 Society and Language: Linguistics for Social Scientists (1.0)

LN320 Spanish Language and Society 5 (mastery) (1.0) #

LN330 French Language and Society 5 (mastery) (1.0) #

LN340 Mandarin Language and Society 5 (Mastery) (1.0) #

MA100 Mathematical Methods (1.0) #

MA103 Introduction to Abstract Mathematics (1.0) #

MA107 Quantitative Methods (Mathematics) (0.5) #

MA110 Basic Quantitative Methods (1.0) #

MG103 Management, Labour and Work (1.0)  (withdrawn 2018/19)

MG104 Operations Management (0.5) #

MG105 Organisational Behaviour and Leadership (0.5) #

PB101 Foundations of Psychological Science (1.0) #

PB102 Social Psychology (1.0)

PH101 Logic (1.0)

PH103 The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy (1.0) #

PH104 Formal Methods of Philosophical Argumentation (1.0) #

SA100 The Foundations of Social Policy (1.0)

SA101 Sociology and Social Policy (1.0)

SA104 Social Economics, Politics and Policy (1.0) #

SO100 Key Concepts: Introduction to Social Theory (1.0)

SO102 Data in Society: Researching Social Life (1.0)

SO110 Power, Inequality, and Difference: Contemporary Themes in Sociology (1.0)

ST102 Elementary Statistical Theory (1.0) #

ST107 Quantitative Methods (Statistics) (0.5) #

ST108 Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences (1.0) #


Prerequisite Requirements and Mutually Exclusive Options

* means available with permission

1 : Before taking IR320 you must take IR203

2 : Before taking IR323 you must take IR200

3 : Before taking IR324 you must take IR203
     Before taking IR324 you must take IR200

4 : Before taking IR325 you must take IR200
     Before taking IR325 you must take IR203

5 : Before taking LL242 you must take LL278

Footnotes

A : A maximum of 1.0 unit can be taken from the following courses under Papers 9, 10 & 11: IR200, IR202, IR203, IR205, IR206.

B : Courses selected from the Undergraduate Outside Options List must be at level 200 or level 300 and be approved by the Departmental Tutor of the Department of International Relations.

# means there may be prerequisites for this course. Please view the course guide for more information.

Note for prospective students:
For changes to undergraduate course and programme information for the next academic session, please see the undergraduate summary page for prospective students. Changes to course and programme information for future academic sessions can be found on the undergraduate summary page for future students.