Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplôme) (BA (Hons))

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
4 Years

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Course starts
September

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About Politics and International Relations (Bi-diplôme) at University of Kent

At Kent we have recognised expertise in the study of peace, conflict, security and human rights. We also host the Global Europe Centre that researches the challenges Europe faces in today’s world. We have been collaborating with the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) de Lille in France for more than 15 years. Our programme was the first of its kind in the UK. You study modules from various disciplines including political science, international relations theory, economics, law, sociology and philosophy. You also develop spoken and written language skills in both French and English. On top of that you obtain a degree recognised in both educational systems. Our degree programme Your first and fourth years of study are spent on the Science Po Lille campus where you attend compulsory as well as optional modules that are taught in French. You spend your second and third years of study at Kent. You study political research and analysis and explore one of the key bodies of contemporary international politics, the United Nations. There are also a wide range of optional modules to choose from on topics such as international security, East European politics, terrorism and political violence. Our wide range of elective modules give you the opportunity to further study any topic you feel passionate about. After four years of studies, successful students gain their BA degree (from the University of Kent). You can then choose to spend a fifth year of study in either Canterbury or Lille. Students who complete their studies in Lille can graduate with a Science Po diplôme. Students who complete their fifth year at Kent can graduate with an MA degree (from the University of Kent) and the Science Po diplôme. Study Resources You have access to a wide range of topical journals and books in hard copy and digital format through Kent’s Templeman Library. Your designated academic advisor provides guidance for your studies and academic development. Our Student Learning Advisory Centre also offers useful workshops on topics like essay writing and academic referencing. Extra Activities We hold a weekly extra-curricular Open Forum organised by our School research groups, where students and staff have the opportunity to discuss and debate key issues of the day that affect higher education and politics in the world today. There are also a number of student-led societies relating to your interests such as: Current Affairs Society Francophone SocietyKent European DebatesModel United NationsEuroSoc Programme fees Please note that the fees indicated in the fee box (right) relate to the second and third year while studying in Kent. For details on the fees payable during the first and fourth year, please contact polirugadmissions@kent.ac.uk

Our main teaching methods are lectures, seminars, working groups, PC laboratory sessions and individual discussions with your personal tutor or module teachers. Assessment is through continuous feedback, written examinations, assessed essays and oral presentations.

Politics Open Forum

We hold a weekly extra-curricular Open Forum organised by our School research groups, where students and staff have the opportunity to discuss and debate key issues of the day that affect higher education and politics in the world today.

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • key concepts, theories and methods and how to use them to analyse political ideas, institutions, practices and issues in the global arena
  • the structure, institutions and operation of different political systems
  • the social, economic, historical and cultural contexts of political institutions and behaviour
  • the political dynamics of interaction between people, events, ideas and institutions
  • the contestable nature of many concepts and different approaches to the study of politics and international relations
  • the normative and positive foundations of political ideas
  • the ways in which politics is linked to related disciplines such as economics, law and philosophy
  • advanced use of the French language
  • in-depth knowledge of French culture and society.

Intellectual Skills

You gain intellectual skills in how to:

  • gather, organise and deploy information from a variety of primary and secondary sources
  • identify, investigate, analyse, formulate and advocate solutions to problems
  • develop reasoned arguments, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement
  • reflect on, and manage, your own learning and make use of constructive feedback to enhance your own performance and personal skills
  • use your understanding of different educational curricula and learning methods in your own work
  • integrate into a different educational, cultural, social and linguistic environment.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • understanding the nature and significance of politics as a human activity within its wider economic, legal and philosophical context
  • the application of concepts, theories and methods to the analysis of political ideas, institutions, practices and issues in the global arena
  • how to evaluate different interpretations of world political events and issues
  • the ability to describe, evaluate and apply different approaches to collecting, analysing and presenting political information
  • either economics, law, philosophy or a third European language, depending on the option chosen
  • advanced knowledge and use of the French language
  • in-depth knowledge of French culture and society.

Transferable skills

You develop transferable skills in the following areas:

  • communication – how to communicate effectively in speech and writing in both English and French; how to organise information clearly; how to use communication and IT for the retrieval and presentation of information, including statistical or numerical data
  • numeracy – how to make sense of statistical materials; integrate numerical and non-numerical information, and understand the limits and potentialities of arguments based on quantitative information
  • information technology – how to produce written documents; undertake online research; communicate using email; process information using databases
  • reflective learning – how to explore personal strengths and weaknesses; review your working environment (especially the student-staff relationship); develop autonomy in your learning; work independently, demonstrate initiative, self-organisation and time-management
  • working with others – how to define and review the work of others; work co-operatively on group tasks; understand how groups function; collaborate with others and contribute to the achievement of common goals
  • problem solving – how to identify and define problems; explore alternative solutions and discriminate between them
  • intercultural awareness – how to recognise the differences and similarities between British and French academic and cultural contexts and develop the flexibility to perform well in different environments.

The programme aims to:

  • meet the needs of those who wish to study politics and international relations within a broader social science context
  • provide the opportunity to study in the UK and France and obtain degrees recognised in both educational systems
  • enable you to experience academic and personal life in two different institutional, national and linguistic environments and develop knowledge and understanding of their respective cultures and societies
  • place political questions, both domestic and international, at the centre of social-scientific analysis
  • enable you to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of politics and develop an understanding of their contested nature
  • enable you to link your studies to related disciplines such as economics, law and philosophy
  • develop your capacity to think critically about political and social events, ideas and institutions
  • encourage you to relate your academic studies to questions of public concern
  • provide a curriculum supported by scholarship and a research culture that promotes wide-ranging intellectual enquiry and debate
  • enable you to develop skills relevant to your vocational and personal development
  • enable you to perfect your command of English and French.

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