Develop a deeper understanding of the world in which we live through the study of international relations and Spanish.
Join our friendly and dynamic Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, which offers the opportunity to study in a lively, multilingual community with staff and students from all over the world. We offer a flexible and supportive approach to learning which allows you to tailor your degree to your interests, including the opportunity to learn other languages.
Through this course you will become confident and highly skilled in written and spoken Spanish. You will master the fundamental elements of the language, to the point where you will graduate with a near-native command of it. We’re proud of our small language classes, led by native speakers. Direct access to expert staff for help and feedback ensures you develop your language skills to the best of your ability.
In Spanish, you will learn the language in the political, social and cultural contexts of the countries in which it is spoken. You can study a wide range of optional modules in Spanish and Latin American culture, history, literature, politics and film with staff who are internationally-recognised experts. These include comprehensive first-year modules including "Icons of Spain and Latin America" and "Introduction to Spanish and Latin American Culture"; second-year modules including "Modern and contemporary Spanish narratives" and "Culture and revolution in modern Latin America"; and final-year modules including "Dictatorship, Memory and Resistance in the Southern Cone", "Publishers and Writers in Contemporary Spain" and "Testimonial Writing from modern Latin America".
In International Relations, you will acquire a strong grounding in fundamental elements such as political ideas and international relations theory. You will spend most of your teaching time in small teaching groups, allowing you to interact directly with staff and add your own voice to the discussion. You will have the opportunity to study a wide range of specialist core and optional modules, which cover topical issues such as European political integration, international terrorism and the Middle East crisis. The course also delivers innovative modules in which you can take part in United Nations and Middle East simulations and gain an insight into the political process.
An integral part of the course is the opportunity for you to spend up to a year in a Spanish-speaking country, either studying at a partner institution through the Erasmus+ programme, undertaking a work placement or working as a British Council language teaching assistant. It allows you to immerse yourself in the culture and develop your knowledge of Spanish at the same time. The core language module in the second year will prepare you for studying abroad, equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to work and live in a different culture.
We provide accelerated learning in Spanish, meaning that you can start from beginners' level if you have not studied the language before. or at intermediate level if you have only learnt it up to GCSE or AS level. Regardless of which level you join the course at, all students achieve the same standard of written and spoken Spanish by your final year.