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International Politics and Law BA Honours

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October 2018
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£12,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Tunc Aybak

As the unfolding events, such as Brexit, Trump’s election and the ongoing regional and global geopolitical shifts in the Middle East and beyond show, international politics has never been so relevant to our daily lives. As one of the most culturally and socially diverse universities in the UK we offer you an inclusive, enjoyable and satisfactory learning environment to study international politics.

Why study BA International Politics and Law at Middlesex University?

We place our students at the heart of everything we do and our academic staff are actively engaged in cutting edge research and advanced scholarship with high impact on public and political life that feeds into their teaching. You will be encouraged to participate in real-world issues and work placements in public and private institutions and gain subject specific and transferable skills.

This course will equip you with the legal skills, political concepts and analytical tools invaluable for your professional career in an increasingly complex field of global politics, international law and governance. You will study different aspect of law combined with the areas of European and Middle Eastern geopolitics, international political economy, migration and human rights. Our course combines political theory and international relations with legal perspectives as well as providing opportunities for internships with national and international organisations, political institutions and civil society organisations.

Whether you want to focus on politics or delve into international relations, economics or law, our specialist courses will equip you with the skills to help you on your way to a career in active politics, intelligence and policy analysis, civil service, NGOs, journalism, diplomacy, research or PR.

Course highlights

  • Gain a solid grounding in the key themes, concepts and theories relevant to international politics which will aid you in your academic development and future careers in public service, international and regional organizations, NGOs, diplomacy and media
  • A wide choice of optional modules will enhance your critical and analytical skills and develop specialist in-depth critical knowledge of topics to suit your personal interests
  • The core curricula is continually reviewed and updated in line with current international developments in politics and staff research expertise
  • You will have access to a broad intellectual environment through the provision of innovative teaching methods and extra-curricular events
  • Opportunity for experiential learning and career development through direct participation in political activities through work placement and other forms of practical engagement with the world
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the BA International Politics and Law?

You will explore the international political and legal processes and institutions, as well as a range different political and legal systems across the world. You will also cover the key ideas, concepts, theories and practices of politics and law.

You will be introduced to the basic concepts of politics and political ideologies and international development issues which is balanced with an introduction to law and legal skills and public law. You will then focus on enhancing your understanding of international political theories and concepts and the international legal basis of human rights and relates them to the international social, economic, and political context in which they operate. Finally, you will combine your critical understanding of the aspects of public international law as well as concepts and theories of global and regional geopolitics with statecraft and legal practice in international politics.

What will you gain?

You will be able to analyse information and relevant areas of research from a variety of sources, and reflect upon and evaluate the principles, values and ideologies underlying perspectives on politics and law. You will demonstrate the necessary independent critical thinking skills required to explore further areas of interest within the subject areas, either through continued study or more general engagement with contemporary issues and debates.


  • Year 1

    • Introduction to Politics (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces notions of democracy, civil society and the role of the state. It also has a focus on ideologies such as socialism, liberalism and feminism. The importance of globalisation in terms of these issues is also raised.

    • The Construction of the Third World (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the processes that have shaped, and continue to shape, the contemporary First and Third Worlds and their interconnected nature. The module explores how the Third World was geographically and historically constructed through processes of colonialism and post-colonial 'development' policies, in particular, economic policies designed to bring macro level growth, in order to better understand how these have shaped the contemporary development landscape in both its professional and popular imaginations.

    • Introduction to Law and Legal Skills (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides a basic understanding of the legal framework, especially of the operation of the English legal system, the elements of a crime, police powers and of the essential legal principle of the main areas of law of negligence and contract and prepares for more advanced study in law. It will combine theory with practical skills, providing an introduction to contract and other law, and helping develop your practical legal skills.

    • Public Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State. You will gain an awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State and will consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK. This is a core module and is a requirement of the professional bodies.

  • Year 2

    • International Political Theory (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces the main theories, concepts and themes of International Relations. The rival theories of the discipline are initially explored and then applied to the understanding of key topics concerning the relations between states and also non-state global actors.

    • UK and Human Rights Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to engage you in active investigation of the values, principles and detailed application of human rights law in the UK and Europe.

  • Year 2 optional modules - choose one module from the following:

    • Comparative Politics (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module examines the different political systems of the developed and developing worlds in harness with different models of government. It also considers the patterns of political behaviour adopted by very different forms of government across the world.

    • Politics of Europe (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module will introduce the political institutions and policy-making processes of the European Union and contemporary international political developments across the whole of Europe. It will facilitate your empirical and theoretical understanding of how the EU has evolved and operates today. You will explore the politics of transition in former Communist states along with analysis of the geopolitics of south-east Europe to provide a through appreciation of what is 'Europe'.

    • Global Political Economy (30 Credits) - Optional

      In this module, you will explore historically and conceptually, the interplay of economics and politics at the global level. You will also explore the economic, political and cultural implications of living in an increasingly inter-dependent world. You will examine the workings of the global economy and key issues of global governance, both theoretically and empirically.

    • Approaches to Research in the Social Sciences (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to develop your evaluative abilities regarding quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as well as to introduce you to the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research. It aims to make clear the links between theory, method and data, to define what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it, and to understand and critique published research. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and critique of secondary sources. The module also aims to prepare you for the development of a proposal for the final year dissertation project. Throughout the module, you will apply the various components of research methods to the specific subject of the programme you are studying.

  • Year 2 optional modules - choose one module from the following:

    • Equality and the Law (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module will explore general issues relating to equality and discrimination, branching out into specific individual areas of inequalities. You will focus on these issues from a legal, ethical, social, political and economic perspective. You will gain the ideal preparation for Year 3 modules such as Employment Law.

    • Jurisprudence (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of legal theorists and jurisprudential schools of thought ranging from the work of the ancient Greeks through to postmodernism. You will be provided with an overview of the central thinking of various philosophers and will examine both the historical and cultural context within which these theories were developed and their relevance to the legal issues of our own time. Throughout the module, you will consider law’s relationship to questions of power, violence, ethics and justice.

    • European Internal Market Law (30 Credits) - Optional

      This is a new module and the description will be available shortly.

  • Year 3

    • Global Geopolitics: Critical Perspectives and Issues (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in previous modules. You will apply theories and concepts explored in those modules to a range of contemporary global political issues. A more advanced, critical appreciation of international politics will be gained along with a more detailed understanding of key geopolitical issues of the day.

    • Public International Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to give you the knowledge and understanding on the principles of public international law. You will be extend your ability to evaluate and analyse legal issues in the international context, often dealing with topical concerns. This might include debates over the legality of the use of armed force, the protection of the environment, or the extent of individual responsibility for war crimes.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose one module from the following:

    • Humanitarianism and Global Change (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of the processes, policies and practice related to contemporary humanitarian crises, be they the outcome of conflict, war, famine, extreme climatic events natural or man-made disasters. Case studies are a key feature of the approach in this module.

    • Migration and Citizenship (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide a critical understanding of contemporary migratory processes, migrant communities and experiences and issues of citizenship. You will gain an understanding of the sources and methods appropriate to the study of migration and migrant communities.

    • Dissertation (30 Credits) - Optional

      Completing a dissertation is designed to synthesise learning from the degree and provide an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry-based approach and the employment and application of research skills, thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study further and manage your own learning with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose one module from the following:

    • Child and Family Law (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the principles of Child and Family Law in order to enable you to extend your ability to evaluate and analyse the development of both the legal and policy framework regulating child and adult relationships. The module will explore the tensions arising from the use of state intervention in the sphere of the family with regard to issues of privacy, autonomy and welfare. Having taken this module, you will have not only an appreciation of key areas of law and procedure affecting children and adults but also be sensitive to the complexities of the wider social issues raised.

    • Employment Law (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module will provide the knowledge and understanding of employment law and aims to deepens your appreciation of how legal principles encountered in other law modules can be applied to these areas. A critical appreciation of employment law will be encouraged and you will be enabled to place the subject in the context of both your working and non-working lives. Upon successful completion of this module, you will have an understanding of the role of law in regulating the employment relationship and stopping discrimination.

    • Immigration, Nationality And Asylum Law in the UK (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide an understanding of the legal structures and the regulation of immigration control, nationality law and asylum in the UK. The module will place legal controls in their historical, social and political context and will require you to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the inter-relationship of the various legal mechanisms.

    • Medical Law (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to examine the relationship between medical law and ethics and the role of the law in defining the doctor/patient relationship. You will explore consent to treatment, consent issues relating to incompetent adults as well as minors and medical treatment. Clinical negligence will be explored as well as selected issues relating to beginning of life such as abortion, surrogacy and end of life issues such as euthanasia and assisted suicide. The module will also introduce mental health law and the law regulating medical research. The module will give an opportunity for an in-depth study of a selected area of medical law.

    • UK Company Law (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law governing companies and other business organisations in the United Kingdom. Comparisons are drawn between the laws underpinning the various business organisations/relationships and their different purposes are evaluated. A framework of basic principles of company law is provided, with some detail of how these principles are worked out in practice. The module will further aim to perfect legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; to enhance research skills and the use of primary source material and to enable you to bring this together with previously learned legal principles.

    • Dissertation (30 Credits) - Optional

      Completing a dissertation is designed to synthesise learning from the degree and provide an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry-based approach and the employment and application of research skills, thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study further and manage your own learning with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

    • Evidence (30 Credits) - Optional

      This module aims to engage you in an active investigation of the practical rules and abstract principles underlying the operation of the Law of Evidence in criminal and civil trials. The module will enable you to subject the law of criminal and civil evidence to critical examination and will thus contribute to the shaping of your own value system. It builds on your knowledge of the substantive law by placing it in the context of trial practice. A key purpose of the module is training in advanced level writing, argument, analysis and legal research.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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How can the BA International Politics and Law support your career?

As a graduate of our BA International Politics degree your career prospects are excellent and you will be well-placed to enter employment in fields related to governance, business, politics, diplomacy, law, risk and foreign policy analysis or the media. Our students have gone on to work for national and international NGOs in areas such as political and social research, public relations and policymaking and evaluation.

The programme should be of special interest to those wishing to proceed to further specialised study of global politics, society and economics.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Dr Tunç Aybak
Programme Leader in International Politics

Dr Aybak lectures on the BA International Politics and MA International Relations programmes specializing in critical studies in geopolitics and diplomacy, foreign policy analysis, international political economy of Europe and regionalism in Eurasia. His main research areas and field work include Turkish and Russian foreign policy, citizenship and identity in Europe, the enlargement of the EU and geopolitical issues regarding the Black Sea and the Middle East regions.

Dr Peter Hough
Associate Professor

Dr Hough lectures principally on International Political Theory and Global Security. Peter has had several single-authored books and journal articles published on environmental politics, Arctic region, human security, international organizations and sport and politics. His latest book- ‘Understanding Global Security- has gone to a second edition and features as a core text on the reading lists of many Security Politics modules in the UK and abroad, including the LSE, Cambridge and UCL.

Dr Elvira Domíngue
Associate Professor

Dr Elvira specialises in international law and human rights legal theory. She is the author of two books, "Public Special Procedures of the UN Commission on Human Rights" and " Minority Rigths in Asia" (co-authored with Prof. J Castellino). Dr. Domínguez-Redondo has written a wide range of articles on international law and human rights topics for academic journals. Her current research focuses on the best strategies for the promotion and protection of human rights within International Organisations, the interlinkage between peace, development and human rights, the co-existence of multiple human rights mechanisms dealing with human rights communications at UN level, and territorial disputes in East-Asia.

Dr Phoebe More
Senior Lecturer and Tutor in Politics

Dr Moore lectures in International Relations and International Political Economy. Her research interests involve transnational capitalism, production, workers’ rights, and the impact of technological change on societies. Her publications include Globalisation and Labour Struggle in Asia: A Neo-Gramscian Critique of South Korea’s Political Economy (I.B. Tauris August 2012),) The International Political Economy of Work and Employability (Palgrave August 2010) and ‘Exploitation of the Self in Community-based Software Production’ Capital & Class Vol. 97 (2009, with P. A. Taylor), pp. 99–120.

Dr Mel Evans
Director of Programmes and Associate Professor

Dr Evans specializes in Social Science and urban policy. He lectures on political ideologies and the key issues of social science. His main research areas explore the interface between ideology and localism with particular reference to informal economic activities and social economy; community participation in neighbourhood regeneration; social capital in UK/ Europe. He has managed major European research projects and published in the areas of neighbourhood, civil society, social and housing policy.

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