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International Politics, Economics and Law BA Honours

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October 2019
3 years full-time
4 or 6 years part-time
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Lisa Clarke

The course is designed for those who want to gain an understanding of international systems and processes, economics, international political systems and international law, with a focus on understanding issues such as human rights and development using different international legal, political, and economic perspectives.

Why study BA International Politics, Economics and Law at Middlesex University?

This degree provides you with the knowledge and skills related to three of the key issues affecting the lives of us all – politics, economics, and law. These key concepts and theories are studied in the context of evolving global policy processes and the contemporary international context, to ensure academic rigour and real life relevance.

Teaching is research informed, and our teaching staff are engaged in research on human rights, gender, and environmental issues. Many also use their research to influence on-going policy processes, such as development of United Nations international frameworks, which in turn informs their teaching.

As a University we celebrate diversity, and the 140 countries from which our students are drawn mean you will be able to learn from each other. We also see employability as key, and through undertaking an internship, you will have the opportunity to learn through working in the field of study.

Course highlights

  • You will gain an understanding of the key themes, concepts and theories relevant to international politics, economics and law giving you a broad knowledge base on which to build you future careers and further studies
  • The modules not only enhance critical and analytical skills, but also allow you to develop policy analysis skills and specialist in-depth knowledge of an international policy of interest to you
  • The innovative and up to date curricula reflects on-going international policy concerns and is informed by the research, practitioner and advocacy interests of staff
  • You will have the opportunity for experiential learning and career development through participation in staff and student led activities and through a work placement or internship
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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

This programme is made up of year-long 30 credit taught modules, with a strong emphasis on undertaking an internship or work placement in Year 2 or 3. You will study a combination of the three disciplines within an international framework and a specific focus on the developing world. You will focus on human rights, as understood from the legal, political and social science perspectives, and key cross-cutting themes include gender and environmental change. Your study during the first two years will provide the basis to develop in-depth knowledge of a specialist area in the final year through your choice of options and an independent study undertaken during the final year core module.

What will you gain?

During the three years of study, you will develop your ability to reflect upon and evaluate the principles, values and ideologies underlying perspectives on politics, law and economics. You will be able to locate and critically evaluate different sources of information and analyse and synthesise this information to construct evidenced arguments. You will present clear and convincing arguments through your written work and through oral presentations and have the expertise and skills to study, in-depth, a particular topic of interest, evaluate the existing policy frameworks related to this topic and provide recommendations for improvement.


  • 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.

    • Principles of Economics (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce the macroeconomic principles and tools of analysis, as well as how problems such as unemployment and inflation affect macroeconomic performance, complemented by understanding of markets through supply and demand.

    • Introduction to Law (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.

    • Introduction to Development (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to the processes that have shaped, and continue to shape, what has come to be known as ‘The Global South.’ You will explore how the Global South came into discourse through examining the concept of a ‘Third World’ and ‘First World’ to show how these are 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. From 2000 - 2015 the development agenda has been dominated by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their achievement became a priority for governments and development agencies. Since then, the post-2015 agenda is shaped by the current ‘universal’ agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals.’ Through critical examination of these development frameworks, particularly as they relate to inequality and rights, contemporary notions of 'development' will be critically analysed. As the post-2015 agenda becomes entrenched in development policy and practice, the module considers how this new ‘universal’ framework will impact on the legal, political and economic regimes of both the First and Third Worlds.

  • Year 2

    • Economic Policy and Analysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aim to develop your ability to examine the theoretical underpinnings of economic policy and your skills in evaluating and assessing the impact of such policies.

    • UK and European Human Rights Law (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to explore human rights in an international, historical and comparative perspective. You will be introduced to the rationale for this body of law and to major themes in international human rights jurisprudence. Special attention will be paid to the European Convention of Human Rights and its impact in the United Kingdom, in particular issues arising from the incorporation of the European regime through the Human Rights Act. In addition, the seminars and lectures will address specific human rights to provide you with in depth analysis of the application of human rights to factual scenarios. The course is designed to maximise your career potential, providing an insight into the extent to which universally protected values, articulated as legal claims impact domestic jurisdictions. The course also seeks to critically evaluate those values, their universal validity, and their implementation at regional level with the view of broadening your knowledge of law and to become sensitive to other values and normative regimes.

    • Theories of International Relations (30 credits) - Compulsory

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

    • Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      You will be expected to undertake a placement module as your year two option, but if that is not possible it may be deferred to the final year and replaced in year two by one of a range of optional modules.

      If you cannot complete the work placement module due to extenuating circumstances then you can choose from the list of optional modules below:

      • Global Political Economy
      • Comparative Politics
      • Politics of Europe
      • Approaches to Research in Social Science
      • Equality and the Law
      • Jurisprudence
      • EU Internal Market Law
      • Trade and International Business

    • Comparative Politics (30 credits) - Optional

      Comparative Politics examines the different political systems of the developed and developing worlds. The module considers the patterns of political behaviour adopted by very different forms of government across the world. The first part of the module focuses on systems of government and the organisation of formal political processes. The second part of the module examines key concepts which help to explain political behaviour within the state in order to deeper basis for comparison.

    • Politics of Europe (30 credits) - Optional

      The module is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the concepts, perspectives and institutions of the EU and political developments across Europe. It also aims to facilitate an empirical and theoretical understanding of the political and institutional dynamics of regional integration and political transformation at work in a wider European context. This module also promotes promote a reflective and critical use of political theories and methods in studying the dynamics, models and processes of European integration and identity and will enable students to apply knowledge of European politics to the analysis of the most salient political issues of the day. The module includes the study of the main theories and conceptual approaches in the field of European politics, the most important European institutions and actors as well as to current and central debates in European politics. The module should be of special interest to any undergraduate student wishing to proceed to further specialised study of European politics, law, society and economics and/or employment in fields related to governance, business, politics, law, or media.

    • Approaches to Research in Social Science (30 credits) - Optional

      The module aims to help prepare students for the development of a proposal for their final year dissertation. It aims to develop students’ critical evaluation of the range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies available, and the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research. . Throughout the module students will apply the various components of research methods to their programme of study. The module aims to make clear the links between theory, method and data as well as defining what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation and critique of published research.

    • Equality and the Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to explore general issues relating to equality and discrimination in the first semester. In the second semester specific individual areas of inequalities will be examined. The module will look at these issues from a legal, ethical, social, political, historical and economic perspective. The course will offer an ideal preparation for third year courses such as employment law and international public 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. Students 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 students will consider law’s relationship to questions of power, violence, ethics and justice.

    • EU Internal Market Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide students with a firm grounding in the rules and principles that govern the free movement of goods, services and persons (workers, self-employed and EU citizens), and to improve their research and presentation skills. It aims to enhance students' awareness of the ethical dimension of the EU Internal Market in which persons are not only regarded as factors of production, but as EU citizens with family ties and a cultural background.

    • Trade and International Business (30 credits) - Optional

      The aim of this module is to provide an understanding of the theories relating to trade and international business and how they are being applied in an increasingly interdependent world. The module commences with an introduction to the world trade system, the process of trade liberalisation and multilateral trade negotiations, the pros and cons of free trade. In the second part of the course we introduce the perspective of international business, in particular a focus on the role of multinational enterprise in the world trade system. Taken together these elements should equip students with a broader sense of running a business beyond the domestic market.

  • Year 3

    • Development Policy Seminars (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This student-led policy-focused module allows a blend of economics and politics, rights and development with consideration of legal and policy frameworks, bringing together the different aspects of the degree programme into one, finalist module. It give you the opportunity to conduct in-depth research on a topic of interest to you for an oral presentation and a subsequent policy critique, producing in-depth knowledge of a specialist area.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose two modules from the following:

    • Public International Law (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Humanitarianism and Global Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build your understanding of particular approaches to global development that place the political context of economic development at the forefront.

    • International Trade (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide a mainstream economic perspective on trade to contrast with the development focus of the final year.

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

    • Global Geopolitics: Critical Perspectives and Issues (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • International Finance (30 credits) - Optional
      This module aims to provide students with knowledge of theories of exchange rate and balance of payments, and skills of managing international financial assets and exchange rate risks in a global environment. Students have the opportunity to study the operations of the world capital markets, grasp the principles essential to understanding of global financial issues and policies, and apply tools to effectively evaluate and manage foreign exchange risks in order to succeed in international financial environment.
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Humanitarianism and Global Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to build your understanding of particular approaches to global development that place the political context of economic development at the forefront.

    • International Trade (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide a mainstream economic perspective on trade to contrast with the development focus of the final year.

    • Public International Law (30 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Global Trade Law (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is designed to give you a thorough understanding and knowledge of global trade regimes which will include:

      • an overview of globalisation and contemporary international economic relations
      • the regulation of international trade through the WTO
      • the relationship among international trade, harmonisation of the law and trade-related issues.

      You will develop your understanding of the origins, structure, rationale and scope of the global trading system, and you will be able to demonstrate your legal and multidisciplinary knowledge, analytical skills and understanding through extended writing in a cogent and appropriate writing style.

    • Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 credits) - Optional

      This module is only an option if it was not previously taken.

    • International Politics and the Middle East and North Africa (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to provide you with an interdisciplinary in-depth knowledge of key issues and debates, both historical and contemporary, relevant to an international political perspective on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The module concentrates on the region extending from Morocco to Iran which includes the Arab world, Iran, Kurdistan, Turkey and Israel and will analyse the complex relationships between these countries in the MENA region and their foreign policies with each other as well as the role of the US, Europe, Russia and China in effecting the region though multiple involvements and interventions. In doing so the module will introduce you to the debates around ‘orientalism’.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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

Students graduating with this degree may go on to work for diplomatic missions, embassies, the Foreign Office, human rights advocacy centres or conduct regional economic analysis.

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.

Harry Phinda

International Politics BA Honours, graduate

Youth for Change is a global youth advocacy organisation I started with other young people who wanted to create an authentic youth led organisation. Our launch was in 2014 and we partnered with the UK Government to create the Global Girls’ Summit. To date, we operate in Bangladesh, Tanzania and Ethiopia where we work to end gender based violence. In the UK, we have trained 100 teachers in six schools in London.

The best moment of my career so far was being able to put on the first ever national schools conference on gender based violence. The conference was held at Winchmore School in collaboration with IKRWO (The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation) and Not in My Classroom. We also partnered with the Harris Academy schools to deliver training to 10 schools across London. This was one of my biggest highlights with Youth for Change because we were actually training front line professionals who would safeguard the very girls we were trying to protect. We have also led a workshop on gender-based violence at the United Nations and our Bangladesh team was invited onto national TV to speak about child marriage.

I have just been awarded The Queen’s Young Leader Award in recognition for my work in bettering the lives of young people in the Commonwealth. I have contributed my whole life to advocating for young people and their rights in top spaces; whether that was my initial engagement at 15 at the G8 summit in Italy, or my five year board position at UNICEF UK. It feels very surreal that I actually won the Award but this is just the beginning of my journey. I am glad the Queen recognises the importance of young people to create change.

After graduating with my International Politics degree I took a break and travelled which was really important to my development. I carried on working on Youth for Change and saw a strategy position in the Cabinet Office which I successfully applied for. Currently, my job is creating a process to internalise a function we outsourced to KPMG, saving the government thousands of pounds. I am also responsible for policy delivering for the First Commissioner’s priorities across government departments.

I will be moving to the Home Office soon and I am also going to be starting a podcast, sharing stories of people who have redrawn the boundary that society has drawn for them called Age is Just a Number. I will also be launching a new campaign to change the societal narrative of black men and success.

Middlesex gave me the flexibility to do well in my studies as well as my extra-curricular activities. The really inspiring lecturers who would talk about their real life experience was crucial. They always encouraged me in all my endeavours and I am forever thankful!

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