BA International Relations and Modern Languages
|Typical offer||AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32|
This degree gives you the opportunity of combining International Relations and a modern language. Your third year will normally be spent studying abroad in a country where you can develop your chosen language.
For your study of a modern language, by the end of your degree you will have developed strong skills in spoken and written language and analytical thought, a deeper understanding of another culture and people, and have proven to yourself and others that you can meet a challenge head on. As our graduates testify, studying a modern language will equip you with the skills employers seek across a wide range of professions.
German, Italian, Russian and Spanish can be studied from A level or beginner’s level, with students reaching degree level in the final year. Chinese and Portuguese can normally only be studied from beginner’s level. French can only be studied from A level, not beginner’s level, to degree level, though it is possible to study French from beginner’s level to a lesser level of proficiency than degree level in the Foreign Language Centre, subject to demand.
This degree will also give you a solid grounding in understanding international issues together with the opportunity to specialise in a particular region or special subject, such as transnational crime or globalisation. You'll receive an excellent education across the range of international relations topics in a supportive and responsive learning environment enriched by research. You’ll gain an appreciation of the historical evolution of the international system, as well as engaging with the key dilemmas dominating international politics today. We aim to ensure that you’ll be able to understand and use the main concepts and theories in the study of international relations to analyse and interpret world political events and issues.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The degree is made up of compulsory and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
You will take half your credits in International Relations and the remaining credits in French.
Please note that modules offered are subject to change, depending on staff availability, timetabling, and demand.
The first year will improve your language skills and introduce you to the historical development of the international political system, key theories of international politics and problems in contemporary international politics.
|POL1017||Globalization of World Politics||15|
|POL1018||Facing the Challenges of World Politics in the Twenty-First Century||15|
|MLR1001||Contemporary Russian, Written and Oral||30|
|MLP1052||Portuguese Language for Beginners||30|
Select 30 credits of International Relations Level 1 optional modules.
Select 30 credits of Modern Language Level 1 optional modules.
|POL1001A||British Government and Politics||15|
|POL1006||State and Society||15|
|POL1016A||History and Political Thought I||15|
|POL1016B||History of Political Thought 2||15|
|POL1019||Power and Democracy||15|
|POL1020||Politics in Europe||15|
|MLM1010||China of the Senses: Approaching Chinese Culture and Environments||15|
|MLF1014||Love and Death in French Culture||15|
|MLF1015||War and Conflict in French Literature||15|
|MLF1103||The French Language, Present and Past||15|
|MLF1105||An Introduction to French Thought||15|
|MLF1119||French Cinema from the New Wave to the Present Day||15|
|MLF1121||French Visual History||15|
|MLG1014||A Nation Remembers: Issues in German Cultural Memory||15|
|MLG1015||Representations of Education in German Literature and Film: Satire, Trauma, Melodrama||15|
|MLG1016||War, Passion and Possibly Love: Approaches to Genre in German Literature||15|
|MLG1017||Turning Points in German History 1200 - 2000||15|
|MLG1018||Nature and the City in German Literature, Visual Arts and Film||15|
|MLI1054||Contemporary Italian Cinema: an Introduction to Reading Popular Film||15|
|MLI1055||Introduction to Italian Linguistics||15|
|MLI1121||A Thousand Faces: Cultures and History in 19th-Century Italy||15|
|MLP1002||Introduction to the Lusophone World||15|
|MLR1005||Chekhov's Major Plays||15|
|MLR1023||Russia Empire and Identity||15|
|MLR1024||Russian Heroes and Heroines||15|
|MLS1012||Contemporary Latin America: Culture, Society and Institutions||15|
|MLS1021||The Generation of 1898: Imagining Spain||15|
|MLS1022||The Outsider in Hispanic Texts||15|
|MLS1023||Spain since the Transition: Society, Politics and Culture||15|
|MLS1062||Introduction to the History of the Spanish Language||15|
|MLS1064||An Introduction to the Hispanic World: Texts in Context||15|
In the second year you will advance your knowledge and methods through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.
|POL2020||Contemporary Theories of World Politics||15|
|MLF2001||French Language, Written and Oral||30|
|MLG2001||German Language, Written and Oral||30|
|MLI2001||Italian Language, Written and Oral||30|
|MLR2001||Contemporary Russian, Written and Oral I||30|
|MLS2001||Spanish Language, Written and Oral||30|
Select 30 credits of International Relations Level 2 optional modules.
Select 30 credits of Modern Languages Level 2 optional modules.
|POL2020||Contemporary Theories of World Politics||15|
|POL2026||Political Analysis: Behaviour, Institutions, Ideas||15|
|POL2027||The Politics of the World Economy||15|
|POL2038||International Relations, War and Peace in the Middle East||15|
|POL2046||The Economics of Politics||15|
|POL2059||Political Thought of Modernity||15|
|POL2060||Public Policy and Administration||15|
|POL2062||Comparative Politics: Approaches and Concepts||15|
|POL2068||Global Justice and Transnational Democracy||15|
|POL2070||Quantitative methods in political science||15|
|POL2071||Experimental Research in the Social Sciences||15|
|POL2072||Race Ethnicity and Politics||15|
|MLM2010||Reading China: from Mandarins to Revolutionists||15|
|MLM2011||Encounters and Entanglements: Chinese Art in Global Perspective||15|
|MLF2003||Freedom and French Realism||15|
|MLF2012||Evolution of the French Language||15|
|MLF2029||Varieties of French||15|
|MLF2056||Provoking Thoughts: French Literature and Philosophy from the Renaissance to the 20th Century||15|
|MLF2063||Crime and Punishment in French Fiction||15|
|MLF2065||Contemporary French Film: Issues and Debates||15|
|MLF2066||Intimate Spaces of the French Enlightenment||15|
|MLF2067||Gender and Resistance: Contemporary Women's Writing in French||15|
|MLF2068||Telling Stories: Narrative Strategies in 19th and 20th Century Fiction in French||15|
|MLF2069||East is East? Cross-Cultural Encounters in Medieval French Literature||15|
|MLG2018||Berlin - Culture, History and Politics||15|
|MLG2034||Crime and Madness in German Prose Fiction||15|
|MLG2042||Ideologies and Identities in German Cinema||15|
|MLG2045||Protest, Priests and Princes: Germany in the Early Modern Period||15|
|MLG2047||Language in the Goethezeit||15|
|MLI2024||Love (and Marriage?)||15|
|MLI2120||Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed||15|
|MLP2002||Portuguese as a Global Language||15|
|MLP2003||The Lustotropical Tempest: An Introduction to Portuguese Speaking Africa||15|
|MLR2017||Monsters, Ghosts and Vampires in Russian Literature||15|
|MLR2018||Revolutionary Theatre: 1917-1932||15|
|MLR2054||Soviet History 1917-1991||30|
|MLS2032||Introduction to Commercial Spanish||15|
|MLS2045||Federico Garcia Lorca: Theatre and Poetry||15|
|MLS2053||Franco's Spain: Narratives under Dictatorship||15|
|MLS2060||Love and Death in Spanish Drama||15|
|MLS2061||The Latin American Short Story||15|
|MLS2067||Spain from Democracy to Dictatorship: Republic, Civil War and Francoism, 1931 - 1953||15|
|MLS2157||The Short Story of the Spanish Golden Age||15|
|SML2209||Music in Medieval Europe||15|
|SML2244||Multilingualism in Society||15|
The third year is spent abroad, either on a work placement, studying at a university, or in a school working as a language assistant.
Compulsory module choice
|SML3010||Work and Study Abroad||120|
|SML3020||Study Abroad at a Partner University||120|
|SML3025||Internship Abroad Combined with Study at a Partner University||120|
The centre-point of the final year is the dissertation. You will also take up to three other specialist modules to create a programme fully reflecting your interests.
Select 60 credits of International Relations Level 3 optional modules.
Select 30 credits of French and Modern Languages Level 3 optional modules.
|POL3069||Globalisation and the Politics of Resistance||30|
|POL3074||The Politics of Climate Change||30|
|POL3120||War and Public Opinion||30|
|POL3123||Strategy in the Twenty-First Century: From Idea to Practice||30|
|POL3124||Anarchism and World Ordering||30|
|POL3125||The History and Political Development of Iraq||15|
|POL3126||Ethno-Politics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies||15|
|POL3127||EU Democracy Promotion in the Middle East and North Africa||30|
|POL3128||Armed Islamist Movements: Jihadism and Beyond||15|
|POL3129||Politics and Reform in the Gulf||15|
|POL3148||Human Rights and the Political||30|
|POL3153||Justice, Democracy and Civil Society.||30|
|POL3156||Central Asian Politics||30|
|POL3166||Comparing Western Democracies: Parties, Elites, Institutions||30|
|POL3168||War and its Aftermath: Interventions and Contemporary Conflict||30|
|POL3170||Marxism and Post-Structuralism||30|
|POL3174||International Security and US Foreign Policy||30|
|POL3175||Nationalisms in the Middle East||15|
|POL3177||The Refugee Crisis in the Modern World||30|
|POL3179||City Politics: Power, Policy and Conflict||30|
|POL3180||Latin American Parties, Politics and Elections||30|
|POL3184||Politics of Semi-democratic and Authoritarian Countries||30|
|POL3186B||Gender, Militarization and Resistance||30|
|POL3187||Sub-National and Local Governance: A Practice Approach||30|
|MLM3010||Ritual and Power: Text and Image of Chinese Landscapes||15|
|MLF3034||Sociolinguistics of French||15|
|MLF3046||Dialectology in France||15|
|MLF3050||Music, Poetry, and Society at the Late Medieval French Court||15|
|MLF3053||Looking Awry: Exploring the Unorthodox in Early Modern France||15|
|MLF3069||Writing Women and Strange Monsters||15|
|MLF3072||Sex and the Text: Gender and Authority in Late Medieval France||15|
|MLF3073||Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu||15|
|MLG3022||The Foundation of Modern Germany 1860-1900||15|
|MLG3026||Pamphlets and Propaganda in German and Austrian History||15|
|MLG3028||Violence, Gender and Nationhood in the Work of Heinrich von Kleist||15|
|MLG3035||Violence and Vanitas: The German Baroque||15|
|MLG3036||Dictatorships on Display: History Exhibitions in Germany and Austria||15|
|MLG3037||Coping with Catastrophe: German Culture, Literature and Politics in the Interwar Years||15|
|MLI3028||Italian Varieties and Dialects||15|
|MLI3052||Representing Immigration in Contemporary Italian Cinema||15|
|MLI3053||Liaison Interpreting and Report Writing between English and Italian||15|
|MLI3199||Elena Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend||15|
|MLP3002||Afro-Brazil: Ideas of Africa in Brazilian Fiction||15|
|MLR3025||Apocalypse/Utopia: The Russian Roots of Revolution||15|
|MLS3031||The Varieties of Modern Spanish||15|
|MLS3037||Women and Feminism in 20th Century Spain||15|
|MLS3045||Spanish Romantic Drama||15|
|MLS3048||Memory and Autobiographical Writing in 20th Century Spain||15|
|MLS3057||Cross Currents: Memory, Myth and Modernity in Latin America||15|
|MLS3060||The Amorous Lyric of the Spanish Golden Age||15|
|MLS3061||Religion, Revolution and Counterrevolution||15|
|MLS3062||Spain and the fin de siecle: from Disaster to Modernity||15|
|SML3012||Law in Fiction||15|
|SML3031||Advanced Translation Skills||15|
|SML3035||The Fantastic in 19th and 20th Century Literature||15|
|SML3036||Beyond Sex and the City: Becoming a Woman in Contemporary Western Cinema||15|
|SML3037||Longing for an Audience: Medieval Troubadour Lyric||15|
Entry requirements 2018
AAA-ABB; IB: 36-32
Dependent on your chosen language; see table below.
Selecting your chosen language when applying
When applying to a Combined Honours degree with Modern Languages you will need to indicate under ‘further details’ in the ‘choices’ section of the application the language you wish to study using the codes below. Please note you may choose only one language. For further information on completing your UCAS form, please visit the UCAS website.
|Fren||French||GCE AL French grade B; IB French HL5|
|Chin||Chinese||GCE AL in a modern foreign language (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) grade B; IB modern foreign language (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) HL5|
- Grade B at A level is required in any language you intend to study from A level.
- You may only choose one language.
- Students wishing to pursue language study on the basis of a GCSE are normally classed as beginners.
- French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish can be studied either from A level or beginner’s level, with both cohorts reaching degree level in the final year. Portuguese and Chinese can normally only be studied from beginner’s level, not from A Level; students of these two languages reach degree level in final year.
Additional selection criteria
We are looking for well-qualified students with a genuine interest in and enthusiasm for the subject.
We receive a large number of applications from well-qualified applicants and may not be able to make offers to all those applicants who have achieved or are predicted to achieve grades in line with the typical offer shown above.
In addition to the specific requirements listed above, we look for excellent A level* results/predictions and we may also take into account results up to and including GCSEs* and AS Levels* as part of our holistic assessment of an application.
*Equivalent qualifications will be considered. For more information about our equivalencies for specific qualifications please contact our Admissions Office.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
In Modern Languages our teaching aims not just to improve your production and comprehension of the language but also to help you develop your language-learning skills. These will enable you to take responsibility for your language learning, to continue learning the language after graduation and to pick up new languages in the future.
Written language is taught through weekly classes of about 18 students with teams of tutors who contribute to a programme aimed at grammar improvement and the development of advanced writing skills. You'll also have weekly oral practice in classes of about eight with native speakers. You'll be expected to prepare written work or presentations for seminars, in which you’ll have the opportunity to express your own point of view and to discuss other people’s ideas.
All language students have access to the language-learning facilities provided by the Foreign Language Centre, which include satellite television channels in each of our languages and audio, computer and multi-media language-learning packages.
Non-language modules in French are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and/or tutorials. Our teaching methods are chosen to encourage you to become an increasingly independent learner as you progress through the years.
In International Relations we also place considerable emphasis on teaching in small groups (15-20 students), which gives you ample opportunity to participate, as well as providing close contact between you and members of staff. In the final year much of your learning occurs in seminar groups led by a member of faculty on a specialised area of their research.
You'll have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies.
You must pass your first year assessment in order to progress to the second year, but the results do not count towards your degree classification. For four-year programmes the assessments in the second, third and fourth years all contribute to your final degree classification.
Assessment includes formal exams and assessed coursework, including essays and projects as well as practical assignments, oral language tasks, field work notebooks.
A degree from the University of Exeter will provide you with a range of professional, academic and personal skills that will prepare you for future employment.
Our programmes not only give you an understanding of your subjects but also give you an excellent all round education. You will learn to understand other people's points of view, communicate your own position clearly and argue effectively. You will also learn to collect, assess and present evidence and to work independently and in groups.
Language skills are particularly valued in a wide range of employment such as finance, law, the media and the teaching profession.
Studying International Relations will develop your understanding of complex political and cultural issues, often in continually changing environments, which can be relevant to both business and public sector appointments.
Developing your skills and career prospects
We provide a range of support to help you develop skills attractive to employers. You will be able to access a range of specific activities such as careers skills sessions and employer-led events,or seek bespoke advice and support from Employability Officers based within Colleges.
The University of Exeter's Employability and Graduate Development Service also organises a busy schedule of activities including careers fairs, skills workshops, and training events, and can advise on graduate opportunities and volunteering.
Find out more about the destinations of Politics and International Relations graduates on our Employability site.
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