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International Relations and International Development

International students in a classroom

Why study international relations and international development at Sussex?

  • Sussex is one of the largest and longest established centres of international development expertise in the world.
  • International relations at Sussex is ranked 7th in the UK for the quality of its research and publications in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), carried out in 2008.

Core modules

English and Skills for University Study 1 and 2
Over these two modules, you will develop your English communication skills and learn a range of study skills, including writing and reading strategies, presentation and seminar participation, organisation of time and materials, meeting deadlines and responding to feedback. When you have completed these modules, you will be able to take notes and write essays in English. You should also have the confidence to give presentations, answer follow-up questions and contribute to seminar discussions. 

Academic and Employability skills for International Relations and International Development
The module aims to provide you with the particular academic skills that they will need in order to succeed in your studies during the International Year One course and your degree at Sussex. This module will also enable you to acquire vital employability skills.

Colonialism and its Legacy
The purpose of this module is to introduce you to one of the foundation pillars of the modern international system. The content will include slavery, imperialism, colonialism, development and under development and post-colonial IR theory. Themes of independence and oppression and its effects on identity will echo throughout the module.

Development Issues
This module aims to introduce you to the key issues facing low income economies in the global south.

Development of the Modern International System
The objective of this module is for you to develop an understanding of the key issues surrounding defining historical occurrences in the shaping of the International system. The course begins with a review of the city state and moves to the introduction of the Westphalian state as the basis of the international system. It discusses key concepts such as fascism, communism, the league of nations, WW2, the re-emergence of China and decolonisation. The cold war and post-cold war periods are also explored. Major international events are examined from the point of view that understanding varying perspectives and how they influence interpretation of these events is a major tool for social scientists.

Global Affairs
The objective of this module is for you to develop an appreciation of the dynamics at play in global politics. Issues and debates which inform international political economy and global affairs will be introduced as a foundation for understanding more detailed analysis in future studies. The module will demonstrate how political life at all levels, both nationally and regionally, influences affairs and policy around the world.

Introduction to International Relations
This module will acquaint you with the theories which form the basis of International Relations study. You will also be introduced to the historical development of the Global system and the inter relatedness which critical analysis of issues and debates in the field must take into account. Key concepts will also be delivered.

Key Thinkers in Development
The aim of this module is to introduce you to the life and work of some of the seminal thinkers in the field of International Development. With its emergence during the era of decolonisation half a century ago to its contemporary emphasis on poverty reduction, the field has attracted thinkers and practitioners from diverse multidisciplinary backgrounds and geographical regions.

Leading to degrees in...

International Year One in International Relations and International Development can lead to the second year of one of the following degrees, subject to meeting the grades outlined below:

Degree Programmes Award English Grade Semester 1 Semester 2
International Development BA (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
International Relations BA (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
International Relations and Development BA (Hons) 60% 40% 40%
These degrees and grades are subject to change.

Semester dates

September 2016 start

Semester 1: 
12/09/2016 - 16/12/2016

Semester 2:
16/01/2017 - 05/05/2017

January 2017 start 

Semester 1:
16/01/2017 - 21/04/2017

Semester 2:
08/05/2017 - 11/08/2017

Entry dates:
September or January

Need to improve your English?

At the ISC we offer a range of courses to help you improve your English language skills. Our English Language Programme and English for Pre-Masters courses start in June and September.