International Relations and International Development

The International Year One in International Relations and International Development is your route to a range of International Relations and International Development degrees at the University of Sussex. You will explore subjects such as colonialism, international development, global affairs, international relations and the modern international system.

Along with English language and career skills training, your subject-specific modules will fully prepare you to study your chosen degree.

What you will study

Academic English Skills aims to provide you with thorough training in the language and related academic skills which will enable you to best achieve your academic potential at University. These skills include the processes of academic writing, effective and extensive reading strategies, effective participation in seminars and delivery of presentations, and listening to and recording information effectively from lectures. You will also develop the accuracy and range of written and spoken language required to use language effectively and appropriately, with clarity and confidence in an academic context.
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.
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.
This module aims to introduce you to the key issues facing low income economies in the global south.
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.
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
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.
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.

Your degree at Sussex

This course can lead to the second year of an undergraduate degree listed below (subject to meeting the grades outlined). The degrees and grades listed are valid for 2017/18 intakes only and are subject to change.

Degree Programmes Award Overall Grade English Grade
International Development BA (Hons) 40% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
International Relations BA (Hons) 40% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)
International Relations and Development BA (Hons) 40% 60% (60% writing, 50% other skills)