This fascinating course explores the emerging discipline of international relations, from a theoretical and historical perspective and in the context of issues and events in contemporary politics and society.
You will study three mandatory subject-specific modules covering international relations, diplomacy and human trafficking.
Using case studies and actual events, you can explore the actions of government and non-governmental agencies, private enterprise and international bodies in relation to key challenges, such as terrorism, security, poverty and human trafficking. You’ll have opportunities to gain an insight into the perspective and motivations of policy and decision makers, as well as the impact on individuals, communities or countries they affect. As well as the core modules, you are able to tailor your studies by choosing two optional modules around three themes. The Diplomacy specialism addresses some of the specific skills needed for employment in your national diplomatic service or international governmental and non-governmental organisations. While a focus on international law potentially opens career opportunities in criminal justice, aid and development, environmental protection and human rights. If choosing the African Governance and Security specialism, you have the chance to develop an understanding of one of the world’s fastest growing regions with potential career opportunities in the domestic and international public and private sectors.
To attain the award of Master of Arts, you will be required to complete an extended dissertation examining in depth an area of the course that particularly interests you, possibly aligned with your chosen specialism, and based on research undertaken with the support of a dedicated supervisor. In the last year, students have researched Europe’s refugee crisis; celebrity diplomacy; the implications of drone technology for diplomacy; the relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia; cyber diplomacy; and piracy off the coast of Nigeria.
The relevance of course content is reinforced by staff involvement in professional organisations, such as the British International Studies Association (BISA), the Political Studies Association (PSA), the University Association for Contemporary European Studies, the African Studies Association of the UK (ASAUK) and the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR).
The School of Humanities and Coventry Law School has an outstanding network of professional contacts, which spans diplomats and diplomacy specialists in a range of prestigious external organisations, both private and public, such as Chatham House, the Centre for the Study of Slavery, the Royal African Society and the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy. These links are reflected in talks and events delivered by experts in the field, such as an assistant district attorney from Sicily, assistant chief constable of South Yorkshire Police, deputy high commissioner of Tanzania to the UK; a senior manager from the UK’s National Crime Agency and a forensic accountant from the Italian national police.