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BA in Politics, International Studies and French: UCAS Code M163

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This course combines understanding and critically engaging with the political world, with studying the French language and Francophone society and culture. You’ll explore the theoretical and empirical approaches to political ideas, problems and issues nationally and globally with a particular emphasis on the significance and influence of France. Sub-fields within each discipline include political theory, political systems, comparative politics, Francophone society and culture, international relations, international political economy, French literature, French cinema and international development.

Questions about the nature of political systems you discuss in the Introduction to Politics module will then be pursued in second year modules such as Themes in European Integration. These questions are then explored further in more specialised final year modules such as The Radical Right in France. Your third year is spent studying at a partner university or on work placement in France or in another French-speaking country. University partners include: Sciences Po Paris, the Sorbonne and the IEP Bordeaux.

Yearly structure

Year 1

1. Core: Introduction to Politics
2. Core: World Politics
3. Core: Modern French Language I
4. Core: The Story of Modern France

Year 2

1. Core: Political Theory from Hobbes
2. Core: Modern French Language II
3. Option 1: Any second-year PAIS module
4. Option 2: Any second-year module(s) offered by the French Department, totalling 30 CATS credits

Year 3

The third year is spent studying and/or on work placement in a country where French is the native language. Possible study abroad universities include:

  • Sciences Po Paris
  • Sciences Po Paris-Reims
  • Sciences Po Aix-en-Provence
  • Sciences Po Bordeaux
  • Sciences Po Lyon
  • Université de Caen Basse Normandie
  • Université de Bourgogne
  • Université Paris X Nanterre
  • Université Paris IV Sorbonne
  • Université Sendhal
  • Université des Antilles et de la Guyane (Martinique)
  • Institut Supérieur de Traducteurs et Interprètes (Bruxelles)
  • Université Bordeaux III

Year 4

1. Core: Issues in Political Theory
2. Core: Modern French Language III
3. Option 1: Any third-year PAIS module OR any third-year module(s) offered by the French Department, totalling 30 CATS credits
4. Option 2: Any third-year PAIS module OR any third-year module(s) offered by the French Department, totalling 30 CATS credits