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

Learning style and contact time | Assessment | Degree structure

frenchThis multidisciplinary degree enables you to engage with political theory and international relations issues while
studying the French language in depth. Core training in Politics is combined with the global perspective provided
by International Studies modules and a focus on French and Francophone society.

Political theory, international relations, and French language modules provide the core of the degree. Independent and collaborative study in these areas will develop your abilities in investigative and evaluative research, presentation and critical analysis, and build strong written and oral French communication skills. You can explore sub-fields within each discipline, including political systems, comparative politics, international political economy, French literature, French cinema, and international development. You can choose options from a variety of modules within PAIS and the Department of French, including Justice, Democracy and Citizenship; and Government and the Shaping of Culture in Contemporary France. The Department is also a hive of extra-curricular activity, such as international film screenings and regular visits from guest speakers.

Your first year builds a strong foundation in all three areas, focusing on core modules. In your second year, there is more flexibility to choose optional modules to match your interests. Your third year is spent studying or on work placement in a French-speaking country. In your final year, you can choose a 50-50 split between PAIS and French, or take 75% of modules in one of the two disciplines. Third-year module options include a dissertation, which allows you to explore further an area of particular interest.

The Course Director in PAIS is Dr Erzsebet Strausz, and your main contact is Course Director Prof Alison Ribeiro de Menezes.

Learning style and contact time

Warwick operates on a three term basis with all PAIS modules running for the full year and you can normally expect to take four modules in each year of your degree. Teaching follows a pattern of weekly lectures and seminars supplemented by a range of innovative teaching and learning techniques including group work, screening of relevant documentaries and films, and the use of web-based material. Guest speakers are sometimes invited to share their experiences or research. Every student is also given the opportunity to make at least one seminar presentation on the topic of your choice in each module and focused open debates in seminars are encouraged. You will also write a number of formative essays for which you will receive extensive feedback in preparation for your module assessments.

You will typically have eight hours per week of classroom contact with faculty. However, if further help is needed, all PAIS faculty hold at least two office hours each week during which you can bring questions about their modules and assessment. These meetings offer excellent opportunities to discuss your progress on a one-to-one basis with your tutors. Each PAIS student is also assigned a Personal Tutor who is responsible for monitoring your progress on your degree.


Assessment on PAIS modules is mainly through a combination of examinations and extended essays at the end of each year. In almost all modules, second and third year students have the option to either take a full three hours examination or write a 3000 word essay and sit an hour and a half examination. Final year students have the option to write two 3000 word essays instead of sitting an examination on some of their modules. Final year students can also choose to research and write a 10,000 word dissertation in place of one of their modules.

Yearly structure

Year 1

1. Core module: Introduction to Politics
2. Core module: World Politics
3. Core module: Modern French Language I
4. 4. Core module: FR121 The Story of Modern France

Year 2

1. Core module: Political Theory from HobbesPolitical Theory from Hobbes
2. Core module: 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 exchange universities include:

  • Institut d'études politiques de Paris-Reims (Sciences Po Paris-Reims)
  • Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence (Sciences Po Aix)
  • Institut d'études politiques de Bordeaux (Sciences Po Bordeaux)
  • Institut d'études politiques de Lyon (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