The Major is entirely taught in English and provides progressive structures enabling you to develop increasingly specialised knowledge and understanding of key themes in international politics alongside core transferable skills. The Minor is primarily taught in French, allowing you to strengthen your language skills and easily integrate into French life. In Major/Minor programmes, students take 90 credits in the Major subject and 30 credits of the Minor subject in each year of study.
Learning and teaching
As a student at ULIP, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. You’ll receive approximately eleven hours of weekly contact time, in the form of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercises and role-play as well as open discussion.
For every hour spent in seminars you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations. The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at ULIP.
Learning Labs and Field Experience
Learning Labs involves field experience where you will engage actors of international politics to develop an advanced understanding of practical aspects of international politics. You will then bring this experience back to the classroom to collaborate with your peers and teachers on experience-based learning projects. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
Students are assessed by a combination of coursework and exams. A few modules are assessed by coursework only. If a module is assessed by means of coursework alone, this is usually in the form of a research project or dissertation, and the tutor project supervisor offers guidance and support in the researching and writing of this piece of assessment.
Students in this programme will take 30-credits French modules every year. The courses will be primarily taught in French allowing you to capitalise on your existing French knowledge and strengthen your language skills to become more fluent. Proficiency in French is required for the BA in International Politics with French programme, students must have A level French or equivalent.
If you do not meet this entry requirement, you can still study BA in International Politics without the French option and take non-credit-bearing supplementary courses in French throughout the duration of your studies.
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- Doing International Politics (1): Theories and Actors (POLP101) – taught in English
- Learning Lab: Field Experience (Actors) (POLP102) – taught in English
- Introduction to International Politics (POLP106) – taught in English
- Written and Oral Expression - taught and assessed in French (ULL100)
- Doing International Politics (2): Methods (POLP201) – taught in English
- Learning Lab: Field Experience (Sites) (POLP202A) – taught in English
- Sites of International Politics (POLP203) – taught in English
- Advanced Grammar of Written and Spoken French - taught and assessed in French (ULL200)
Optional modules (students select 1 form the list below)
- Introduction to French Linguistics (ULC201) – taught in French
- Identités I: Gender and Sexuality (ULC212) - taught in French
- Twentieth-Century Art (ULC213) – taught in French
- History and Memory I: Les récits nationaux (ULC214) - taught in French
- Text and Image in Mass Culture (ULC223) – taught in English
- Climate Politics (ULC230) ) – taught in English
- Politics and Fiction (ULC231) – taught in English
- Queer Politics in Contemporary France (ULC232) – taught in English
- France, Britain and Empire (ULC234) – taught in English
- Doing International Politics (3): Practices (POLP301) – taught in English
- Learning Lab: Field Experience (Practices) (POLP302A) – taught in English
- Research Project (POLP388) – taught in English
- Advanced techniques in formal discourse (ULL300) - taught and examined in French
Optional Modules (students select 1 from the list below)
- Advanced translation (ULL311 or ULL312) – taught in French/English
- Fin de siècle I: Politics and Ideology (ULC304) – taught in French
- La prose de la ville (ULC307) – taught in French
- Républicanisme en France I: 1789-1914 (ULC310) – taught in French
- French colonialism in North Africa (ULC313) – taught in English
- Y2K BD: Fin de millénaire bande dessinée (ULC315) – taught in English
- Républicanisme en France II: 1789-1914 (ULC320) – taught in French
- Trauma and Transmission: Holocaust Afterlives (ULC326) – taught in English
- Eléments de linguistique française (ULC327) – taught in French
- Classic French Cinema (ULC328) – taught in English
- Research Dissertation (ULC329) – presented in French or English
- Postcolonial Fictions in the City of Paris (C333) – taught in English
*All courses listed above are subject to availability.