University of Leeds

Introduction

The University of Leeds was founded in 1904, but its origins go back to t­he nineteenth century with the founding of the Leeds School of Medicine in 1831 and then the Yorkshire College of Science in 1874.

In 1831 a group of young m­en established the Leeds School ­of Medicine which meant that medical students no longer had to go to Scotland, London or overseas to stu­dy.

The Yorkshire College of Science was found­ed around 40 years later largely as a result of concerns by the wool and textile industries that the rapid development of new technologies in Europe posed a threat to the local cloth trade.

For the sons of local families, it was one of the first colleges for students of all faiths and backgrounds. The College supported the values of the recently established University College, London and Owens College in Manchester. These had been set up to challenge the exclusivity of Oxford and Cambridge universities, which were predominantly for the Anglican aristocracy and gentry.

By contrast, this new generation of learning institutions welcomed all religions, including Dissenters, Catholics, Jews and agnostics. In addition, they placed particular emphasis on meeting the technological demands of the fast-changing Victorian era. From the outset, the College, particularly, put its full weight behind scientific studies.

After a few years, classics, modern literature and history were added to the science subjects being offered and the Yorkshire College of Science became simply the Yorkshire College.

In 1884, the College combined with the School of Medicine and three years later the two Leeds-based institutions joined forces with Owens College Manchester, and University College Liverpool, to become the federal Victoria University.

It wasn't long, however, before each of the cities started to consider the benefits of forming their own universities. After Manchester and Liverpool had taken the decision to establish universities, Leeds also took the leap and in 1904, King Edward VII granted the University its own Charter as an independent institution.

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BA in International Development

Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

BA International Development examines major world issues from the viewpoint of the people and nations of the South. [+]

BA in International Development

BA International Development examines major world issues from the viewpoint of the people and nations of the South.

 

This course allows you to combine a breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge in the field of International Development with a disciplinary specialisation, such as Geography or Politics, or a regional specialism, such as East Asian Studies.

 

You will review contemporary development issues, and examine the progress of key international development goals, such as poverty reduction, and reducing HIV/AIDS and malaria. You will consider the impact of colonialism and the slave trade on developing countries, and examine case-studies to discover how development agencies plan and implement intervention programmes.... [-]


BA in International Relations

Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

This course aims to give you a historical understanding of how the 'society of states' has evolved, and how it may be changing today. [+]

BA in International Relations

This course aims to give you a historical understanding of how the 'society of states' has evolved, and how it may be changing today. You will examine the way states behave and what obligations they may have to wider conceptions of international society.

 

You will explore the political dynamics that influence interstate cooperation, and assess the specific role that international organisations, such as the United Nations, play in promoting international peace and security. You also have the option to study terrorism, strategic studies, international political economy and conflict in the Middle East.

 

BA in International Relations is a successful and established degree programme that has been running for many years. A dedicated team of experts in the field of international relations teach the course and use their highly specialised and general knowledge of the international system to provide a thorough grounding in the one of the most important areas of political life.... [-]


BA in Politics

Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

You will examine and discuss the key ideas which have shaped modern politics, including concepts of democracy, equality and liberty. [+]

BA in Politics

You will examine and discuss the key ideas which have shaped modern politics, including concepts of democracy, equality and liberty. This study will highlight why these ideas continue to be debated, promoted and often resisted by powerful groups.

 

You will learn about how ‘globalisation’ continues to transform politics and how different political systems (e.g. Britain, European, Asian, United States) have evolved and adapted. Furthermore you will consider the on-going impact of major events that may include: ‘the Arab Spring’; ‘crisis in the Eurozone’; and riots/protests in Britain.

 

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BA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies

Campus Full time 4 years August 2017 United Kingdom Leeds

BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies will furnish you with a historically-informed and theoretically-aware academic understanding of the dynamics of political phenomena. [+]

BA in Politics and Parliamentary Studies

 

BA Politics and Parliamentary Studies will furnish you with a historically-informed and theoretically-aware academic understanding of the dynamics of political phenomena.

 

This course allows you to gain an in-depth understanding of political processes. All students will spend the third year working on placement as an assistant to an MP in the House of Commons. For the best performing students there will be the option of working as an intern in the Canadian Parliament or Congress in Washington for the first part of the third year, with the second part of the third year in the Westminster Parliament.

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