BA Honours in International Relations and Arabic

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Program Description

BA Honours in International Relations and Arabic

University of Westminster - Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

At Westminster, we train competent linguists in modern languages ready to enter graduate employment. We place particular emphasis on employability and the contemporary cultural context, and offer high-quality teaching in all language skills.

This course will enable you to achieve a good or high level of linguistic competence in Arabic in all four skill areas (reading, writing, listening and speaking), and a critical understanding of culture and politics from the perspective of the changing dynamics of the global order in world politics. You will have the opportunity to study language, culture and international relations in an integrated way, exploring the connections between them and the broader geopolitical and cross-cultural contexts in which they are produced. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Our Arabic courses are only available to beginner or 'false beginner' entrants – false beginners are students who may be able to read the Arabic script, and/or have the equivalent to one or two years' part-time study. Please note that we may need to test you to determine your entry point.

Course content

You will study an integrated curriculum with a focus on applied language skills and cultural studies, supported by a rigorous development of your foreign languages skills in all areas.

You will develop a high level of competence in oral and written communication in Arabic, proficiency in language transfer skills, a thorough knowledge of Arabic culture, and the ability to function linguistically in diverse cultural situations.

International relations is concerned with the challenges of traditional and emerging geopolitics. It focuses on the changing configurations of power, privilege and identity in world politics, and you will explore questions of governance, democracy and human rights in a post-colonial world.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and workshops, but most of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning.

Assessment methods include essays, exams, individual and group presentations projects, and critical analysis.

You will have the opportunity to spend a full academic year abroad at a partner institution and/or approved form of employment in a country where Arabic is the official language. You can also study an elective module from across the University in each year.

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Year 1 (Credit Level 4)

Subjects of study include:

  • British Politics
  • Democracy in Crisis
  • Global Governance and the State
  • Intercultural Communication – an Introduction
  • Introduction to International Relations and Global Politics
  • Introduction to the Study of Language and Culture
  • Objects and Meaning: World Cultures in London Galleries and Museums
  • The Arabic World and the Word
  • The Global Politics of Migration

Year 2 (Credit Level 5)

Subjects of study include:

  • Asia, Africa and Latin America: Dynamism and Change in the Global South
  • Culture(s) and Conflict(s): Representations of War, Conflict and Revolution
  • Democratic Innovations
  • Environmental Politics
  • Expressions of Arabic Culture
  • Global Security
  • Language, Power and Institutions: Decoding Dominant Narratives
  • Learning in an International Environment: a Short-Burst Module
  • Middle East Politics
  • Politics and International Relations Internship
  • Politics and Society in 21st-Century America
  • Questioning Rights: History Theory and Practice
  • Screening Memory through Food, Music and Childhood
  • The European Union as a Global Actor
  • The Politics of Killing
  • Theorising Politics and International Relations
  • Multilingual e-Collaboration: Transposing Current Affairs
  • Across World Cultures
  • Work Placement/Work Shadowing Experience in a Language/Culture Setting

Year 3 (Credit Level 6)

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Readings in Contemporary Political Theory
  • American Power in a Multipolar World
  • Contested Sovereignty: Jurisdiction and Power in Contemporary International Relations
  • Developing Career Competences for Linguists
  • Digital Politics
  • Dreaming the Same Dream? Concepts of Happiness across Cultures
  • Ethics, Morality and World Order(s)
  • Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in a Changing World
  • Gender and Politics
  • Gender Matters: Femininities, Masculinities and Trans-Cultural Practice
  • Humanitarian Intervention and International Relations
  • Dissertation
  • Narrating the Other: Politics and Literature
  • People and Things on the Move: Identity, Place and Memory in and Across Diasporic Spaces
  • Political Psychology
  • Postcolonial Politics and International Relations
  • Radical Democracy
  • Security and the Surveillance State
  • Social and Political Movements in a Globalising World
  • Special Topic in Politics and International Relations
  • Themes in Arabic Studies

The course content is listed by year, corresponding to the full-time mode of study. If you study part-time you will study the same content, spread over five years.

Westminster electives

As part of your course you can take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 21, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
3 - 5 years
Part time
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9,250 GBP
Home/EU: £9,250 - Overseas: £12,500
United Kingdom - London, England
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