BA International Relations and Modern Languages

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In this globalised world, knowledge of a modern language is an increasingly important skill which greatly enhances your career prospects. And this knowledge is particularly relevant to a subject like international relations. On this course you’ll hone your skills in French, Spanish or Japanese to graduate level, including a year spent abroad, whilst exploring the key issues and events within global politics today. Studying global politics and a language side by side isn’t just useful in terms of your future career. You’ll gain a particular insight into the culture of another country or region, helping you understand issues of politics and policy from another perspective.

Overview

You’ll be taught by academic staff who are active researchers and experts in their field. In the language part of your degree you’ll develop and expand your ability to read, write, and communicate within your chosen language. In your international relations modules, you’ll learn, critique and debate different understandings of the key actors and issues within the world today. How important are states in a globalised world of transnational corporations, non-governmental organisations, and international organisations, for example? What role does war and military power play within today’s international system? And how do we address shared challenges from terrorism, to climate change, to migration, to poverty and underdevelopment?

Within UEA’s International Relations programme, this course is unique in offering you a year (rather than a semester) abroad to perfect your language skills. Students of French and Spanish will be able to choose whether to spend the year abroad at a university or in a work placement, or both. Students of Japanese will study at a partner university in Japan.

Course Structure

Year 1

Your degree will begin with an overview of the key questions and debates within the discipline of international relations. You’ll explore different ways of thinking about the world from liberalism to Marxism to feminism. You’ll also explore different understandings of key issues within global politics, from war, conflict and security through to issues around development, the environment, famine and identity. At the same time, you’ll spend time in classes developing your knowledge of your chosen modern language. This will improve your understanding of, and confidence in, your ability to read, write and communicate to degree level.

Year 2

As you progress in your degree, you will be encouraged to specialise in your studies by taking modules that focus on more specific topics or regions of the world. This allows you to help shape your expertise around those things about which you are most passionate.

Year 3

Students of French and Spanish can choose whether to spend the year abroad at a university or in a work placement, or both. Students of Japanese will study at a partner university in Japan.

Year 4

You’ll become increasingly independent in your learning, with possibilities including writing a dissertation on a topic you’ve chosen. You’ll also have the chance to kick-start your career with an internship, work placement or work shadowing.

Teaching and Learning

You’ll learn in a range of environments from traditional lectures, through to small group seminars where you’ll debate your week’s work. Our teaching is focused, interactive, and up-to-date with events which are taking place around the world. You’ll learn crucial skills such as how to summarise and analyse information, how to develop and criticise arguments, and how to speak in public. At the same time you’ll study your chosen language.

You’ll also have many opportunities to learn and study independently. From your first year onwards you will spend time reading, analysing, and critiquing the arguments of others. As you progress, you’ll have the chance to develop, research and present your own ideas on international politics. This could include writing a dissertation on a topic of your choosing under the supervision of an academic expert.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed across a range of work including essays, oral presentations, book reviews, reports, projects, tests and written examinations.

Optional Study abroad or Placement Year

Students of French and Spanish will spend your third year abroad at a partner university, or in a work placement or both. Students of Japanese will study at a partner university in Japan. This is an excellent opportunity to develop your knowledge of a particular country and culture.

After the course

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills for a range of careers. These might include working for different political organisations such as international agencies, parliaments or political parties. You could work with charities, non-government organisations (NGOs), think-tanks, universities or other research organisations. Or even with bodies like the civil or diplomatic service or armed forces. You could also go into business, marketing, media, and teaching, as well as, for language students, translation, or interpreting. Alternatively you could continue your studies with a postgraduate degree. 

To help you make the transition from student to working life, our Careers Service organises a range of popular events, such as Working in Politics and Government, Working in Charities and NGOs, and Working in Westminster and Whitehall. Here you’ll have the chance to make valuable contacts and get advice and insights from successful UEA alumni.

Career destinations

Examples of careers you could enter include:

  • International organisations
  • Political careers, such as working in Parliament
  • Charities and NGOs
  • Think tanks and other research careers
  • Civil Service
  • Translation

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits

GLOBAL POLITICS 1

As an introduction to global politics, you will study the architecture and history of the international system, alongside the core theoretical approaches to understanding the dynamics of global politics. You will also be introduced to a number of core concepts for making sense of global politics, including sovereignty, the balance of power, international law, security and globalization.

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GLOBAL POLITICS 2

Global Politics 2 explores the most important controversies and debates in contemporary international politics. Because international politics is constantly changing, we review this module every year, altering the precise mix of topics to reflect the world that you see around you. All of our topics involve questions of power, ethics, transnational cooperation and security. Recently we have explored terrorism, nuclear weapons, our moral obligations to foreigners, as well as migration, the fate of the environment, and emerging powers in the international system.

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INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY POLITICS

This module introduces you to some of the key contemporary debates and issues in the disciplines of Politics and International Relations. The central theme of the module is liberal democracy, its nature, scope and potential strengths and weaknesses. You will consider forces which have had an impact upon western liberal democracy - such as globalisation and immigration - and examine case studies which illustrate the success and failure of liberal democracy in practice. The case studies change from year to year, but currently include Weimar Germany, Northern Ireland, Britain, the Israel-Palestine conflict, Iraq, France and the US. You will be assessed on this module via coursework, usually a combination of an essay and/or a reading and seminar logbook. You will learn via attendance at weekly lectures and seminars, and your own private study. In addition to enhancing your subject knowledge, you will also acquire and develop skills which will be helpful in the rest of your degree, such as critical analysis and the construction of political arguments, in both written and spoken forms, as well as improving your confidence to participate in seminar discussions.

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Students will select 60 credits from the following modules:

Students will select 60 credits from the following modules. Honours Students should take 40 or 60 credits at the relevant level of their language. Students who take 40 credits of their honours language should also select one non-language module.

Name Code Credits

AN INTRODUCTION TO POPULAR CULTURE IN LATIN AMERICA

From salsa to samba, futbol to capoeira, telenovelas to Tex-Mex: Latin American popular cultures combine Indigenous, African and European elements in unique ways found nowhere else on earth. In this module, you'll examine several Latin American popular cultural forms, and the historical, religious, social and political significance they have for Latin Americans.

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DISCOURSE AND POWER

Why may politicians say that andquot;'immigration is a problemandquot; rather than andquot;immigrants are a problemandquot; and why am I addressing you as andquot;youandquot; rather than andquot;the studentsandquot; throughout this module outline? Can there be unbiased news reporting? In this module you will explore some of these questions and how the language and images that make up our texts and interactions reflect their purpose in specific contexts. We will explore the powerful expressive means by which agency, responsibility and blame are attributed to or removed from key players in the language of media, advertising and politics. We will see how the representation of events affects and is affected by ideology and socio-cultural assumptions and by the power relationship between individuals and social groups. Essentially, this module is for those who are curious about the practical impact of expressive choices in everyday written and oral communication and wish to find out more about the creative but also manipulative power of language in context (discourse). By the end of this module, you will have learnt how particular linguistic and visual patterns may be used to report, persuade or instruct. You will have acquired the skill to critically assess and challenge others' perspectives, attitudes and values but also consider more critically how you may produce or change your language to achieve your desired aims, from increasing the cohesion of your writing to producing a more engaging website. These are highly valuable skills in any work environment. In the seminars, you will be encouraged to apply the new analytical tools presented in the lecture and you will be able to select your own material for analysis for formative exercises and the final assignment so that it relates to your studies and interests.

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FRENCH AB-INITIO HONOURS I

Bienvenue dans votre premier cours de francais! (Welcome to your first French module!). This module is for you if you're starting your French Honours language degree without having studied any French before, it will help you to master basics of French language and communication. You'll develop reading, listening, speaking and writing skills at the A1/A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This means that you'll be able to cope in a number of situations, talk and write about yourself and your immediate environment in quite a lot of detail, and handle short social exchanges. You'll start studying texts at B1 level towards the end of the year. You'll be taught in an interactive and friendly environment. You will have two 2-hour seminars per week focusing on listening, reading, and writing skills, and two oral hours where you will develop your confidence in speaking. We'll tackle some grammatical notions in class, but always as a means for you to improve your communication skills. You'll also have opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where French is spoken, thanks to the various documents used to develop your linguistic skills (songs, podcasts, short articles#). You'll be assessed by course tests: two of them will cover listening, reading, and writing skills and the other two will cover your speaking skills. On successful completion of this module, you'll be able to understand and use expressions related to areas of relevance to you, or that you may encounter when travelling. You'll be able to communicate in simple and routine tasks, and on topics that are familiar, and to describe in simple terms aspects of your background, environment and needs. You'll be able to produce simple, connected text, and briefly give reasons and explanations for your opinions and plans.

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FRENCH POST GCSE I

The need for significant progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking is met with intensive teaching that you will be provided with. The aim is to equip you with the linguistic understanding of a number of real-life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. Particular emphasis is also placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. It is only available to students taking a degree in French from post-GCSE level.

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GLOBALISATION AND FRENCH CULTURAL IDENTITY (LEVEL 4)

Do you want to explore what makes the French so French? Is there any such thing as a French cultural exception? How has society and the relationship between the French and the French state or religion evolved over time and how has that shaped social behaviours, attitudes, laws, and values in France? These are some of the questions that will be the subjects of this module, which is available to students with or without some prior knowledge of the French language. By taking this module, taught and assessed in English, you will gain a deeper understanding of French society and important aspects of its institutions. You will understand France's attempts to retain its cultural identity, despite trends of homogenisation. You will look at themes such as education, arts, politics, literature, and thought, and examine questions such as the role of the state, the support of the film industry, the history and legacy of Cartesian reasoning, and centralisation and universalism. Those themes will be discussed, sometimes challenged, through the exploration of a range of illustrations, documents and readings. By the end of this module, you'll have developed awareness of important and structuring features of French culture, and you'll have developed intercultural skills. If you are a student in international relations, you will have a better understanding of what influences social and political representations, constructions and decisions. As a student of languages, you will be able to support your comprehension and expression skills by a thorough understanding of the French culture.

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INTRODUCTION TO JAPAN

Would you like to explore Japanese culture and society? Are you curious and would you like to travel to Japan? Your module is designed to offer a critical overview of changes occurring in contemporary Japanese culture and society. Taught in English, you will be introduced to major aspects of the history, society, cultures, and global position of Japan. You'll take a fresh look at stereotypes associated with Japan. You will be provided with a good all-round basic knowledge of Japan that will be of value both to students intending to major in Japanese and those interested in Japan. No knowledge of Japanese language is required. Topics such as overview of Japanese history from ancient to modern times, geography, contemporary politics and economics, society, education, and traditional and contemporary culture will be considered. Exercises and discussions in class will enhance your understanding and motivation to studying Japan in its global and cultural context.

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JAPANESE AB-INITIO HONOURS I

This is a module for students taking their Japanese Honours language degree from an ab initio starting point. You'll consolidate the basic level of Japanese by acquiring the linguistic understanding of a number of real-life situations, as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. You'll start learning Hiragana and Katakana writing at the beginning of the module but soon begin using Kanji. You'll study grammars and vocabularies through a familiar range of topics and situations such as talking about holidays and making enquiries and requests. On successful completion of this module, you'll develop short written/oral pieces and read materials to identify the information required. You'll be able to take part in conversations in simple everyday situations and express opinions and feelings as well as some aspects of the Japanese culture. This module caters for beginners' level entrants and is only available to Language and Communication students or students of International Relations and Modern Language in PPL.

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JAPANESE POST-GCSE I

If you want to take a Japanese degree from a post-GCSE starting point, this is the right module for you. You will need to make significant progress in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and the intensive teaching that this module provides will help you achieve this. Particular emphasis is also placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of grammar. Also, you'll understand a number of real-life situations, as well as be able to communicate effectively in those situation.

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LANGUAGE, CULTURE AND INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION

What does interpersonal communication actually involve? This question is central to this module. You will learn that interpersonal communication requires specific intercultural competences, especially when communicating with others who have different sets of assumptions that may lead to misunderstanding, even if the same language is used. We will equip you with ways of thinking about issues such as language, (non) verbal communication, identity, intercultural interpersonal relationships and intercultural transitions. You will also learn that interpersonal communication involves a high level of self-awareness and critical understanding of issues surrounding the concept of identity. Through lectures and seminars, you will delve deeply into how you present yourself to others who are perceived to be different to you. On successful completion of the module, you will have developed greater self-awareness and sensitivity to intercultural understanding so that you are a more effective interpersonal communicator in international or multicultural settings, such as the year abroad, overseas work, global organisations, multinational companies, foreign volunteering placements, etc. The module is delivered in the English language and you don't need to speak a foreign language to take it.

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POST A-LEVEL FRENCH 1/I

'Decouvrir et discuter.' Here are two key elements of this module which will further your French language and communication skills by working on them through the lens of French culture. If you have a French A level, any other international equivalent qualification, or if you have completed French Intermediate II, then this module is for you! You'll develop reading, listening, speaking and writing skills at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You will focus on receptive skills (listening and reading) in particular and will be taught in an interactive and friendly environment (pairs and small groups). Your seminars will focus on listening, reading and writing skills, while the oral hour will develop your confidence in speaking. In the lecture you will review and practise essential grammar points. You will have a great exposure to authentic French in all three components of the module, as it is entirely taught in French. The material that you will study in and out of class (videos, articles, short stories, films) will help you to further your knowledge of French culture, as well as to build up your French vocabulary on a variety of topics. You'll be assessed by two course tests: the first will cover listening, reading, and writing skills, and the second will cover your speaking skills. On successful completion of this module, you'll be able to understand the main points of clear standard input on the topics covered in class, and to produce simple connected texts on these topics. You'll be able give reasons and explanations for your opinions, based on your personal experience and on the material studied in this module. This module is not available to French native speakers or those with equivalent competence. You should not already have a level of French that exceeds the level taught in this module.

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POST A-LEVEL FRENCH 1/II

'Decouvrir et discuter'. Here are two key elements of this module that will carry on the work started in Post A-Level 1/I. You will further your French language and communication skills by working on them through the lens of French culture. If you have a French A level or any other international equivalent qualification, then this module is for you! You'll develop reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills at the B1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and will move towards B2 at the end of the semester. You will focus on productive skills (writing and speaking) in particular and you'll be taught in an interactive and friendly environment, (pairs and small groups). Your seminars will focus on listening, reading, and writing skills, while the oral hour will develop your confidence in speaking. In the lecture you will review and practise essential grammar points. You will have a great exposure to authentic French in all three components of the module, as it is entirely taught in French. The material that you will study in and out of class (videos, articles, films) will help you to further your knowledge of French culture, as well as to build up your French vocabulary on a variety of topics. You'll be assessed by an exam covering listening, reading, and writing skills, and a course test assessing your speaking skills. On successful completion of this module, you'll be able to follow the lines of argument in documents dealing with topics studied in class, to plan and produce structured compositions supporting or opposing particular points of view, and to interact in French with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.

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POST A-LEVEL JAPANESE LANGUAGE 1

A course in Japanese for students with Japanese A-level, or holding any other equivalent qualification. Our aim is to enable students to build on, and further enhance, existing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. We have designed the course to build up linguistic proficiency, cultural knowledge and language learning skills, through the study of wide range of topics such as geography, food and pop culture. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar and vocabulary in meaningful contexts, whilst also developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs. You are required to take a placement test during the transition week (week 1) and by that, may be placed in a different module with more suitable level. This module is not available to native speakers or those with equivalent competence.

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POST A-LEVEL SPANISH 1/I

Would you like to apply your Spanish language skills for intercultural dialogue? Then look no further as this is the right module for you. The core of the teaching will involve participating in a project and you will engage in a number of activities that focus on improving your Spanish whilst learning about an issue of global concern. During this module you will: - build on, and further enhance, your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. - build up linguistic proficiency, cultural knowledge and understanding, in addition to study and research skills. - explore an issue of contemporary relevance and work together to find practical solutions to a real world problem. - learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent study and develop knowledge of contemporary life, society and current affairs. - revisit and consolidate specific Spanish grammatical structures at a higher level to build up language proficiency. The oral classes will be arranged separately in smaller groups to maximize your opportunities for speaking in the target language. This module is suitable for students with Spanish A-Level, Intermediate Spanish, or any other equivalent qualification.

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POST A-LEVEL SPANISH 1/II

Can mass media help you improve your Spanish? The answer to this question may well lie in this module. We will use a variety of printed and online forms of mass media, such as newspapers, radio podcasts, magazines, TV programmes, films, documentaries and texts, to help you enhance your confidence in speaking and understanding the Spanish language. We will use audio-visual and web-based materials to practise listening, reading, writing and speaking in an integrated manner. You will also analyse various aspects of the Spanish language through writing and translation practice and improve your grammar and vocabulary in meaningful contexts. Learning will be through lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent study and develop your study and research skills. The oral classes will be arranged separately in smaller groups to maximise your opportunities for practising your Spanish through discussions and presentations. In these classes, you will develop your fluency in communication and strategies for discussions. The language study in this module will make you a more proficient Spanish language user with enhanced cultural knowledge and intercultural understanding. The grammar notions and topics for discussion in this module will be different from those in Post A-Level Spanish 1/I. This module will be suitable for students who have completed Post A-Level Spanish 1/I or equivalent.

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SPANISH AB-INITIO HONOURS I

Are you ready to start your degree in Spanish? Have you always wanted to get access to the Spanish-speaking world? Then, it is time to immerse yourself in your process of learning. This module will improve your academic education and will provide you with the confidence to advance towards advanced levels in the next years at UEA. You'll develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills at the same that you'll get personal and detailed feedback on your permanent efforts. You'll take part in classroom-based activities, working in pairs and small groups exchanging ideas and supporting each other in the process of learning the language. You'll also be able to focus on real life situations as well as the ability to communicate effectively in those situations. There will also be opportunities to explore aspects of the cultures where Spanish is the mother tongue. By the end of this module you'll be able to understand the gist of clear texts, in standard language, if they involve well-known topics related to work, studies or leisure. You'll also learn how to deal with most situations that occur while travelling in areas where Spanish is spoken. You'll gain the ability to produce simple and coherent texts about familiar topics, or topics of personal interest and describe experiences, events, wishes and hopes, as well as to be able to briefly express opinions or explain plans.

PPLH4005Y

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SPANISH POST- GCSE I

In this module, you'll be introduced to aspects of the Spanish language, in a variety of cultural contexts. It will enable you to converse with native Spanish speakers, read and understand specific information in short texts starting at intermediate level. Through Spanish, you'll learn to present information and engage in discussions. Using popular cultural forms such as film and media, you'll develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Upon successful completion of this module, you will have achieved an advanced level of Spanish.

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Students must study the following modules for 20 credits:

Name Code Credits

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY

What does the world look like to a Marxist, or a liberal, or a feminist, or a realist? We all hold particular ideas about how the world works: about why certain events happen, who the key actors in the international system are, and whether it is even possible to change things for future generations. Theories of International Relations (IR) attempt to capture these assumptions, explaining the world in different ways to others. You will explore how the discipline of IR emerged in the early 20th century, before investigating the very different theories which have shaped, and sometimes dominated, academic and policy makers' ideas about how the world actually works.

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Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Students will take 40 credits from the relevant level of their Honours level language.

Name Code Credits

FRENCH AB-INITIO HONOURS II

'Decouvrir et discuter.' Here are two key elements of this module which will further your French linguistic skills by working on them through the lens of French culture. This module is for you if you took French Ab-Initio I. You'll develop reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills mostly at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You'll be taught in an interactive and friendly environment, (pairs and small groups). Your seminars will focus on listening, reading, and writing skills, while the oral hour will develop your confidence in speaking and prepare you for your year abroad. In lectures you will review and practise essential grammar points, which you will get extra support on during tutorials. You'll have a great exposure to authentic French in all the components of the module, as it is entirely taught in French. The material that you will study in and out of class (videos, articles, short stories, and films) will help you to further your knowledge of French culture, as well as to build up your French vocabulary on a variety of topics. You'll be assessed by one course test and one exam covering listening, reading, and writing skills, and two oral course tests covering your speaking skills. On successful completion of this module, you'll be able to follow the lines of argument in documents dealing with topics studied in class, to plan and produce structured compositions supporting or opposing particular points of view, and to interact in French with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.

PPLF5007Y

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FRENCH POST-GCSE II

'Decouvrir et discuter.' Here are two key elements of this module which will further your French linguistic skills by working on them through the lens of French culture. This module is for you if you took French Post GCSE I. You'll develop reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills mostly at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You'll be taught in an interactive and friendly environment, (pairs and small groups). Your seminars will focus on listening, reading, and writing skills, while the oral hour will develop your confidence in speaking and prepare you for your year abroad. In the lectures you will review and practise essential grammar points, which you will get extra support on during tutorials. You'll have a great exposure to authentic French in all the components of the module as it is entirely taught in French. The material that you will study in and out of class (videos, articles, short stories and films) will help you to further your knowledge of French culture, as well as to build up your French vocabulary on a variety of topics. You'll be assessed by one course test and one exam covering listening, reading, and writing skills, and two oral course tests covering your speaking skills. On successful completion of this module, you'll be able to follow the lines of argument in documents dealing with topics studied in class, to plan and produce structured compositions supporting or opposing particular points of view, and to interact in French with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.

PPLF5006Y

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JAPANESE AB INITIO HONOURS II

This year long module is for Year 2 students and is the continuation of Japanese Ab-Initio Honours I. Our aim is to build up linguistic proficiency, cultural knowledge and learning skills in preparation for the year abroad, through the study of wide range of topics such as geography, food, education and pop culture. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar and vocabulary in meaningful contexts, whilst also developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs.

PPLJ5013Y

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JAPANESE POST GCSE II

This year long module is for Year 2 post-GCSE entry students and is the continuation of Japanese Post-GCSE I. Our aim is to build up linguistic proficiency, cultural knowledge and learning skills in preparation for the year abroad, through the study of wide range of topics such as geography, food, education and pop culture. Specific aspects of language are revisited and consolidated at a higher level. The emphasis lies on enhancing essential grammar and vocabulary in meaningful contexts, whilst also developing knowledge of contemporary life and society that focuses on culture and current affairs.

PPLJ5014Y

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POST A-LEVEL JAPANESE LANGUAGE 2/I

In this Japanese language module you will learn about Japanese culture and society, as seen from various perspectives through reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices. Independent study, including preparation and revision, is essential. This module is compulsory if you are a second year student of Japanese (single-or double-honours) and have previously taken Post A-Level Japanese Language 1.

PPLJ5155A

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POST A-LEVEL JAPANESE LANGUAGE 2/II

This module is a continuation of Post A-Level Japanese Language 2/I. You will further develop your level of reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension from intermediate to advanced. The texts and materials you will study will focus on various topics, including social and cultural aspects of Japan. Independent study, including preparation and revision, is essential for this module.

PPLJ5156B

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POST A LEVEL SPANISH LANGUAGE 2/I

?Do you want more practice in Spanish? Do you feel you lack sufficient vocabulary to express yourself well? Do you want to discover and discuss contemporary aspects of Spain and Latin America? Both Post A Level Spanish 2/I and 2/II will offer you the opportunity to further develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at a higher level in Spanish. You will analyse and discuss writing and translation skills, explore different aspects of Spain and Latin America, from general topics to current affairs and issues of the Hispanic world, and improve the ease of communicating ideas through increased fluency, breadth of vocabulary and accuracy of oral expression in Spanish. You will be able to focus on improving aspects of your pronunciation and grammar as well as expanding your vocabulary, and also gain a greater understanding of contemporary Spanish issues through topics such as los movimientos nacionalistas, la crisis espanola or la identidad latinoamericana. Participation will be in classroom-based activities, often working in pairs and groups exchanging ideas and supporting each other in your exploration of the language. By the end of this module you will be able to communicate with some fluency and spontaneity, express yourself in Spanish more confidently orally, and take an active part in discussions relating to current Spanish and Latin-American issues. You will be more able to read complex texts and write more accurately with fewer grammar errors and greater range of expression, as well as translate extended English and Spanish texts. Such language support will also build up your intercultural and transferable competences. Note: Both Post A Level Spanish 2.I and 2.II are compulsory for all second-year Single Honours Spanish students as well as being an option for any student who has done Post-A-Level Spanish Language 1 (or B1 CEFRL).

PPLH5053A

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POST A LEVEL SPANISH LANGUAGE 2/II

?Do you want more practice in Spanish? Do you feel you lack sufficient vocabulary to express yourself well? Do you want to discover and discuss contemporary aspects of Spain and Latin America? Both Post A Level Spanish 2/I and 2/II will offer you the opportunity to further develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at a higher level in Spanish. You will analyse and discuss writing and translation skills, explore different aspects of Spain and Latin America, from general topics to current affairs and issues of the Hispanic world, and improve the ease of communicating ideas through increased fluency, breadth of vocabulary and accuracy of oral expression in Spanish. You will be able to focus on improving aspects of your pronunciation and grammar as well as expanding your vocabulary, and also gain a greater understanding of contemporary Spanish issues through topics such as los movimientos nacionalistas, la crisis espanola or la identidad latinoamericana. Participation will be in classroom-based activities, often working in pairs and groups exchanging ideas and supporting each other in your exploration of the language. By the end of this module you will be able to communicate with some fluency and spontaneity, express yourself in Spanish more confidently orally, and take an active part in discussions relating to current Spanish and Latin-American issues. You will be more able to read complex texts and write more accurately with fewer grammar errors and greater range of expression, as well as translate extended English and Spanish texts. Such language support will also build up your intercultural and transferable competences. Note: Both Post A Level Spanish 2.I and 2.II are compulsory for all second-year Single Honours Spanish students as well as being an option for any student who has done Post-A-Level Spanish Language 1 (or B1 CEFRL).

PPLH5154B

20

POST A-LEVEL FRENCH LANGUAGE 2/I

You'll focus on reading, writing, semi-formal oral presentations and awareness of current affairs in French speaking countries. Activities focus on promoting self-direction in language learning, and draw on a variety of resources, including electronic resources, for in-class, self-access and group project work (oral, aural, written). Seminars are taught in French.

PPLF5148A

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POST A-LEVEL FRENCH LANGUAGE 2/II

You will develop your language skills while applying them to the specialised context. You'll improve your translation skills and prepare for your year abroad in the oral classes. If you are a student on a Translation and Interpreting course, you will also be introduced to interpreting. If you are a student of Language and Management Studies, you will also learn to speak professional French and be introduced to many aspects of business and law in the French-speaking world. If you are on another degree programme you will be asked to state a preference in the Autumn semester.

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20

SPANISH AB INITIO HONOURS II

?Do you want more practice in Spanish? Do you need help with your pronunciation? Do you feel you lack sufficient vocabulary to express yourself well? Do you want to discover and discuss contemporary aspects of Spain and Latin America? This year long module offers you the opportunity to further develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at a higher level in Spanish. Participation will be in classroom-based activities, joining Post A Level 2 students for some seminars, and often working in pairs and groups exchanging ideas and supporting each other in your exploration of the language. During your studies you will: - build up linguistic proficiency, cultural knowledge and learning skills, explore different aspects of Spain and Latin America, from general topics to current affairs and issues of the Hispanic world. - improve the ease of communicating ideas through increased fluency, breadth of vocabulary and accuracy of oral expression in Spanish. - be able to focus on improving aspects of your pronunciation and grammar as well as expanding your vocabulary. - gain a greater understanding of contemporary Spanish issues through topics such as los movimientos nacionalistas, la crisis espanola or la identidad latinoamericana. By the end of this module you will be able to communicate with some fluency and spontaneity, express yourself in Spanish more confidently orally, and take an active part in discussions relating to current Spanish and Latin-American issues. You will be more able to read complex texts and write more accurately with fewer grammar errors and greater range of expression, as well as translate extended English and Spanish texts. Such language support will also build up your intercultural and transferable competences. Note: This module is the continuation of Ab Initio Honours I

PPLH5009Y

40

SPANISH POST GCSE II

?Do you want more practice in Spanish? Do you need help with your pronunciation? Do you feel you lack sufficient vocabulary to express yourself well? Do you want to discover and discuss contemporary aspects of Spain and Latin America? This year long module offers you the opportunity to further develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at a higher level in Spanish. In your studies you will: - build up linguistic proficiency, cultural knowledge and learning skills, explore different aspects of Spain and Latin America, from general topics to current affairs and issues of the Hispanic world. - also improve the ease of communicating ideas through increased fluency, breadth of vocabulary and accuracy of oral expression in Spanish. - be able to focus on improving aspects of your pronunciation and grammar as well as expanding your vocabulary. - gain a greater understanding of contemporary Spanish issues through topics such as los movimientos nacionalistas, la crisis espanola or la identidad latinoamericana. Participation will be in classroom-based activities, joining Post A Level 2 students for some seminars, and often working in pairs and groups exchanging ideas and supporting each other in your exploration of the language. By the end of this module you will be able to communicate with some fluency and spontaneity, express yourself in Spanish more confidently orally, and take an active part in discussions relating to current Spanish and Latin-American issues. You will be more able to read complex texts and write more accurately with fewer grammar errors and greater range of expression, as well as translate extended English and Spanish texts. Such language support will also build up your intercultural and transferable competences. Note: This module is the continuation of Post GCSE I

PPLH5010Y

40

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

FILM AND SOCIETY IN LATIN AMERICA (LEVEL 5)

You'll examine Latin American film with an emphasis on popular genres, such as horror, wrestling, melodrama, science fiction and vampire movies. Despite attracting the largest audiences in Latin America, these genres have only attracted academic attention in the twenty-first century. Through these films, you'll study prominent issues and controversies in Latin America, such as migration, dictatorship, racism, relations with the United States, gay rights, gender and prejudice. This will develop your inter-cultural awareness by actively engaging with the history and culture of the region as represented in film.

PPLH5155A

20

ASPECTS OF JAPANESE COMMUNICATION (LEVEL 5)

You'll be introduced to aspects of Japanese language and communication, through the study of authentic materials such as TV programmes, magazine excerpts, and newspaper extracts. You'll explore how the language is used in real life and how it functions differently according to various contexts in Japanese society. Aspects will include the study of dialects, importance of politeness, differences between formal/informal expression, variations in gender and age, written/spoken Japanese, usage of aspect/modality as well as nonverbal communication. This will allow you to consolidate your knowledge of the language, including knowledge acquired during the year abroad. You will also be introduced to a poster design software in order to present your work for the module. Although the module is taught in English, some basic knowledge of the Japanese language is desirable.

PPLJ5157A

20

GENDER AND POWER

Providing a conceptual overview of feminist research approaches, you will examine contemporary gender and power relations. You will examine both the formal and informal power structures that shape the experience of gender. Bringing together the fields of media, sociology, politics and cultural studies, the module explores the extent to which feminist theory informs gender-based activism.

PPLM5002A

20

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATION AND GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

Where does global power lie? International Organisations (IOs) such as the United Nations, World Trade Organisation and International Monetary Fund have important roles to play but just how relevant are they today, more than 70 years after they were set up? And what about regional organisations such as the European Union and African Union, or ? non governmental organisations (NGOs) such as the Red Cross, Greenpeace and Amnesty International?. Can we say that these organisations collectively form a system of global governance? In this module we will discuss critically the theories and concepts used for the analysis of international cooperation and offer competing perspectives to gain substantive knowledge of the development, operation, and role of IOs in key policy domains. We will examine grand' dilemmas facing humanity (security, welfare, and environmental) and the forms of international governance set up to address those dilemmas. We ask why sovereign nation-states form, join and usually comply with the rules. We look too at the emergence of potential alternatives to western-centric IOs and bring together a critical evaluation of the main theories which seek to explain international cooperation with an examination of contemporary issues in these public policy fields. Finally, we consider whether international organisation (the latter singular) amounts to an effective form of global governance to the extent that it mitigates anarchy in the international system.

PPLI5057A

20

INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE POPULAR CULTURE (LEVEL 5)

Japanese popular culture is now a global phenomenon. To understand how this came about, you will study the topic in terms of theories of social, economical, and historical analysis. You will learn about various cultural forms and practices, including manga/anime, media, art, and music in Japan, as seen from different perspectives. You will also discuss and critically analyse the role of Japanese popular culture within and outside of Japan. Your seminars will consist of three main parts: lectures, original audio/video materials, and group discussion or activities. Your contribution to weekly discussion/activities is essential. Lectures, reading materials, and assessments will all be in English. On successful completion of this module, you will have a good understanding of the main genres of Japanese popular culture, and be able to further explore your own interests academically in any form of Japanese popular culture.

PPLJ5147A

20

INTRODUCTION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION

Who rules the EU? What does it do concretely for EU citizens? How democratic is it? How serious are the challenges it is currently facing, from the reform of its economic governance to Brexit? To explore these questions, and more, you'll examine the development, structure, nature and functions of the European Union. You'll look at the history and theories of European integration from the 1940s to the present day. You'll explore the institutions and processes which run the EU, and demystify its main policies. The aim of the module is not only to ensure that you understand the 'nuts and bolts' of what the EU is and how it works. You'll also examine critically and articulate contending arguments on key issues such as the role of the member-states in the European system of governance; the EU's democratic credentials; the causes and consequences of Brexit; or the influence of the EU in the world. The EU is an integral part of its member states' structures of governance and it influences their domestic political, social and cultural life, as well as EU neighbouring countries. Understanding how the European Union works is important in many jobs at local, national or international levels in the public, private and third (community and voluntary) sectors. This module is recommended if you intend to progress to the 'European Studies with Brussels Internship' module in Year 3.

PPLI5044A

20

LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY

Do accents define us? Do we need to change how we speak depending on who we are speaking to? Is language sexist? These are key questions to consider when think about sociolinguistics, the study of language and society. After all, Language is a powerful thing, an aspect of human behaviour that both defines and reflects the cultural norms of different societies. Our aim is to provide an introduction to sociolinguistics and throughout the module you will discover a wealth of different approaches to analysing language in relations to many different social variables, such as class, gender or social distance. You'll gain a firm grounding in sociolinguistic frameworks, methods and concepts, and also learn how to communicate linguistic ideas, principles and theories by written, oral and visual means. You'll begin with an overview of the field of sociolinguistics and key social variables. You'll then delve deeper, uncovering core concepts such as dialectology, Code-switching, genderlects, language policy, multilingualism, and interpersonal dynamics. By looking at the different methods and types of evidence used by sociolinguists, you'll become proficient in the different ways of working in this fascinating subject. Learning will be through a mixture of seminars and self-directed study. Seminars will include practical opportunities to practice your skills in linguistic analysis. You'll be assessed though coursework (100%), but will present your research for your coursework during the module as part of the formative assessment. The module is open to anyone interested in learning more about sociolinguistics, and you do not need to be studying a language to take this module - just have an interest in language and how we use it. On successful completion of the module, you'll have the knowledge and skills to take your understanding of language and society, and how we communication and interpret this communication, and apply it to many different areas of study. You'll develop your research, writing and presentation skills. And you'll be able to communicate your ideas more effectively, putting your thinking to the test by sharing it with others.

PPLL5170A

20

LANGUAGE IN ACTION

What do we actually do when we engage in 'conversation'? How do we create meanings without actually saying what we mean? Why does how we say something matter more than what we say? In this module we will address these questions and explore how linguistic meaning, in any language, works on a number of levels so that speakers are able to communicate much more than what they say in their words. You'll consider the extent to which language expression is influenced by social, cultural and psychological factors and why communication problems may arise even when speakers think they are speaking 'the same language'. We'll discuss the ways in which relationships of power, solidarity and intimacy may be shaped by particular uses of language in everyday interactions and how humour or irony may be generated when speakers break conventional patterns of communication. By the end of this module you'll have a clear understanding of how verbal and non-verbal expressions combine to convey a variety of meanings in different contexts: professional as well as personal. You'll have learnt to appreciate how the way we talk is influenced by our need to be valued and respected but also why speech may be manipulative and undermining. Classes will include group discussions of examples collected by you each week so that you can immediately appreciate how concepts apply in practice. In your final assignment you'll build on this understanding and analyse a verbal interaction of your choice (such as a celebrity interview, a chat show dialogue or an e-mail exchange) to identify how meanings are exchanged in that specific context.

PPLL5019A

20

METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH

How do scientists in the fields of political science, media, and international relations actually perform their research? How do they know what they claim to know? How can we use scientific methods to study the political and social world? You'll learn how to evaluate research, and more importantly, how to perform your own research using scientific methods. You'll acquire knowledge of the theory and practice of a range of quantitative and qualitative research methods. You'll acquire a variety of skills - computerised data analysis, interviewing, observation, focus groups, taking fieldwork notes, and report writing. You'll begin by examining ways of thinking about the world, developing ideas and hypotheses, and ways of testing them. You'll explore a variety of ways to examine these hypotheses using a variety of basic quantitative/statistical methods. You'll then explore a variety of qualitative, in-depth methods of collecting and analysing data such as interviewing and focus groups. You do not need to have any mathematical background to follow this module.

PPLX5047A

20

POLITICS IN THE USA

The election of Donald Trump as President in 2016 has radically changed US politics. Yet to fully understand the current times, contemporary American politics needs to be put into context. This module covers the historical themes that exist in US politics from the eighteenth century to the present day. The emphasis will be on modern political history and contemporary politics, but this will be underpinned by a knowledge of the political philosophy at the time of the formation of the United States, the governmental structures, and political developments over historical time.

PPLX5164A

20

THE FRENCH LANGUAGE TODAY

What are the differences between French spoken in France and in Quebec? How is French used in politics, advertising, or film? How do French people interact in a formal situation? In this module, taught in English, you will expand your knowledge of contemporary French language to other geographical areas as well as to situations where language is used in society. You will learn to describe accents and varieties, and understand the differences between spoken and written French. We will, for example, study differences between French spoken in Africa and in France, compare spoken French in different social contexts, or study French journalistic writing. Aspects that we will get acquainted with in order to describe and discuss features of French include phonetics, etymology, gender, modality, word and sentence formation. and registers. You'll have the opportunity to work on a chosen research topic and prepare a poster alongside an essay, both in English. You'll be introduced to poster design tools. Post GCSE French or equivalent is essential.

PPLF5005A

20

WESTERN POLITICAL THOUGHT

In this second year module you will examine in depth the works of selected thinkers who are seminal to the Western tradition of political thought, and have shaped the ways in which we think about politics even today, including Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill and Machiavelli. You will also compare their work thematically, with a focus on themes such as the natural law and social contract traditions, and other schools of thought which have been influenced by these traditions. The module will be based on the study and interpretation of key primary texts and will enable you to develop skills of textual analysis and critique. It will also provide some of the historical background necessary to study more contemporary political theory at 3rd year undergraduate level, as well as building substantially on some of the political theories encountered on Social and Political Theory at first year level. The module is taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars, supported by private study of your own, and you will be assessed by coursework, usually a combination of an essay and a portfolio which reflects on your reading and seminar performance throughout the semester.

PPLX5064A

20

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

STATES, INSTITUTIONS AND CITIZENS

Political systems around the world are facing profound challenges and transformations. Established democracies in Europe and North America have seen the rise of populism, as marked by election of Donald Trump in the USA, the Brexit referendum in the UK or support for Marine Le Pen in France. Democracy has also been in retreat in many states which democratised or partly democratised after the cold war such as Russia and Poland. At the same time, autocratic regimes in the Middle East and North Africa have come under pressure, with movements such as the Arab Spring signalling aspirations amongst many people for a more democratic system of governance. This module provides you with a critical understanding of how political systems vary around the world and the pressures facing them. It begins by focusing on the drivers of democratisation. It then proceeds to consider how political institutions such as the executive, legislature and the degree of decentralisation vary - and the effects that this has. Finally, we consider new trends in citizen's voting behaviour at the ballot box and pressure groups campaigning for change. You'll gain a critical awareness of current debates in comparative politics and develop key skills including critical evaluation, analytical investigation, written presentation, and oral communication.

PPLX5162B

20

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

Why are wars fought? What is peace? What is security? International Security introduces you to these key issues in global politics. In the first part of the module, you will explore the continuing salience of violent conflict and the use of force in world politics. While some have argued that the advent of globalisation and spread of liberal democracy would make violent conflict less relevant in today's world, war and the use of force remain an integral part of the international system. In exploring these issues, you will study a variety of perspectives on the causes of war and peace to examine the roots of violent conflict and security problems in the present day. In the second half of the module, we will turn to contemporary 'critical' debates around international security. These include constructivist and feminist perspectives on what security is, how it is achieved, and whether it is desirable. We will also investigate the host of seemingly new security challenges that have increasingly captured the attention of policymakers and academics. How useful is it to think of issues such as environmental degradation, gendered violences, and poverty as security issues? What do we gain and lose in broadening security studies beyond a narrow focus on warfare and military power?

PPLI5056B

20

LANGUAGE AND POLITICS

Is political language use always biased, untrue and misleading? How can we distinguish between 'genuine' political communication and propaganda? You'll study examples of topical and historical language use in politics and learn to use key analytical tools from rhetoric, linguistic pragmatics, semantics and discourse analysis that will enhance your ability to analyse varieties of political discourse in action, including the numerous forms of media involvement in political processes, and to compare historical and contemporary discourse data.

PPLL5015B

20

LATIN AMERICA AND THE WORLD (LEVEL 5)

You'll study Latin America from a perspective that challenges the legacy of colonial rule, its political aftermath, and its cultural and economic consequences. You'll focus on topics such as indigenous politics, racism, environmentalism, gay rights, gender, religion, migration, urbanisation, the Chicano movement, narco-corridos, and various social and cultural movements. You'll examine these as examples of local responses to the colonial legacy and to dominant Western constructions of Latin America.

PPLH5156B

20

POLITICAL VIOLENCE and CONFLICT: THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES

Political violence, individual or collective, is easily condemned as an irrational and barbaric phenomenon, with little relevance for understanding political developments and social change. A lot is down to LeBon's famous nineteenth century accounts of the crowd as 'a primitive being' so destructive 'that the interests of the individual, even the interest of self preservation, will not dominate them' (LeBon, 1995). The taboo of violence persists despite attempts of social and political theorists to engage with the issue and understand different forms and contexts, from riots, to religious violence and terrorism. The aim of the module is to break this generalized taboo by tracing the role (explicit or implicit) of political violence in political theory and its function in processes of socio-political transformations and change. Critical engagement with contemporary theoretical and empirical debates around the issue and the examination of mass and new media representations of political violence will enable students to develop a sophisticated understanding of the origins, logics, perceptions and outcomes of political violence and conflict.

PPLM5002B

20

POLITICS AND MEDIA

Media are an inescapable part of contemporary political life. This much is obvious. What is more difficult to know is how media affect the conduct of politics - and how politics affects the conduct of media. In this module, you'll examine the many dimensions of media's political involvement. You'll start with arguments about how 'powerful' media are, and then go on to look at questions of media 'bias', before turning to the ways in which political communication has changed (and is changing). We'll look at the role of the state in using and controlling media and the new techniques of media management - and at how, in particular, digital media are changing the relationship between politics and media. This will lead to a discussion of media effects and how to measure them. You'll end the module by asking what is meant by a democratic media and what the future might bring for the relationship of media and politics.

PPLM5001B

20

POWER AND SOCIETY

This module introduces students to key perspectives in 19th and 20th century social and political theory. Central to this module is an interest in the relationship between economic, social and cultural structures and individual agency and identity. Areas explored include the following: social conflict and consensus; conceptions of power and domination; Marxism and neo-Marxism; critical theory; structuralism; poststructuralism; ideology and discourse; postmodernity; the self and consumer society.

PPLX5159B

20

POWER, WEALTH AND NATIONS: GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

What if I told you that the West was no longer the power centre of the world's economy? Could Pax Sinica provincialize the UK as political economic power settles over Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta? What would Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Friedrich List have to say about global transformations underway in the global political economy? And, as Susan Strange famously put it: cui bono: Who benefits from all these transformations? Multinational corporations, nation states, financial sector, exporting economies, citizens? You'll investigate the accumulation of wealth, movement of capital, centres of power, flows of globalisation, patterns of trade, and the ubiquity of finance in a world being transformed by innovation where emerging powers challenge the status quo of North Atlantic powerhouses.

PPLI5161B

20

REINTERPRETING 21ST CENTURY SPAIN (LEVEL 5)

What elements make up cultural identity? How is it created? What is the "Spanish identity"? In order to fully understand present day Spain and the Spanish people, these questions must be addressed. In this module you will analyse contemporary issues, focusing on different aspects of Spanish history, politics, culture, education, social life and traditions. The Spanish identity is the product of ancient traditions and cultures that have influenced the Iberian Peninsula for centuries, but the frenetic changes of the past fifty years have created new roles and thoughts within its society. For this module, you'll use different sources to analyse these themes, using film, art, music, history, media, religion, Europeanization, tourism, stereotypes and folklore, to explore both national and regional identities. You'll gain an insight and an understanding of current social and political issues in Spain and the changes wrought in Spanish society since the end of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship in 1975, until the present day. You'll use theoretical approaches, academic research and practical activities to develop your critical thinking skills and reach conclusions. You'll also learn how to research contemporary issues of a culture different from your own.

PPLH5173B

20

THE MEDIA AND IDENTITY

How do the media shape how we see ourselves? Or indeed how others see us? In a world of social media, self-branding and the increasing importance of mediated forms of identity, you will explore critical ways of thinking about the relationship between culture, media and the self. Drawing on a range of theoretical approaches in the field of media and cultural studies, you will use research methods from autoethnography to content analysis to explore both your own identity and the way in which identities more broadly are formulated through contemporary media culture. Through discussing the representation of identity in media content, as well as issues of media production, regulation and consumption, you will critically reflect upon the relationship between media culture and social power and consider how social and technological changes impact on the ways in which identity is experienced in everyday life. On successful completion of this module, you will critically reflect upon the ways in which media texts construct social identity and be able to discuss the relationship between media and identity with awareness for social, institutional and technological factors that shape both media production and consumption. Assessment is by group presentation and independent research project.

PPLM5042B

20

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

LCS YEAR ABROAD MODULE

Students often say that spending their year abroad transforms their lives. You will be able to judge this claim for yourself by completing this module. A key element of the year abroad is learning to study and experience university life in a foreign academic environment or finding your way around a different working environment and adapting to different study / work schedules. The overarching aim of the year abroad is to facilitate learning to adapt to, and learn from, the values, attitudes and behaviours of different cultures and, in the case of language students, to further develop language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) in authentic contexts. You will begin with an overview of the opportunities available for university study, internship, volunteering or teaching assistantship and depending on the course you choose (single or double honours), your year abroad may be split between two different countries. You will learn through a mixture of experiences; for example, through managing your own work, studies, leisure and social activities away from home and with different classmates, friends or colleagues; and you will apply and reinforce knowledge about practical aspects, such as opening bank accounts and dealing with accommodation issues, in addition to acquainting yourself with the political, social and economic issues relevant to the country(-ies) of residence abroad. On successful completion of your year abroad, you will have developed the knowledge and skills to live, study or work independently in another country with more confidence.

PPLA5027Y

120

Students will select 30 credits from the following modules:

Students who are taking an Honours language in Japanese MUST enrol on PPLI6069A and students taking an Honours language in either French or Spanish MUST enrol on PPLI6087B.

Name Code Credits

EUROPEAN STUDIES (WITH BRUSSELS INTERNSHIP)

Our aim is to meet the needs and interests of students outside of the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL) who have been competitively selected by interview to undertake a short optional volunteering internship at the East of England European Partnership in Brussels. This is also subject to a continuing relationship post Brexit with the host organisation in Brussels. ................... If you're serious about wanting to work at the international level you must be totally committed and well informed in order to increase your understanding of all things international and extend your knowledge of the many opportunities, not only with the EU but also with other International Organisations, Non Governmental Organisations, in public affairs, and with the private sector. Brexit is of course the dominant issue for the Brussels Office and a major political issue for the EU itself. The Brussels Office provides services and advice to its members which includes 52 local councils, three universities, local enterprise partnerships, and other organisations in the East of England. Foreign affairs, security and defence are NOT covered by the module or the volunteering internship. To take this module students will be shortlisted for competitive interview. Applicants must be a PPL student, citizen of the EEA member state and have successfully completed either PPLI5044A or PPLI5058B Level 5 PPL EU Module/s.

PPLI6087B

30

POLITICS AND FOREIGN POLICY OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC

This module will introduce you to important themes in international relations within the Asia Pacific, at a time when the region has assumed great importance. There will be a particular focus on the important historical periods in the relations between the USA, China and Japan. An understanding of elements of the trajectory of these relationships will be provided by taking a selection of historical subjects for analysis. While you will address the knowledge of history, and of long-term themes, in the latter part of the module you will consider contemporary political issues. This will require you to develop an understanding of the interaction of the United States with Asia, and China and Japan in particular.

PPLI6069A

30

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Students must take 40 credits from their Honours language.

Name Code Credits

FRENCH HONOURS 3/II: TRANSLATION AND PROFESSIONAL APPLICATIONS

Are you ready to take your French beyond the classroom? If you are interested in applying your French language and translation skills and your ability to analyse, comment, and summarise in specialised and professional situations, this module is for you. You'll be able to use all that you have learnt in French across the course by working on briefs, summaries, translations, and studies of materials that will include technical and professional material from local and international organisations. One component of this module will allow you to hone your translation and writing skills by, for example, translating specialised documents and producing reports in two languages. There will also be the opportunity to use your sense of enterprise and creativity on group projects. In this core module, you will continue to develop your receptive and productive skills to the level C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You'll be able to understand complex and detailed audio documents such as meeting conversations or discussions on a specialised topic, and read and report on a range of written material. You will work on texts from a range of areas such as advertising, technology, or publishing, and will use your cultural knowledge and analytical skills to use those for module tasks. By the end of this module, you'll be able to express yourself confidently, clearly and professionally and will use your argumentative skills acquired in previous modules, to learn to negotiate and lead in your target language. You are required to have (near) native competence in French in order to join this module.

PPLF6006B

20

FRENCH HONOURS 3/I: ADVANCED ORAL AND WRITTEN COMPOSITION

You'll systematise and expand linguistic capacities through critical use of existing competence. Main activities: textual analysis, written composition, formal oral presentations. You'll be taught in French.

PPLF6004A

20

JAPANESE HONOURS LANGUAGE 3/I

In this module, you'll develop skills in reading, writing speaking and listening at an advanced level to equip you to be a more sophisticated Japanese language user. Throughout the module you'll read various genres of reading materials, develop your oral presentation skills with project work, and learn academic writing in Japanese. You'll also deepen your knowledge of Japanese culture, people and society through these materials and works. On successful completion of the module, you'll be able to produce clear, well-structured short and long written and oral works, critically read a wide-range of materials which will develop into discussions, and explain and express your own ideas/opinions clearly and effectively in Japanese. You'll also be able to use feedback actively and reflect on your own work.

PPLJ6010A

20

JAPANESE HONOURS LANGUAGE 3/II

This module is offered as a continuation module of JAPANESE HONOURS LANGUAGE 3/I. In this module, you'll continue to develop an advanced level of Japanese for all skills to a higher standard, especially in an academic context. The main activities you'll be involved in comprise researching a chosen topic, including acquiring competence using archives in Japanese, predict and prepare for a QandA session after an oral presentation, structuring oral and written work clearly and logically to produce a formal oral presentation (speech) and an academic essay in Japanese. On successful completion of the module, you'll not only polish your Japanese language, but also be able to gain the skills to research various materials in Japanese and state your opinions and arguments effectively on a specialised and complex subject. You'll be able to showcase your Japanese language as well as your research and analytical skills in Japanese in the final oral and written piece of work.

PPLJ6011B

20

SPANISH HONOURS 3: ADVANCED HISPANIC STUDIES

This module will develop your Spanish language skills at an advanced level. It fosters an understanding of various Spanish language features and develops critical cultural awareness. You'll revisit specific components of grammar at a higher level, as well as problematic areas identified for improvement as well as learning academic writing skills. You'll investigate and analyse the components that control the use of language when communicating in Spanish. The oral component of the module focuses on improving speaking and listening skills and widening vocabulary at a higher level. It is not suitable for native Spanish speaking visiting/exchange students. This module is conducted entirely in Spanish.

PPLH6007A

20

SPANISH HONOURS 3: WORLD SPANISHES

Do you want to understand the different varieties of the Spanish language? Do you master both formal and informal Spanish? Can you differentiate speakers from Mexico, Argentina, Cuba and Spain in their pronunciation and vocabulary? You will develop higher language skills in Spanish and explore different varieties of the Spanish language through the analysis and identification of extracts of spoken texts. You will also improve your listening and oral skills, as you will be exposed to different linguistic and geographical variants. You will also acquire some technical knowledge in the linguistic analysis. This module is conducted entirely in Spanish and is open to non-native Spanish speakers with near-native competence in Spanish. You will be assessed with an oral assessment and an examination. There are four seminars: 'Geographical Varieties of Spanish,' 'Linguistic Varieties of Spanish,' 'Linguistic Tools for the Study of Oral Spanish' and an 'Oral seminar.' You will work with real-life oral texts (such as films and radio programmes) and academic sources in Spanish. At the end of the module you will have a very high proficiency in Spanish. You will be able to discuss sociolinguistic issues in academic Spanish and be able to identify and analyse sociolinguistic features of the different variants of the Spanish language (mainly European, Caribbean, Mexican and Rio de la Plata Spanish). This knowledge will be of immense benefit, as you will be able to understand the different variants of the Spanish language. You will also get some transferrable skills on phonetic analysis that you will be able to apply to the learning of other languages.

PPLH6006B

20

Students will select 50 credits from the following modules:

Students must take 20 credits of Language modules and 30 credits of Politics modules.

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED RESEARCH TOPICS

This module offers students a valuable experience of both individual and collective research - as well as the opportunity to study in depth an important contemporary aspect of politics, media and international relations. You will work in small groups pursuing research into a specific topic using a wide variety of source materials under the guidance of a leading expert in the field. There will also be accompanying classes developing skills vital for undertaking research and presenting that research to policy makers and practitioners. The available topics will vary on a yearly basis, but may include subjects such as: The Trump Presidency, Electoral Fraud in Britain, Assessing British Prime Ministers, The Rise of Populism, Nuclear Brinkmanship on the Korean Peninsula, Inside the EU, The Corbyn Leadership of the Labour Party, The Macron Presidency, Devolution and the Four Nations of the UK, and Negotiating Brexit.

PPLX6046A

30

DISSERTATION MODULE

The dissertation module gives you the opportunity to undertake research on a project of your own choosing under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The goal is to produce a dissertation of 8,000-9,000 words, which involves in-depth research on a specialist topic. An undergraduate dissertation represents a piece of independent research produced over an extended period and which demonstrates elements of originality in the selection of the topic, the use of sources and the analysis or argument contained within it. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the depth of your understanding of what you have learned across your degree course by applying concepts and theories from one or several modules to new contexts. A limited number of parliamentary internships are also available as part of this module. You will be expected to attend a series of lectures in the autumn semester which provide general advice on the process of conducting a dissertation, as well as meeting your supervisor on a regular basis over the course of the year.

PPLX6042Y

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EUROPEAN STUDIES (WITH BRUSSELS INTERNSHIP)

Our aim is to meet the needs and interests of students outside of the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL) who have been competitively selected by interview to undertake a short optional volunteering internship at the East of England European Partnership in Brussels. This is also subject to a continuing relationship post Brexit with the host organisation in Brussels. ................... If you're serious about wanting to work at the international level you must be totally committed and well informed in order to increase your understanding of all things international and extend your knowledge of the many opportunities, not only with the EU but also with other International Organisations, Non Governmental Organisations, in public affairs, and with the private sector. Brexit is of course the dominant issue for the Brussels Office and a major political issue for the EU itself. The Brussels Office provides services and advice to its members which includes 52 local councils, three universities, local enterprise partnerships, and other organisations in the East of England. Foreign affairs, security and defence are NOT covered by the module or the volunteering internship. To take this module students will be shortlisted for competitive interview. Applicants must be a PPL student, citizen of the EEA member state and have successfully completed either PPLI5044A or PPLI5058B Level 5 PPL EU Module/s.

PPLI6087B

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IN AND OUT: THE POLITICS OF MIGRATION

You'll address the politics of migration and citizenship. It will provide you with a background to political thought on citizenship, membership and belonging. You'll then examine migration at the international, state and individual levels. The international level will focus on historical movements of people (such as from Europe and Asia towards the Americas) and contemporary flows of refugees and guest workers. The state level will look comparatively at immigration and emigration policies and critically assess the logic behind them. Attention will be given to different countries in various regions for comprehensive comparative evaluation. Different types of migration will be considered, including economic (such as non-immigrant and immigrant work visas), family (such as spousal and family reunification visas) and humanitarian (refugees, asylum seekers, and special humanitarian protections). The politics of these migration categories will be foregrounded, including governmental tactics of management, how they comply or fail to comply with international human rights norms, and the foreign policy implications of humanitarian visas. Finally the individual level will consider narrative accounts of migration in order to understand policy and practice from a bottom-up and experiential perspective. You'll be encouraged to critically evaluate and analyse the politics of migration as manifest in the various policies and practices.

PPLI6089B

30

INTERCULTURAL BUSINESS COMMUNICATION (LEVEL 6)

Do you want to become an efficient intercultural communicator in Business settings? This module will allow you to develop your intercultural competence in the workplace in order to become an efficient intercultural communicator. You will be taught several strategies to acquire intercultural competence, especially in business contexts and the workplace. You will apply theoretical approaches to intercultural communication in order to understand how to be successful in communication across cultures, and to solve intercultural conflicts in Business contexts. You will take part in classroom-based activities in pairs and small groups with students from other cultures. You will analyse case studies in which cultural clashes impact on different areas of business and management, such as marketing, human relations, and international negotiations. You will develop intercultural competence in different business and work-related contexts. You will be able to build intercultural understanding, the promotion of international business exchanges, and the facilitation of cross-cultural adaptation. You may also get some insight in how to develop cultural consultancy for businesses. You will be assessed at the end of the module by an essay.

PPLC6138A

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INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE POPULAR CULTURE (LEVEL 6)

Japanese popular culture is now a global phenomenon. To understand how this came about, you will study the topic in terms of theories of social, economical, and historical analysis. You will learn about various cultural forms and practices, including manga/anime, media, art, and music in Japan, as seen from different perspectives. You will also discuss and critically analyse the role of Japanese popular culture within and outside of Japan. Your seminars will consist of three main parts: lectures, original audio/video materials, and group discussion or activities. Your contribution to weekly discussion/activities is essential. Lectures, reading materials, and assessments will all be in English. On successful completion of this module, you will have a good understanding of the main genres of Japanese popular culture, and be able to further explore your own interests, academically, in any form of Japanese popular culture.

PPLJ6012A

20

LANGUAGE AND GENDER

Do you think gender affects the way that people speak? How do you think our language reflects gender differences in society? Do you think we can use language to create societal change? In this module, you will bring your own personal experiences to a lively critical discussion on the relationship between language and gender, putting together your own portfolio of evidence from your everyday life. You will bring your own modern-day reflections to historic studies on language and gender, starting with early 20th-century studies on how men and women use language differently, moving to 1960s sociolinguistic studies on how 'standard' language differs between women and men, and then, following the growth of the Women's Movement in the 1970s, studies on male dominance in mixed-gender talk. Finally, you will look at the recent move to reconceptualise 'gender' not as a 'fixed' phenomenon, but one that may be performed or 'interactionally achieved' in different ways in different contexts. You will bring your thoughts together in a final report, in which you will have the opportunity to reflect on the issues through your own case studies that you will collect over the course of the module.

PPLL6035A

20

LATIN AMERICA AND THE WORLD (LEVEL 6)

You'll study Latin America from a perspective that challenges the legacy of colonial rule, its political aftermath, and its cultural and economic consequences. You'll focus on topics such as indigenous politics, racism, environmentalism, gay rights, gender, religion, migration, urbanisation, the Chicano movement, narco-corridos, and various social and cultural movements. You'll examine these as examples of local responses to the colonial legacy and to dominant Western constructions of Latin America.

PPLH6009B

20

MULTICULTURALISM

This module looks at the political implications of the rise of multicultural societies in Europe and North America since the end of World War II. (Canada is given consideration because of its importance to these debates both as a practical model as well as a source of influential theorists.) The aim is to introduce students to a range of contemporary theoretical perspectives on multiculturalism and facilitate critical assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of such approaches in the face of competing political discourses such as nationalism and alternative forms of liberalism. Theorists under examination may include; Parekh, Kymlicka, Levy, Taylor and Modood as well as major liberal alternative views; Barry, Rawls and Raz. Among the module themes the following will be addressed; group differentiated rights; institutional racism, Islamophobia, recognition vs toleration and cultural offence. The module will also look at divergent policies adopted within European states (eg: France and Germany) and give attention to the attempts to operationalize multiculturalism in the UK in particular via the Parekh Report.

PPLX6072B

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POLITICS AND POPULAR CULTURE

Popular culture links to politics in a variety of ways, some obvious, some less obvious. There are the politicians who seek the endorsement of film stars; there are the politicians who were film stars; and there are the rock performers who pretend that they are politicians. And then there are the states that censor popular culture, or those that sponsor it and use it as propaganda. We will explore the many ways in which popular culture and politics are linked. You will: - be introduced to competing theories of the politics of popular culture - those that see popular culture as political manipulation and those that see it as political resistance. - analyse examples of popular culture for the political ideas and values they represent. - look at how popular culture is used in political communication. - track developments in the political economy of popular culture, especially in relation to globalisation, digital media and power within the cultural industries. - debate the censorship of popular culture and use of state subsidies to promote it. - reflect on the effects of popular culture, and about its role in personal and collective identity.

PPLM6037A

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POLITICS AND FOREIGN POLICY OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC

This module will introduce you to important themes in international relations within the Asia Pacific, at a time when the region has assumed great importance. There will be a particular focus on the important historical periods in the relations between the USA, China and Japan. An understanding of elements of the trajectory of these relationships will be provided by taking a selection of historical subjects for analysis. While you will address the knowledge of history, and of long-term themes, in the latter part of the module you will consider contemporary political issues. This will require you to develop an understanding of the interaction of the United States with Asia, and China and Japan in particular.

PPLI6069A

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REINTERPRETING 21ST CENTURY SPAIN (LEVEL 6)

What elements make up cultural identity? How is it created? What is the "Spanish identity"? In order to fully understand present day Spain and the Spanish people, these questions must be addressed. In this module you will analyse contemporary issues, focusing on different aspects of Spanish history, politics, culture, education, social life and traditions. The Spanish identity is the product of ancient traditions and cultures that have influenced the Iberian Peninsula for centuries, but the frenetic changes of the past fifty years have created new roles and thoughts within its society. For this module, you'll use different sources to analyse these themes, using film, art, music, history, media, religion, Europeanization, tourism, stereotypes and folklore, to explore both national and regional identities. You'll gain an insight and an understanding of current social and political issues in Spain and the changes wrought in Spanish society since the end of General Francisco Franco's dictatorship in 1975, until the present day. You'll use theoretical approaches, academic research and practical activities to develop your critical thinking skills and reach conclusions. You'll also learn how to research contemporary issues of a culture different from your own.

PPLH6141B

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SHIFTING POWERS AFRICA IN THE 21ST CENTURY

What do you know about Africa? Is it still the Dark Continent, lost outside of time, or do you see it as the next exciting 'happening' place to follow fashion, use FinTech, and do business? Did you know that Timbuktu was one of the world's greatest centres of learning? That West Africa's gold underpinned the global economy? How about if I told you that an explosion of megacities is taking place in the Global South, principally in Africa as the continent's population doubles to 2bn? You will look at Africa's place and importance within the international system and more, including exploring China's One Belt Initiative in East Africa, the African Union and security, and the African Development Bank's 'High five' development plan.

PPLI6039A

30

SPORT, COMMUNICATION AND SOCIETY

Sport is now a global phenomenon. It generates billions of dollars for economies across the world, often dominates media schedules, creates global celebrities with increasing political power and patterns the lives of millions of 'ordinary' participants and fans. In short, sport is a key feature of contemporary culture that can be used to study the ways in which social organisations and relations interact and are shifting in contemporary society. The ways in which sport communicates itself to society, and the ways in which athletes, and the organisations they represent, communicate, provide fertile ground for investigation. In this module you'll typically be introduced to academics from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. The teaching team will vary from year to year but will usually include colleagues from American studies, economics, sociology, film and media studies, history, and translation studies. You'll consequently be able to address a wide range of topics while reflecting on the ways different disciplines approach the study of sport. The topics that you'll cover will might include: globalisation of labour markets in professional team sports; intercultural communication and sport; media, globalisation and sport; sport and gender; sport and race; and sport and conflict. These topics will vary slightly from year to year. Assessment and volume of work will be commensurate with credit value.

PPLC6029B

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TERRORISM AND COUNTER-TERRORISM

Although the term terrorism goes back to the French revolution, it was rarely employed until the 1970's. Contrast this with today when terrorism, it seems, is everywhere we look: in foreign policy decisions, military interventions, homeland security measures, legal frameworks, newspaper headlines, speeches and sermons, films and video games, and, of course, in university modules such as this. In this module, we engage in a critical exploration of terrorism, counter-terrorism, and the academic field of terrorism research. You will explore the history of terrorism, and engage in debates around the definition and character of terrorist violence. Is it possible, necessary, or even desirable to separate terrorism from other forms of violence, for instance? The module will introduce different perspectives on the causes, types, and threat of non-state terrorism. You will examine a range of strategies for countering terrorism, and their political and normative implications. The module also explores the emergence and contribution of critical terrorism studies, examining issues including state terrorism, gender and terrorism, cultural representations of terrorism, and the production and influence of terrorism 'experts.'

PPLI6040B

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TOPICS IN BRITISH POLITICS

Rarely before has British politics been in such turbulent times. The prospect of Brexit has left Britain's position in the world uncertain; consecutive general elections have produced results that have defied the pundits; constitutional relationship between the UK nations unstable are unstable; a decade after the 2007/8 crash, austerity politics create further instability. We examine contemporary events and themes by examining four topics which vary on an annual basis according to developments in a fast changing world. These might include: Who run's Britain? Prime Ministerial Power, Parliament, Electoral Integrity in Britain, UK General Elections, Austerity and Economic Policy in Britain, and the Welfare State.

PPLX6043A

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Further Reading

  • Public Enemy

    UEA Reader in International Security, Dr Lee Jarvis, has investigated how and why governments outlaw terrorist organisations and how counter-terrorism powers impact on citizenship and security.

    Read it Public Enemy
  • Ask a Student

    This is your chance to ask UEA's students about UEA, university life, Norwich and anything else you would like an answer to.

    Read it Ask a Student
  • Eastminster: a global politics and policy blog from UEA

    Expert analysis from the University of East Anglia

    Read it Eastminster: a global politics and policy blog from UEA
  • Counter-Terrorism

    Responding to the threat of terrorism has become a key global policy priority in recent years. Counter-terrorism policies and the language that surrounds them have gone on to have a big impact on British society.

    Read it Counter-Terrorism
  • The Art of Persuasian

    Why are political speeches so often boring, predictable and unconvincing?

    Read it The Art of Persuasian
  • The new editor of British Vogue must make diversity fashionable

    Vogue remains a powerhouse in print journalism and has at least an opportunity, if not a responsibility, to represent all communities in society.

    Read it The new editor of British Vogue must make diversity fashionable
  • Just how far has Jeremy Corbyn come – and how far could he still go?

    From outcast campaigner through looming electoral disaster to near-triumph, Corbyn's remarkable political journey is far from over. Just how far has Jeremy Corbyn come – and how far could he still go?

    Read it Just how far has Jeremy Corbyn come – and how far could he still go?
  • #ASKUEA

    Your University questions, answered

    Read it #ASKUEA
  • UEA Award

    Develop your skills, build a strong CV and focus your extra-curricular activities while studying with our employer-valued UEA award.

    Read it UEA Award
  • Return to Learn

    Thinking of returning to education after some time away? Come along to our open evening on 23 May to find out about studying for a degree in the Arts and Humanities.

    Read it Return to Learn

Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 at H2
  • Access Course An ARTS/Humanities/Social Science pathway preferred. Pass with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3
  • BTEC DDM
  • European Baccalaureate 75%

Entry Requirement

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE. A GCSE Grade C or grade 4 or above in either French, Spanish or Japanese is required.

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading) :

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some students an interview will be requested. You may be called for an interview to help the School of Study, and you, understand if the course is the right choice for you.  The interview will cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.  Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a convenient time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and to contact admissions@uea.ac.uk directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

  • A Level ABB
  • International Baccalaureate 32 overall. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers ABB. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 3 subjects at H2, 3 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Distinction in 30 credits at level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at level 3. Humanities or Social Sciences pathway preferred. Other pathways are acceptable, please contact the University directly for further information.
  • BTEC DDM. BTEC Public Services is not accepted

Entry Requirement

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.
 


 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.

We also welcome applications for deferred entry, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Special Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B (or grade 5) in any modern language, or other evidence of language learning ability, is required for this course.

Native or near-native speakers can also apply for the French and/or Spanish degree programmes, but please note that the programme followed will be different from the one advertised. It is not possible to undertake a Japanese degree if you are a native or near-native speaker of Japanese. 

 

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please email admissions@uea.ac.uk

 

GCSE Offer

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515