Through the wide range of modules on the programme, you will be able to explore the intersection of International Relations and Religious Diversity in contexts around the globe, including Europe, North America, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. Within these contexts, you will examine the impact of religion at sub and supra state levels and the ways in which religion plays a key role in both facilitating and restricting political agency.
You will begin your degree with the modules Religions of the Modern World and Politics and Governance in the contemporary World. In your second year, you’ll study subjects such as International Relations and Security; Introduction to Peace Studies; Comparative Politics of the Asia Pacific and the Middle East; Indian Politics, Society and Religion; and Buddhism and Society in Sri Lanka, South-East and East Asia. You’ll then complete your degree with modules that include: Africa and Global Politics; Contemporary Issues in the Middle East; Media, Religion and Politics; and Religion and Violence.
You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience will boost your employment prospects and will help you to decide on your career direction and the kind of organisation in which you want to work once you graduate. You will be doing a real, responsible job – with all the satisfaction that brings. Our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement that will support your professional development. Applying for a placement is a competitive process and the preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in your placement applications. You will also be provided with dedicated workshops, 1:1 appointments with careers professionals as well as opportunities to speak with employers here on campus.
During the placement year you will remain a Lancaster University student which means that you will still be eligible for a student loan, have access to facilities such as the library and receive discounts on transport and council tax. Your tuition fee will be reduced to 20% during the placement year.
The placement will enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice and this will benefit your final year of study. This is an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers which will place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.