On this innovative degree you'll be taught by academic staff with a commitment to teaching and research and examine how conflicts can be resolved and prevented within the context of global politics and international security. In year one, you’ll be introduced to core concepts through the module Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World plus two further courses either from within the Department or from a wide range of courses offered by other Departments in the University.
In your second and third years, you’ll examine peace and conflict resolution in detail. You can select from second year modules which include Introduction to Peace Studies; International Relations and Security, and Politics of Development. Final year modules include Politics of Global Danger; Understanding the Internal Dynamics of Peace Processes, and Understanding External Intervention in Violent Conflicts
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.