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International Relations with Journalism BA (Hons)

Overview

Immersive approach

On this course, you'll learn to produce engaging multimedia content, grounding your investigative pursuits in issues of development and under development, conflict and conflict resolution, war and terrorism, globalisation and activism.

International Relations with Journalism BA (Hons) brings together our established expertise in both international relations and journalism to provide you with a fully-rounded education, offering you an exciting range of academic modules and topics while also allowing you to develop a variety of skills valued by employers.

We offer the opportunity for all undergraduate Home/EU students to undertake a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

International Relations student in a lecture

Why International Relations with Journalism at LSBU?

Wide ranging research interests: global political economy, international human rights, sexualities and society, global sport, human trafficking, sustainability and climate change.
Our interactive seminars and workshops encourage free and open debate - for you to share ideas and learn from each other.
Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.
We host Journalism.London, a student-led content platform for you to publish videos, audio and written news and features as well as social media and live streaming.
Our academics have worked professionally in the journalistic and television industries; our guest lecturers are at the forefront of contemporary journalism.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time BA
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time CertHE
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

Modules cover an array of enticing topics. You’ll consider issues of equity, ethics, social justice, and global responsibility, as well as learning chief IR concepts, theories and perspectives. Other topics include digital and investigative journalism.

Year 1

  • Revolutions, wars and the making of the modern world
    This module introduces some of the major themes and events in modern world history. It begins with an examination of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It moves on to look at the Industrial Revolution, national unification movements in Italy and Germany in the nineteenth century, Empire, the First World War and the ideologies of Fascism, Nazism and Soviet Communism. It looks at the impact of key historical figures such as Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler and their impact on the shape of the modern world. Taught through: weekly lectures, seminars and group debates. Assessment: group work and presentation (40%) and 1,500-word essay (60%).
  • Digital journalism 1
    The aims of this module are: to promote comprehension of the impact of the internet and social media on newsgathering and writing; to enable you to develop basic skills in creating and launching a website, writing for the web, uploading content online, visual thinking and using relevant digital tools to engage audiences online; to encourage cross year collaboration on content for the course site http://journalism.london (specifically by writing reviews). Assessment: WordPress website with three event reviews (50%), online test covering creating a website/content online and basic WordPress coding (30%), and professional conduct through a workbook covering the stories submitted for the website including research, sources, issues and processes. Attendance and punctuality will also be assessed (20%).
  • Theoretical perspectives in International Relations
    This module introduces key perspectives in international relations theory, both classical and modern. We'll explore classical thinkers, including Hobbes, Kant and Marx, but our emphasis is on twentieth century International Relations’ thinking. The Realist tradition will be a central concern, but critiques and alternatives will also be analysed. Throughout the module, we'll apply IR theory to real-world developments such as: war and peace,  global justice,  human rights,  foreign policy and diplomacy, nationalism, and revolution. Assessment: logbook (20%), 1,500-word essay (50%) and 1-hr exam (30%).
  • North and South: Issues in International Development
    This module explores the political economy of the world’s developing societies in a historical and global perspective by focusing on some of the key processes that have contributed to global inequality. The role of powerful global actors (including the major states and transnational corporations) and of international financial institutions is our central theme, but local, national and international development initiatives will also be explored. Assessment: presentation (20%), 1,500-word essay (30%) and 2-hour exam (50%).
  • Journalism and society
    This module will explore the wider social and cultural contexts within which journalism is practiced in our society. The module will focus on issues such the development of the news media (press, radio, television and online); the role of journalism as a ‘public sphere’; the rise and fall of ‘objectivity’ as a professional ideal and its value for the public interest; the constraints within which journalists work, in terms of ownership, regulation and the relationship with the audience; and the emergence of new media and ‘citizen journalism’, and their implications for professional identity. These issues will be addressed by both reviewing the variety of ways in which journalism has been understood as an object of academic study and by critically evaluating how they affect news representation and discourse. Assessment: 1,500-word essay (100%).

Year 2

  • Global governance, religionalism and the nation-state
    This module explores the contemporary multi-layered international system. We'll focus on the complex, dialectical (non-linear) economic, social and political relations between nation-states, regionalisation and globalisation. Regionalisation has emerged across the world, but is most developed in Europe. We'll also explore the role of international organisations in the global system, with particular emphasis on the United Nations system, including international financial institutions. In problematising one-sided arguments about the decline of the state, we'll critically reflect on state power and global inter-dependence in the 21st century. Assessment: international news diary (50%) and 2-hr exam (50%).
  • Exploring British attitudes: quantitative methods in social research
    In the first half of this module you are introduced to basic issues in research design and methodology. Topics covered include sampling and measurement. In the second half of the module experimental design and random assignment, formulating research questions you learn the basics of statistical analysis and how to use SPSS.
  • Journalism futures
    This module introduces you to a range of debates around the future of journalism as it goes online, interactive and mobile. It will enable you to examine digital journalism within a theoretical context to support any independent projects or research papers undertaken in your final year. It examines how technology has radically changed the way we receive and interact with news and current affairs, identifies what constitutes journalism in a global digital news culture, and provides theoretical underpinning for the upcoming module interactive journalism. Assessment: a 3,000-word essay.
  • Globalisation and development
    This module introduces key concepts, issues and theoretical debates in development studies. The module focuses on the developing societies of Africa, Asia, and Latin America and seeks to develop a comparative analysis of the divergent developmental experiences of Africa and the BRIC economies. The module locates the debates and issues that it explores within both an historical and global context and encourages students to explore the inter-dependence of the developed and developing world.
  • The environment, sustainability and climate change
    This module provides a grounding in the study of the politics of environmental sustainability. The module focuses firstly on the debate on environmental sustainability which includes the challenge by environmentalists that it is a contradiction. Alternative approaches will also be examined including: green theory, the free market and Marxist approaches. The second part of the module looks at increasing global competition for water, food, energy and oil. The politics of climate change and deforestation; transport and tourism; global security and justice will also be covered. The third part of the course focuses on case studies of organisations and movements involved in environmental sustainability. We'll look into the IPCC; Copenhagen Climate Council; the Fair Trade Movement; Ethical Consumerism and the Environmental Movement. 
  • Investigative journalism
    This module will focus on the techniques involved in writing for newspapers in general and in reporting and investigating a controversial topic (crime, corruption, a scandal, etc.). This unit will allow you to work on news or an investigative project while exposing a ‘real life’ alleged failure of justice. The unit will address the techniques required for both the research/investigation (surveillance techniques, going undercover, archive research, use of anonymous sources, analysis of documents, scientific analysis, social and legal issues, and the like) and the writing of a final news piece. The unit will also address the consequences of investigative journalism, for the individual and for the society as a whole. Assessment: One 1,500-word journalistic investigative feature (80%). And you'll be required to submit a full notebook with notes and sources clearly recorded. Attendance and punctuality will also be assessed as part of the professional conduct element (20%).

Year 3

  • Contemporary dynamics of the world system
    This module explores the structures, dynamics and transformations of world orders and provides students with an understanding of international relations since the demise of the nineteenth-century Pax Britannica. We'll explore successive world orders, analysing the period of rivalry between the major powers (1875-1945), and the era of Cold War bi-polarity and Pax Americana (1945-1990). We'll focus on post-Cold War developments, including the rise of China, the debate on US empire and hegemony, and processes of globalization and transnationalisation. We'll also explore contemporary patterns of international disorder, including the developing multi-polarity and the rise of transnational Islamic activism. Assessment: seminar presentation (20%), 1,000-word book review (30%) and 2-hr exam (50%).
  • Diplomacy and conflict resolution
    This module examines the historical, theoretical, normative and practical aspects of diplomacy and conflict resolution, Having defined the key concepts, we'll explore a range of approaches to the subject, including political and legal approaches. Our primary focus is on the role of states but we'll consider international institutions and non-state actors, such as NGOOs, too. Key topics covered include: the nature and history and nature of diplomacy, the history of conflict resolution, the processes of conflict resolution including peace-keeping, humanitarian intervention, and responsibility to protect, including a critique of liberal interventionism. Assessment: blog on a recent international conflict resolution effort (50%), presentation (30%), participate in model UN event (20%).
  • Crimes of the powerful: states, corporations and human rights
    This module explores the phenomena of state crime, corporate crime and the involvement of powerful social forces in human rights abuses. We'll examine the problems involved in conceptualising state crimes and human rights and looks at contemporary crimes against humanity, including in the area of environmental rights. We'll also explore the problems involved in regulating and controlling state crime and human rights atrocities in which states and state officials play a key role. The critical engagement with globalization provides a  you with a framework to explore significant contemporary debates and developments. Assessment: 500-word annotated bibliography (20%) and 2,500-word case study (80%).
  • Genocide and crimes against humanity
    This module explores the history of genocide and crimes against humanity in the twentieth century and beyond. It begins with an introduction to the related concepts of genocide and crimes against humanity before considering a range of events including colonial genocides, the Armenian Genocide, the Nazi ‘Final Solution’, alleged genocides in Cambodia, Yugoslavia and Rwanda, as well as cases of genocide in the twenty first century in Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. You'll analyse the dynamics of genocide and crimes against humanity in order to shed light upon their origins, characteristics and consequences. Taught through: a mix of lectures and seminars. Assessment: 4,000-word essay (100%).

Plus one choice from:

  • Journalism project
    This module provides the platform to showcase your abilities with a practical piece of journalism. The module enables you to produce an individual piece of work in an area of your choice, resulting in an applied project demonstrating professional competencies and skills. A journalistic piece of work in negotiation with the supervisor (90% element) plus one reflective essay of 1,000 words evaluating the challenges of the journalistic piece of work (10% element).
  • Research paper (journalism option)
    The final year research paper provides the opportunity for you to conduct original research in an area of your degree or field of interest. The research paper allows you to use any of the theories, topics and methods encountered on your course. You’ll manage your own learning under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Lectures will offer general advice and guidance on research methods and describe different ways of approaching and structuring the research paper. The way your own research paper is organised and structured is best decided in consultation with your supervisor. Assessment: a 6,000-word research paper of 6,000 words (100%).
  • International relations research project
    This level six double module covers two semesters and consists of the research for and completion of an academic project with a 10,000 word limit. Each student chooses a subject relevant to the study of International Relations in which they wish to specialize, and then uses the skills and knowledge that they have accumulated and developed through modules studied at previous levels to undertake and complete the project. During the whole process, from choice of subject to final submission, each student will have the support and guidance of a supervisor allocated for this purpose.

Employability

Graduates are in demand for their skill-mix:

  • analysis
  • critical thinking
  • research
  • strong communication skills

As a graduate you’ll be able to appreciate that problems are often multi-faceted and require thoughtful, creative and logical approaches. Such graduates are highly valuable (in both commercial and Not-for-Profit sectors) because of their ability to contribute to strategic decision making.

Typical careers are:

  • teaching
  • voluntary sector project management
  • work in NGOs, local and central government
  • general commercial businesses
  • national delegations at the United Nations

You'll also learn the traditional tools of journalism, including researching, writing, proof-reading and sub editing.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff


Prof. Craig Barker

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Dean, School of Law and Social Sciences

Prof. Craig Barker is the Dean of the School of Law and Social Sciences and a Professor of International Law. Appointed in 2015, Prof. Barker has taught extensively in the areas of domestic and international law, as well as international politics. He is a leading international expert on issues relating to diplomatic law.


Dr Terri Daniels

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media
Job title: Course Director: Media and Cultural Studies

Dr Terry Daniels is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts & Creative Industries, specialising in visual culture, research methods, and mediated representations of gender and ethnicity. Her research interests include representations of ethnicity in British television, and historical research using documents and archives.


Dr Clara Eroukhmanoff

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Lecurer in International Relations

Clara is a Lecturer in International Relations at LSBU. She has published in Critical Studies on Terrorism, Critical Studies on Security and contributed to chapters in edited volumes on counter-terrorism and the temporality of emotions.


Laura-Jane Filotrani

School/Division: Arts and Creative Industries / Film and Media; Arts and Performance; Creative Technologies
Job title: Course Director, BA (Hons) Journalism

Laura-Jane Filotrani is currently the course director of BA (Hons) Journalism. She comes from a background of consumer publications, trade papers, local news and the national press. She has worked cross-medium and cross-platform, and is an experienced website builder with the CMS WordPress.


Dr Lisa Pine

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Pine currently teaches modules on 'Revolutions, Wars and the Making of the Modern World', 'War and Social Change in the Twentieth Century' and 'Genocide and Crimes against Humanity'.


Federico Rossi

School/Division: Built Environment and Architecture / Architecture
Job title: Academic Leader for Digital Architecture Robotics and Senior Lecturer in Architecture

Federico Rossi is the academic leader of the Digital Architecture and Robotic Lab and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at London South Bank University (LSBU).


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Study hours

Year 1 class contact time is typically 9 hours per week. In addition, you'll be expected to devote time to independent study and attend personal tutorials.

Research active academics

You'll be taught by research active academics whose work is internationally recognised and informs the course curriculum.

Online learning resources

We also provide extensive virtual learning resources with access to core texts whenever you need it. A wide range of support is available through LSBU's student services.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BCC or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

Apply now for a full-time course starting this September through Clearing.

Call 0800 923 8888 to speak to one of our dedicated Clearing advisors who’ll take you through your application.

You can also speak to us in person at one of our clearing application sessions.

If you’re applying for a health and social care course use our online application service.

For more information visit our Clearing page.

Part-time course

Please follow the instructions on the table below to apply for a part-time course.

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

2019 entry

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time BA
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
L4P5
Application method
Mode
Full-time CertHE
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
5P4L
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

 
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