BA Degree in International Relations

Open University validated as BA (HONS) Social Sciences: International Relations with Combined Studies

This major examines the historical, ideological, economic and political aspects of international affairs. The program familiarizes students with the central concerns of international relations – foreign policy analysis, international organizations, strategic studies, diplomacy, international political economy, international law and international relations theory. Classroom-based instruction is supplemented by opportunities to participate in comprehensive overseas research and discussion trips. The major provides an excellent foundation for careers in international organizations, government agencies, the diplomatic service, international business and finance and international media. It also prepares students for more specialized graduate studies in international relations.

Degree requirements

The Richmond core course requirements (34-41 credits)

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Lower division requirements (30 credits)

FHEQ Level 3


    ECN 3100 (3 CREDITS) - Foundations of Economics

    PLT 3100 (3 CREDITS) - Foundations of Politics

    PLT 3105 (3 CREDITS) - Comparative Political Systems

Plus one of the following:


    HST 3100 (3 CREDITS) - World Cultural History I

    HST 3105 (3 CREDITS) - World Cultural History II

FHEQ Level 4


    DEV 4100 (3 CREDITS) - Rich World / Poor World

    ECN 4110 (3 CREDITS) - Introduction to Macroeconomics

    INR 4100 (3 CREDITS) - Introduction to International Relations

    INR 4105 (3 CREDITS) - Evolution of International Systems

    MTH 4120 (3 CREDITS) - Probability & Statistics I

    PLT 4100 (3 CREDITS) - Major Political Thinkers

Upper division requirements (48 credits)

FHEQ Level 5


    DEV 5100 (3 CREDITS) - Global Development Politics

    INR 5200 (3 CREDITS) - Global Governance

    INR 5205 (3 CREDITS) - Security Studies

    SCL 5200 (3 CREDITS) - Social Research

plus two courses from the following:


    COM 5215 (3 CREDITS) - Political Communications

    HST 5100 (3 CREDITS) - Cultures Of Imperial Power

    HST 5105 (3 CREDITS) - Rise Of The Right: History of Fascisms

    HST 5110 (3 CREDITS) - Nationalism And Conflict

    INR 5100 (3 CREDITS) - Critical Globalization Studies

    INR 5400 (3 CREDITS) - US Grand Strategy

    INR 5405 (3 CREDITS) - Miracle To Meltdown: East & SE Asia

    MTH 5130 (3 CREDITS) - Game Theory and Decision Methods

    PLT 5100 (3 CREDITS) - Politics Of The Middle East

    PLT 5200 (3 CREDITS) - Political Economy: Capitalism and Critic

    PLT 5205 (3 CREDITS) - British Politics: Inside Parliament

    PLT 5400 (3 CREDITS) - Politics in the USA

    PLT 5405 (3 CREDITS) - The EU in New International System

    PLT 5410 (3 CREDITS) - Islam and The West

    PLT 5415 (3 CREDITS) - Politics Of Sub-Saharan Africa

    PLT 5420 (3 CREDITS) - Russian Politics and History

    PLT 5425 (3 CREDITS) - Modern China

FHEQ Level 6


    INR 6200 (3 CREDITS) - International Relations Theory

    INR 6205 (3 CREDITS) - International Political Economy

    INR 6210 (3 CREDITS) - The Politics of International Law

    INR 6296 (3 CREDITS) - Snr Seminar in International Relations 1

    INR 6297 (3 CREDITS) - Snr Seminar in International Relations 2

plus six of he following OR Internship and four of following:


    DEV 6200 (3 CREDITS) - Sustainable Development

    DEV 6205 (3 CREDITS) - Postcolonial Theory and Development

    INB 6200 (3 CREDITS) - Country Risk Analysis

    INR 6400 (3 CREDITS) - Conflict And Peace Studies

    INR 6405 (3 CREDITS) - International Human Rights

    INR 6410 (3 CREDITS) - Diplomatic Studies

    INR 6415 (3 CREDITS) - Foreign Policy Analysis

    INR 6420 (3 CREDITS) - Global Energy Politics

    INR 6962 (6 CREDITS) - World Internship International Relations

    INR 6972 (6 CREDITS) - Internship In International Relations

    PLT 6200 (3 CREDITS) - Liberty Justice Equality: Contemp Pol Th

    PLT 6205 (3 CREDITS) - Policy-Making in a Globalized World

    PLT 6400 (3 CREDITS) - Pol Sociology: Power, State and Society

    PLT 6405 (3 CREDITS) - Citizenship: National and Global

    PLT 6410 (3 CREDITS) - Politics Of Environmentalism

    PLT 6415 (3 CREDITS) - Ethnicity and Identity

    PLT 6420 (3 CREDITS) - Gender, Politics and Intl Relations

    PLT 6425 (3 CREDITS) - Religion, Identity And Power

    PLT 6430 (3 CREDITS) - Democracy and Democratization

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