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Aston University: Governance and International Politics Double MA

Institution Aston University View institution profile
Department School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Telephone 0121 204 4810
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The Governance and International Politics Double MA is an exciting two year masters course, which allows you to develop a deep understanding of issues of contemporary research in the field of governance and international politics. You will spend the first year at Aston University in Birmingham in the UK and the second year at Bamberg University in Germany, benefitting from the combined expertise and experience of teaching staff at two prestigious institutions to enable you to become a highly informed strategic thinker in the political arena.

What you’ll learn You will study two core modules in International Relations Theory and Governance of Global Problems, which will give you an advanced grounding in the key concepts and ideas used in the analysis of international relations and international politics.

You will critically examine the nature and impact of the major schools of thought in International Relations and understand how problems such as terrorism, economic and financial crisis, armed conflict or trade wars occur and how they might be best resolved. This will offer you a sense of the identity of International Relations as an academic discipline and give you a set of conceptual tools, which will better enable you to make sense of international events.

You will also examine the key issues in relation to globalisation, global governance and regional integration. Globalisation is the buzzword of our times. No other term has been used and abused as frequently as globalisation. It is variously seen as a threat to established social, political and economic interests or as an opportunity. You’ll gain an overview of political and social science approaches to the meaning of globalisation, global governance and regionalism, explore central issues and debates in relation to the impact of globalisation on social and political transformation, and critically evaluate contending interpretations of the impact of globalisation on social and political change.

Throughout your masters course, you will benefit from active membership of the Aston Centre for Europe, a thriving research hub which organises debates, study visits, and conferences and seminars on current international issues.


Aston University

Aston University is a stimulating and enjoyable place to study. We pride ourselves on providing a modern, supportive and multicultural environment and are committed to giving you the opportunity to achieve your full potential. You will learn in a friendly and diverse community in the centre of Birmingham, a vibrant and multicultural city in the heart of the UK.

You will be taught by both academic experts and practitioners who bring a wealth of real world experience into the classroom. There is an emphasis on learning by doing, to ensure that you gain practical experience by applying …

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