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International Relations and Climate Change (with integrated year in industry) BA (Hons)

Aberystwyth University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

The planet is facing a climate emergency. Climate Change is the most significant and complex challenge to human social, political and economic systems. International Relations and Climate Change degree from Aberystwyth University is key to understanding this complexity and confronting this global crisis. From the individual to the global level action is urgently required. While individual contributions and efforts to save our planet are important, without local, national, regional and global cooperation and coordination the damage to our climate, environment and ecological systems cannot be slowed let alone reversed. Without states, international organisations, NGOs and social movements working together this existential global challenge cannot be effectively tackled.What are the obstacles to such cooperation? What possibilities are there to overcome them? These questions are at the heart of this innovative, incisive and intellectually stimulating degree scheme. The course provides a thorough and critical understanding of the interconnectedness of politics and international relations, climate change, the environment and natural resources, inequality and development, and cooperation and conflict. In particular this programme focuses on evaluating the nature of the climate emergency, its political, economic, social and ecological impacts, and the political, social, economic and human responses to it.In studying this course you will:- Engage with and develop a distinct multidisciplinary approach to the international politics of climate change.- Analyse the causes and consequence of climate change and environmental degradation, especially from the perspective of international politics.- Reflect on ways that states and societies struggle with managing the planet’s resources and ecological systems and to develop effective political and societal solutions.- Examine links between climate change and other global challenges such as conflict, migration, inequality and governance.- Explore through simulations the experience of decision-making processes, negotiations and the politics surrounding contemporary climate governance.- Undertake your year in industry during the third year. Students are required to find their placements independently, but support is available within the Department and also from colleagues in the Careers Services.Graduates of this degree will be well-placed to pursue a career in climate change management, adaptation and mitigation, both in the UK and abroad. Additionally, they will be suited to careers in related areas, such as environmental education and consultancy or conservation.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 16,000per year

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University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan learning environment.
The university’s research is internationally recognised. Some departments work with global organisation such as NASA and the UN.
Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1872, drawn by its reputation for teaching excellence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 72

    27th out of 85 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    126 60%

    33rd

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  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    84 84%

    7th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%

    16th

    10
  • Entry standards

    / Max 217
    112 51%

    51st

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    24th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.32 86%

    4th

    2

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