Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

olitics, International Relations and Modern Languages explores the key areas of contemporary European politics and international relations, and combines these with the in-depth study of German language, society and culture. Taught in partnership between the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, this course is informed by the outstanding research and international outlook of both departments.

The politics element of the course provides an introduction to the working of international relations and the growth of Europe as a political entity. This includes research into areas such as Brexit, the European Union’s Budget, the European Parliament, security, international diplomacy, and the use of military force, as well as European languages and cultures. Your second and final year courses in European politics and international relations will be taught by Giacomo Benedetto, who holds a Jean Monnet professorship in European integration awarded by the European Union.

As a modern linguist, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.

As a part of Royal Holloway’s close-knit international community based in our beautiful historic campus, you will be within easy reach of London. You will also have the exciting opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying in a German-speaking country, when you will immerse yourself in the language and culture and truly broaden your horizons. Among the institutions we have exchange links with are two of Germany’s most respected universities for politics and international relations - the Ludwig-Maximilian’s University of Munich and the University of Konstanz.

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, we will commit to providing 2019 and 2020 entry students with a subsidy equivalent to current Erasmus+ funding (where this would have previously been funded by the Erasmus+ scheme). To find out more visit the Erasmus+ page.

- Study with leading experts on Brexit and EU Budgets.

- Taught in partnership with the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

- Spend a year of study and/or work in a German-speaking country.

- Gain written and verbal fluency in German.

- Other language options in French (R100), Italian (R300) and Spanish (R401).

Course Modules

Core Modules

Year 1

Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to Politics and Government

You will take one of the following modules in German depending on your language proficiency:

German Language: Culture and Translation

German Ab Initio Written I

German Ab Initio Oral I

German Advanced Written I

German Advanced Oral I Year 2

Understanding the European Union: Politics and Theory

You will take one of the following modules in German depending on your language proficiency:

Intensive Beginners’ German II

German Language II

Advanced German Translation: Skills and Practice

Year 3

Year Abroad Year 4

European Union Public Policy

You will take the following module in German:

German Language III

Optional Modules

There are a number of optional course modules available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course modules that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new modules may be offered or existing modules may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Optional modules in German may include:

Introduction to German Studies

German History and Culture

German Language: Culture and Translation Year 2

International Relations Theory

Democracy in Britain

Contemporary Political Theory

International Political Economy

Political Behaviour

War and Security in World Politics

Modern Political Thought

International Organisations

The Politics of Human Rights

Introduction to Political Communication

Optional modules in German may include:

Death, Desire, Decline: Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka

Love and Marriage in Major Novels by Theodor Fontane

Representations of Childhood and Youth in Modern German Culture

Year 4

Power and Money in the European Union

Dissertation in Politics and/or IR

The British in India: a Social and Political History

Contemporary Middle East Politics

US Foreign Policy

Comparative Foreign Policy

Young People's Politics

Leadership, Power and the British Prime Minister

Visual Politics

Understanding China's Rise: Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy

Global Energy Policy

Refugees and Migration in World Politics

American Political Development

The Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe

The Politics of International Development

Issues in Democratic Theory

Political Theories of Freedom

Defence and Security Governance

Military Change in the 21st Century

Leaders and Political Communication

Global Healthy Policy

Political Protest

European Union Foreign Policy

Optional modules in German may include:

Doubles, Devils, and Deadly Spiders: 19th-Century German Gothic Literature

Narrative and Identity: The German Novel from the 18th to the 21st Century

Dream Factories: Recent German Film

Dark Tales: E.T.A. Hoffmann and German Romanticism

National Socialism and the Third Reich in German Film and Visual Culture from 1933 to the Present

German Dissertation

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £17,300 Overseas Fees