Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Politics, 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 Spanish 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.

Spanish is a major world language and Spain itself is a key player in Europe, while Latin America is expected to see significant expansion over the coming decades as globalisation continues to gather pace. Choosing to study Spanish at Royal Holloway means joining our friendly, supportive and culturally diverse community where you will be inspired by leading specialists from one of the UK’s most interdisciplinary Hispanic Studies teams.

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.

You will be taught by dedicated language specialists, who will ensure that you gain valuable exposure to different varieties of Spanish. You will have the opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying, in a Spanish-speaking city, such as Havana, Madrid, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Mexico City, Seville or Salamanca, where you will immerse yourself in the language and culture, truly broadening your horizons in the process.

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 Spanish-speaking country.

Gain written and verbal fluency in Spanish.

Other language options in German (R200), Italian (R300) and French (R100).

Course Modules

Core Modules

Year 1

Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to Politics and Government

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

Spanish Language: Culture and Translation

Spanish Ab Initio Written I

Spanish Ab Initio Oral I

Spanish Advanced Written I

Spanish Advanced Oral I Year 2

Understanding the European Union: Politics and Theory

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

Intensive Spanish II

Spanish II

Advanced Spanish Translation: Skills and Practice

Year 3

Year Abroad Year 4

European Union Public Policy

You will take the following module in Spanish:

Spanish 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 Spanish may include:

Passion and Betrayal on the Spanish Stage

Re-Mapping the Amexicano Border in Visual Culture

Authors and Readers in 20th-Century Spanish American Fiction

Comparative Hispanic Culture

Spanish Language: Culture and Translation

Culture and Identity in Latin America

Text and Image In The Hispanic World

Visualising Cuba

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 Spanish may include:

Myths of the Feminine in the Spanish Novel

20th-Century Mexican Visual Arts and Film

Religion and Society in the 16th- and 17th-Century Hispanic World

Love in the Contemporary Spanish American Novel

Rebels, Revolution & Representation in Latin America

Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spanish Film

Year 4

European Union Foreign Policy

Power and Money in the European Union

Politics and/or International Relations Dissertation

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

Optional modules in Spanish may include:

Short Fiction by Spanish Women Writers

Spanish American Literature: An Overview

Don Quijote: The Text and Its Contexts

Seducing the Nation: Spanish Film 1940s to 1980s

Conflict in 20th-century Latin American Literature and Culture

Journeys of Discovery in 20th- Century Spanish American Literature

Devotion, Deceit, Desire: Literature of the Spanish Golden Age

Horror Cinema in the Hispanic World

Contemporary Mexican Cinema

Start Date:


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