Politics, International Relations and Modern Languages (Italian)

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 Italian 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 Italy, when you will immerse yourself in the language and culture and truly broaden your horizons. Among the insitutions we have exchange links with is Siena, one of Italy’s most respected universities for politics and international relations, located in the heart of historic Tuscany.

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 Italy.

- Gain written and verbal fluency in Italian.

- Other language options in German (R200), French (R100) 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 Italian depending on your language proficiency:

Italian Language: Culture and Translation

Italian Ab Initio Written I

Italian Ab Initio Oral I

Italian Advanced Written I

Italian Advanced Oral I Year 2

Understanding the European Union: Politics and Theory You will take one of the following:

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

Advanced Italian II for Post Beginners

Advanced Italian II

Advanced Italian Translation: Skills and Practice

Year 3

Year Abroad Year 4

European Union Public Policy

You will take the following module in Italian:

Advanced Italian 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 Italian may include:

Heritage of Dante

Fascist Italy

Building the Italian Nation

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 Italian may include:

Postwar Italian Cinema: the Auteur Tradition

Art and Literature in Renaissance Florence

Italian Crime Fiction

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 Italian may include:

Dante: Divine Comedy 2

Of Women, Knights, Weapons and Loves: the Italian Chivalric Tradition

The Postmodern in Italian Literature: Pioneers, Practitioners and Critics

Shooting History: Dictatorship, Terror and Crime in Italian Film

Start Date


Tuition & Fees

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £17,700 European Fees
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) £17,700 Overseas Fees