University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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MA China in International Relations & World History

 

About the course

This programme gives students the opportunity to develop deep understanding and analytical excellence in a field of increasing importance, international studies. A wide selection of modules allows them to specialise in a variety of different areas. Dissertations are written under the guidance of experienced academic staff, which includes world-leading experts on China, Japan, the UK, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Russia, among others. Students will be introduced to key concepts and theories, will be trained in research methods, and gain access to (and we hope contribute to) the latest research in international relations and world history.

Students can choose from a range of modules in international relations and international history, which include, in addition to subjects directly related to international relations and world history, modules in diplomacy/foreign policy analysis, development, international economics, international organisations, European politics, regionalism, traditional and non-traditional security, environmental policy, area studies (including China, Russia, the US, Europe, the UK, Japan, the Middle East, Africa, etc.) and of course research methods, to name a few. Small seminars allow students to develop their analytical skills, and oral and written presentation techniques, as well as their capacity to research, compile and produce thematic reports, essays, and papers.

Case studies and occasional simulation games deepen students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of negotiations, diplomacy, world history and international relations. The dissertation will give students the opportunity to prove the breadth and depth of their knowledge.

Course structure

The MA in International Relations and World History is offered as a two year programme.  A part time path is also an option.  Students must take 240 credits to graduate, comprised of 60 credits each semester for three semesters (four modules each semester at 15 credits each), plus 60 credits for the dissertation (normally done the final semester of the second year).  Students must pass the taught components before proceeding to the dissertation.

Modules


PG I

Compulsory

Student must take all modules in this group  

CodeTitleCreditsCompensatableTaught

DS4001

Core Concepts in International Relations and World History

15

Y

 Autumn

ET4107

Government and Politics of China 

10

Y

 Autumn

DS4009

China in International Relations

15

Y

 Spring

ET4324

Economic Development in Contemporary China

10

Y

 Spring

 

Credit Total

50

 

 

Restricted

Students must take TWO modules (20 credits) from this list below

 Code

 Title

 Credits

 Compensatable

 Taught

ET4102 

Contemporary Chinese Culture, Ideology and Society

 10 

 Y 

 Spring

ET4104

Management for China (10 credits)

 10 

 Y 

 Spring

ET4322

Chinese Business and Society

 10 

 Y 

 Spring

 

Credit Total

 30

 

 

Alternative

 Code

 Title

 Credits

 Compensatable

 Taught

N/A

Mandarin 1A

 15

 Y

 Autumn

DS4024 

US Foreign Policy

 15

 Y

 Autumn

DS4025 

Democratisation in Asia, Africa and Latin America

 15

 Y

 Autumn

DS4029 

Politics and History of the Middle East  

 15

 Y

 Autumn

N/A

Other languages 1A (French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Korean)

 15

 Y

 Autumn

N/A

Mandarin 1B

 15

 Y

 Spring

DS4012 

Special World History Project

 15

 Y

 Spring

DS4027 

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

 15

 Y

 Spring

DS4050

The Rise and Fall of British Empire

 20

 Y

 Spring

DS4030 

Global Shift: Power, Order, Change 

 15

 Y

 Spring

DS4023 

International Organization

 15

 Y

 Spring

DS4033 

China and Africa 

 15

 Y

 Spring

N/A

Other languages 1B (French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Korean)

 15

 Y

 Spring

PG II

Compulsory

Student must take all modules in this group:

 Code

 Title

 Credits

Compensatable 

 Taught

DS4015 Research Methods I 15 Y  Autumn
DS4010 Dissertation 60 N  Full Year
  Credit Total 75    

Restricted

Students must choose ONE module (15 credits) from this group, offered by the School of International Studies:

 Code

 Title

 Credits

 Compensatable

 Taught

DS4005

Internship (Please check Note 1)

 15

 Y

Full Year

DS4043

China and the World

 15

 Y

Autumn

 

Credit Total

 30

 

 

Alternative:

 Code

Title 

Credits

Compensatable

Taught

CSXXXX

Mandarin 2A

 15

 Y

 Autumn

 N/A

Languages 2A (French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Korean)

 15

 Y

 Autumn

CSXXXX 

Mandarin 2B

 15

 Y

 Spring

DS4012 

Special World History Project

 15

 Y

 Spring

DS4027 

The Rise and Fall of the British Empire

 15

 Y

 Spring

DS4050

The Rise and Fall of British Empire

 20

 Y

 Spring

DS4045

Humanitarian Intervention and Civil Wars

 15

 Y

 Spring

 N/A

Languages 2B (French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian or Korean)

 15

 Y

 Spring

Students may not select taught modules worth more than 75 credits in any one semester.

Note 1: DS4005 Internship can start in the summer of Year 1 and be completed by the end of Autumn semester of Y2.  Assessement will be in the Autumn semester of Y2. Long-term part-time internships may be agreed with the School in consultation with the convenor. This programme structure is in line with the requirements of the University of Nottingham Qualifications Framework. At http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/academicservices/qualitymanual/curriculum/unqf.aspx ).

 

Detailed module information can be found on the Online Module Catalogue. Please key in the relevant module title or module code.

Our staff

The School of International Studies has academic staff from all across the world, who are world-leading experts in their fields. Students gain from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds which compliment the global nature of this programme.

Our class size

We anticipate that the 2016 class size will be approximately ten students.

Your degree certificate

All students who successfully complete their studies at The University of Nottingham Ningbo China will be awarded a University of Nottingham, UK degree.

There are no differences between certificates awarded in the UK and those awarded in China.

Further information

Please visit Study with us for details on entry requirements, scholarships and application procedures.                                                              

You can also contact us by email: fhss@nottingham.edu.