University of Nottingham Ningbo China
School of
International Studies
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BA International Studies


Course structure

Year 1 (Preliminary Year)

This year is not compulsory for students with appropriate qualifications for year two entry.

The first year comprises a special programme of English for Academic Purposes designed by highly experienced staff from the acclaimed Centre of English Language Learning (CELE) at The University of Nottingham. This is carefully integrated with the study programmes offered by each academic school so as to prepare students fully for years 2-4 of the degree.

Visit Year One programme for more details.

Year 2 (Qualifying Year)

In this first year of specialist study you are introduced to the historical foundations of Western cultures and political systems together with themes and theories central to modern international organisations. Twenty-credit modules are structured around the student-centred approach with extensive reading as you practice the study skills you will need for more independent research later in your degree. Each semester you take twenty credits of options.

Year 3 (Part I)

In this year, you consolidate what you have learnt so far by applying the knowledge you have acquired so far with more in-depth study of contemporary issues covering regions including the West and Asia. Each semester you take twenty credits of options.

Visit exchange programme for more details.

Year 4 (Part II)

Besides taught modules and options the focus of your study in this final year is an individual dissertation project. This is on a topic of your own choice and consists of guided research spread over the whole academic year.

The BA International Studies is organised in three thematic pathways. We strongly recommend students studying in the International Studies programme to follow one of these pathways. For each pathway the modules have been designed to sequentially build upon each other. Each pathway gives you a thorough introduction into a more specific area of international studies in the second year, develops the scope of the themes in the third year and allows for specialisation in the fourth year. In each pathway there is a core module for every semester and a number of options. The pathways are: International relations/comparative politics pathway; Development and gender studies pathway; World History Pathway.


Year 2Semester 1
AS1012 Understanding the West (compulsory) 20
AS1006 Introduction to Comparative Politics (compulsory) 20
AS1004 Issues in Global Relations 20
AS1005 Origins of Capitalism 20
N/A Language (German 1a; French 1a; Japanese 1a; Spanish 1a; Italian 1a; Korean 1a; Mandarin) 20
CS1901 Media and Society 20
P11612 Work and Society 10
EK1117 Economic Perspectives 10
Year 2 Semester 2  
Code Title Credits
AS1015 The Making of Modern Europe 1789-1945(compulsory) 20
AS1002 Introduction to International Relations (compulsory) 20
AS1019 Introduction to European Politics 20
AS1022 Gender and Society 10
AS1014 The Roots of Globalisation 20
N/A Language (German 1b; French 1b; Japanese 1b; Spanish 1b; Italian 1b; Korean 1b; Mandarin 1b) 20
P11613 Organisational Behaviour 10
Year 3 Semester 1  
Code Title Credits
AS2004 International Political Economy (compulsory) 20
AS2001 The Making of Contemporary Europe 1945-2000 (compulsory) 20
AS2013 Imperial China 20
AS2037 Global Environmental Governance 20
AS2028 Democratisation in Asia, Africa and Latin America 20
AS2029 Politics and History of the Middle East 20
N/A Language (German 2a; French 2a; Japanese 2a; Spanish 2a; Italian 2a; Korean 2a; Mandarin 2a) 20
P12410 Strategic Management: Content and Analysis 10
P12412 Marketing Management 10
CS2942 Global Media & Communication 10
Year 3 Semester 2 (No compulsory modules this semester) 
Code Title Credits
AS2002  International Organisations 20
AS2008 Politics of Development 20
AS2038 Transnational History and Politics  20
AS2030 The Japanese Colonial Empire 20
AS2031 Global Shift: Power, Order, Change 20
AS2039 EU: Institutions 20
AS2011 China, Russia and the US 20
AS2036 China and Africa 20
N/A Language (German 2b; French 2b; Japanese 2b; Spanish 2b; Italian 2b; Korean 2b; Mandarin 2b) 20
ET2115 Chinese Economy and Society 20
ET2116 Chinese Economy and Society 10
CS2932 Political Communication 10
CS2922 Public Relations and Propaganda 10
P12814 Introduction to Business Operations 10
P12414 Marketing Analytics 10
Year 4 Semester 1  
Code Title Credits
AS3002 Dissertation I: Preliminary Analysis (Part I) (compulsory) 20
AS3035 EU: Policies and the Law 20
AS3001 China and the World 20
AS3023 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues 20
AS3024 North East Asia: A region of distant neighbours 20
AS3026 US Foreign Policy 20
N/A Language (German 3a; French 3a; Japanese 3a; Spanish 3a; Italian 3a; Korean 3a; Mandarin 3a) 10
P13KL8 International Business Environment I 10
P13449 Marketing Service 10
P13608 China and the World Trade Organisation 10
Year 4 Semester 2  
Code Title Credits
AS3003 Dissertation II: Final Presentation (Part II) (compulsory) 40
AS3027 Regionalism in Europe and Asia 20
AS3012 China in International Relations 20
N/A Language (German 3b; French 3b; Japanese 3b; Spanish 3b; Italian 3b; Korean 3b; Mandarin 3b) 20

Detailed module information can be found through the online module catalogue. Please enter the module title or code when searching.