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


Course structure

Year 1 (Preliminary Year) N.B. 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.

Year 2 (Qualifying Year)

In this first year of specialist study you can choose from modules covering the historical foundations of Western cultures and political systems. These twenty-credit modules are structured around the student-centred learning approach with extensive reading as you practice the study skills you will need for more independent research later in your degree. You will also embark on your language training in Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese, which is designed to foster the multi-lingual communication skills needed to be successful in the international arena today. 

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. You will also continue your language training at a second higher level in Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese. 

Year 4 (Part II)

Besides a taught module 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. You will also complete your language training with a third more advanced level in Spanish/German/French/Japanese/Chinese.


Year 2Semester 1 
N/A Languages 1a (French/German/Spanish/Japanese/Mandarin) (compulsory) 20
  And at least one of the following modules (The other can be an option):  
AS1006 Introduction to Comparative Politics (restricted) 20
AS1012 Understanding the West (restricted) 20
  Optional Modules  
AS1004 Issues in Global Relations 20
AS1005 Origins of Capitalism 20
CS1901 Media and Society 20
P11612 Work and Society 10
EK1117 Economic Perspectives 10
Year 2Semester 2 
N/A Languages 1b (French/German/Spanish/Japanese/Mandarin) (compulsory) 20
  And at least ONE of the following modules (The other can be an option):  
AS1002 Introduction to International Relations (restricted) 20
AS1015 The Making of Modern Europe 1789-1945 (restricted) 20
  Optional Modules  
AS1019 Introduction to European Politics 20
AS1022 Gender and Society 10
AS1014 The Roots of Globalization 20
P11613 Organisational Behaviour 10
Year 3Semester 1 
N/A Language 2a (20 credits, as per choice in qualifying year) (compulsory) 20
  And at least one of the following modules (The other can be an option): 20
AS2004 International Political Economy (restricted) 20
AS2001 The Making of Contemporary Europe 1945-2000 (restricted) 20
  Optional Modules  
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
P12410 Strategic Management: Content and Analysis 10
P12412 Marketing Management 10
CS2942 Global Media & Communication 10
Year 3Semester 2 
N/A Language 2b (20 credits, as per choice in qualifying year) (compulsory) 20
  Optional Modules  
AS2002 International Organisations 20
AS2030 The Japanese Colonial Empire 20
AS2031 Global Shift: Power, Order, Change 20
AS2011 China, Russia and the US 20
AS2038 Transnational History and Politics 20
AS2039 EU: Institutions 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 4Semester 1 
AS3002 Dissertation I: Preliminary Analysis (Part I) (compulsory) 20
N/A Language 3a (as per choice in Qualifying Year) (compulsory) 20
  Optional Modules 20
AS3001 China and the World 20
AS3023 Contemporary Security: Theories and Issues 20
AS3024 North East Asia: A region of distant neighbours 20
AS3035 EU: Policies and the Law 20
AS3026 US Foreign Policy 20
P13608 China and the World Trade Organisation 10
P13KL8 International Business Environment I 10
P13449 Marketing Service 10
Year 4Semester 2 
N/A Language 3b as above (compulsory) 20
AS3003 Dissertation II: Final Presentation (Part II) (compulsory) 40

Detailed module information can be found through the Online Module Catalogue. Please key in the module title or module code while searching.