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BAInternational Politics and Strategic Studies

Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
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Overview

Among the central concerns of International Politics are questions of war and peace. Why does war happen? How can wars be stopped once they begin? Is it possible to avoid conflict altogether? An understanding of Strategic Studies provides important insights into these fundamental questions by considering the basic tool of war: the use of force. The use of force – and the credible threat of its use – is among the most powerful instruments of contemporary international politics. During the course of this degree, you will examine the application of force and its impact on societies and people, from the advent of nuclear weapons and the development of deterrence theory to the post-9/11 Global War on Terror in Afghanistan and Iraq. This degree is about how force might be used most effectively, when it is ethical to use force and when it is legal. It is also about how wars might be prevented and how weapons might be controlled, including questions of disarmament and preventing or limiting the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The BA International Politics and Strategic Studies degree is concerned with the use of force in international relations for political purposes, and focuses on the threat and application of military force, and the prevention and conduct of war. As a student on the International Politics and Strategic Studies degree at Aberystwyth, you can expect to be introduced to the major strategic issues of the Cold War era, nuclear deterrence, arms control and disarmament, limited war, revolutionary war, crisis management, alliances and the defence policies of the major powers. This degree course also deals with the major debates which have taken place since the end of the Cold War concerning the relationship between traditional Strategic Studies and the developing field of Security Studies.

Career opportunities

This degree scheme opens up a wide range of careers in the political arena, such as Government research officer, public affairs consultant, social researcher, and Civil Service fast streamer, but would also be useful for such roles as local government officer, journalist, public relations officer, market researcher and work in the diplomatic services. The research and analytical skills you will develop during your degree will also provide a sound basis for postgraduate study and for a career in academia.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States