BA (Hons) International Relations / Spanish

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Overview

The combined honours programme offers you an opportunity to study two subjects at degree level, enabling you to benefit from high quality teaching across more than one subject.

International Relations is concerned with the system through which decisions are made in the international arena – with international institutions (like the World Trade Organization and the World Bank) and the relationship between these institutions and nation states. It is also about non-governmental institutions (NGOs): charities, pressure groups like Greenpeace and social movements like the World Social Forum. It is concerned with the study of power relations in the international arena amongst individuals, within social groups and amongst nation states.

Spanish: Proficiency in modern languages will give you the competitive edge in the global jobs market. In both the private and public sectors, there is demand for professionals with strong language skills who can work in culturally diverse environments. Studying Spanish at Manchester Met will give you the opportunity to learn from native speakers. Our languages department have created their own multi-cultural community, including British, exchange and international students, along with foreign language assistants, allowing you to be absorbed into the everyday use of your chosen language.

We have been providing professional language courses for more than 30 years. Our strong local, national and global links will help to enhance your study and future employment opportunities.

If you take Spanish as a major or equal subject you will be required to spend your third year abroad in Spain or Latin America. If Spanish is your minor subject, the course will be three years with no study abroad.

This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Studying a combined honours degree gives you the opportunity to improve your employability by developing skills and knowledge in two subjects.

Previous graduates have gone in to a variety of jobs in the public sector (housing and education departments in councils, the police, the military), utilities, the financial sector, recruitment, journalism, media, non-governmental organisations, charities, development work, teaching, the law and academic research.

A language-focused degree allows you to learn many transferable skills that can be used in a multitude of jobs. Teaching, translation and interpreting are popular pathways, but languages graduates are also sought after in many different industries, with recent graduates being offered positions in a variety of different sectors both in the UK and abroad. 

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

A Level Spanish at Grade B or above. Applicants without a Spanish A Level should contact the University directly to discuss options

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg Functional Skills) may be considered.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0 with a minimum of at least 5.5 in all units

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Combined Honours programmes offer you the ability to undertake two separate areas of study as either equal, major/minor or named route combinations.

In the first year, you will study each subject combination equally. Two core units for International Relations, two core units for Spanish. The core units for year one are shown below.

Please note that your choice of Spanish units is informed by your language entry level - if you are a beginner you can take the fast-track route (called AB INITIO) to bring you up to speed.

International Relations units:

  • Developments in Politics II
  • Approaches to International Relations
  • Global Chronicles: the rise of the International Order
  • Global Emancipatory Movements

Spanish units:

  • Spanish Advanced
  • Hispanic Culture and Society

Spanish AB INITIO units:

  • Spanish Fast Track 1
  • Spanish Fast Track 2

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Core Units

Hispanic Culture and Society
This unit will deal with a number of topics related to Spanish and Latin American history and society and the way some of these events are represented in texts. The unit will evaluate and analyse how twentieth-century Spanish and Latin Americans responded to events and conditions in Spain and Latin America from the ‘Discovery’ to the end of the twentieth century.
Approaches to International Relations

This unit introduces you to some of the foundational concepts and theoretical approaches that are employed in the discipline of International Relations. Applying concepts and theories to the world around us is something we do all the time, but quite often we are not even aware that we're doing it. Among other things, this unit will encourage you to reflect on your own use of theory and give you the tools to critically unpick and unpack the underlying assumptions of dominant approaches in the study of International Relations.

Spanish Advanced

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework. A range of topics will be covered embracing issues of contemporary relevance in Spain and Latin America.

Global Chronicles: the rise of the International Order

This unit explore some of the key historical events in modern history in relation to the key debates that have dominate the study of International Relations. We will explore the political implications of which historical events are deemed relevant to international relations and how this shapes the way we look at the world. The unit will help students to identify significant continuities and changes in international relations over time.

Global Emancipatory Movements

Global inequality is one of the largest challenges facing our world today. Approaches to understanding the roots of inequality and how to address inequality are both varied and controversial. We'll explore these approaches in depth and talk about movements aimed at addressing some of the greatest challenges facing our world today.

Developments in Politics II

This unit explores contemporary political developments in Britain, Europe and the wider world. Content will vary from year to year and can include: post-war British politics, the organisation of the European Union and its impact on the member states citizens; Global democratic transitions world-wide, and contemporary democratic structures.

Units of study available in Year 2 of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take through the programme and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study may be informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor and, for some units, the grades you achieved in Year 1. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative International Relations options available in Year 2 may be: 

  • Asking Questions and Finding Answers: Methods and Approaches to IR
  • International Relations Theory I

Indicative Spanish options available in Year 2 may be:

  • Spanish Language 2
  • Power and Culture in Spain
  • Introduction to Interpreting (Spanish)

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

International Relations

Spanish

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Core Units

Asking Questions and Finding Answers: Methods and Approaches to IR

The unit looks into the philosophy of social science and how debates about the study of international relations change the kind of questions we ask and the approaches we use to find responses to those questions. The unit will examine the utility of a variety of methods and approaches starting with training in how to use and critique statistical methods, through game theory, feminist approaches and t narrative approaches. The unit will culminate by asking you to reflect on what you think should be the point of studying international relations.

International Relations Theory I

This unit will examine the development f International Relations Theory throughout the twentieth century. The unit will look at the historically dominant traditions of realism, liberalism and Marxism and then explore contemporary critical theories such as feminism, postcolonialism, poststructuralism and social constructivism. The unit will focus on key debates between theories and connections to the historical development of the field of IR.

If you have chosen to study Spanish as an equal, major or named route subject you will study a 4 year course, spending your third year in Spain at one of our partner institutions or you can also apply to take part in the British Council language assistant scheme or choose a placement.

From 2020, those that have chosen to study International Relations as an equal, major or named subject have the opportunity to spend your third year on placement.

Those on the three-year full-time route will progress directly to their final year of study.

Units of study available in your final year of a Combined Honours programme will depend entirely on the route you wish to take and whether there are any additional requirements for study made by a particular professional or regulatory body. This is where you will begin to shape the learning of your degree to your own interests. 

You can continue with equal study (2 units from each subject) or choose a major/minor route (3 units from one subject, 1 unit from the other subject). You must study the core unit from each subject. 

Please note that your choice of units available to study is informed by your study choice of equal or major/minor. Not all units are available for all study options.

Indicative International Relations options available in Final Year may be:

  • Arts and Humanities Project

Indicative Spanish options available in Final Year may be:

  • Spanish Language 3

Please be advised that the unit combinations and availability will differ depending on whether you choose to undertake a major/minor, equal or named route through your programme. 

For an indication of units currently available please see our single honours degrees for unit details:

International Relations

Spanish

Read more about this year of study

Core Units

Arts & Humanities Project

You will work with a supervisor to define an independent project on an appropriate topic of your choosing. You may focus on an academic subject or work with an external partner. Preliminary research will generate a detailed proposal, which will form the basis of a guided independent research-based project to produce an extended piece of work that presents a thesis. Your final submission will be an individual project that builds upon the skills you have developed on your course.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment
Optional foundation year

Placement options

If you take Spanish as a major or equal subject you will spend your third year in Spain or Latin America and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study.

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Our Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section has a diverse community of international staff and students, and boasts strong local and global links to further enhance the quality of learning and opportunities available to its students.

The department’s Language Centre provides a wide range of development courses and is accredited by the British Council. It provides teaching in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics and TESOL with these subjects also available with Business, International Business and International Politics.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £15,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Funding

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

LR2K

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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