International relations and politics - exchange modules

Learn how to critically debate political processes while gaining an in-depth knowledge of the relationships between nations and processes of globalisation and global governance. You’ll be immersed in investigating how the international world works.

Included below is a list of all modules available for exchange students studying International relations and politics at the University of Plymouth. Further information about studying international relations and politics at the University of Plymouth can be found on our undergraduate and postgraduate course pages

First year modules

All modules are 20 credits 

Semester 1: 

  • PIR100 - Discovering world politics
  • IRL100 - Imagining world order
  • IRL101 - Introduction to contemporary international relations
  • POL100 - Democracy and democratisation 

Semester 2:

  • IRL102 - International relations since 1945
  • POL101 - Comparative democracies

Second year modules

All modules are 20 credits 

Semester 1:

  • IRL200 - Understanding global politics
  • PIR200 - International political economy
  • POL200 - The European Union: democracy beyond the nation state

Semester 2:

  • IRL201 - International security studies
  • IRL202 - The third world
  • POL201 - Democracy and globalisation: citizens and the modern state
  • POL203 - Civil society and the public sphere

Third year modules

All modules are 20 credits  

Semester 1:

  • IRL300 - Africa in the international system
  • IRL302 - NATO after the Cold War and beyond
  • PIR301 - Contemporary issues in international relations

Semester 2:

  • PIR305 - The politics of the United States
  • PIR306 - Environmental political economy
  • PIR307 - Europe in the World

Postgrad Exchange Modules

All modules are 20 credits 

Semester 1:

  • IRL701 - Research and professional skills and methodology
  • IRL702 - Strategy and security studies
  • IRL703 - Critical approaches to global governance

Semester 2:

  • IRL704 - Sub-Saharan Africa in the global political economy
  • IRL705 - International relations in the Middle East: a critical approach
  • IRL706 - International relations in practice
  • IRL707 - Crisis points: America in the Middle East since 1945
  • IRL708 - International trade policy and politics