Teaching and Learning
Our research-led teaching employs a wide range of innovative methods. You will debate the current challenges facing democracy, freedom, and security with academics who are at the forefront of their subjects. To learn more about the world-class research we do see our staff profiles and our international security, political economy and foreign policy research page. Our lecturers will take you beyond the daily headlines and help you discover the international systems, ideas, and organisations that shape the political world. You will benefit from a course which received excellent ratings for teaching and student satisfaction. In the 2017 NSS student survey, 100% of respondents strongly agreed with the question: 'Are staff good at explaining things?' We are proud that 92% of responses to questions about ‘the teaching on my course’ were
favourable or very favourable in the NSS survey.
We will train you in the theories, concepts, and methods needed to understand contemporary international relations. Your teaching will include field trips, one-on-one tutorials, group simulations, research seminars, and workshops that develop practical skills like research methods and essay writing. Our Plymouth International Studies Centre Seminar Series will give you the opportunity to engage with external scholars focusing on topical aspects of contemporary global politics.
With options to work or study abroad in Europe, Canada or the USA through our exchange programme and fieldtrips to the Middle East and Africa, you can experience different political cultures and develop language skills. Join the Politics and International Affairs Society and you’ll benefit from unique film screenings, guest speakers and social events.