This unique summer programme will introduce you to the key debates and issues in contemporary International Relations. In addition to exploring key theories and concepts, you will also learn about particular conflicts, discuss contemporary wars, debate the ethics of intervention and the use of violence, as well as consider the logic and impact of interventions. You will learn how international institutions function, how they respond to global and international threats, and how they attempt to mediate wars and conflicts.
- Understand the basic theoretical and conceptual frameworks used in the study of IR.
- Apply theoretical frameworks/arguments to contemporary issues of war and conflict resolution.
- Critically assess the role of international (or supra-state) institutions and interrogate their relationship with domestic and local institutions and actors.
- Benefit from exposure to the culture and traditions of two major European capitals, giving you the opportunity to develop your language skills.
The programme will run from 2-28 July 2017. Weeks 1 and 2, which will take place at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) are planned to run as follows:
Democracy and the Arab Spring
The Future of the EU
International Politics of Africa
Ethnic Conflict, Terrorism and ‘New Wars’
Russia and the Ukraine
The Politics of the Global Climate
Approaches to the Study of International Relations
US Global Power
Weeks 3 and 4 will take place at the University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP). You will explore practical and performative aspects of international politics: how diverse individual and collective actors perform international politics through campaigns, protests, movements, and many other repertoires. There will be a special focus on unconventional actors such as artists and activists who are significantly shaping international politics. The sessions as expected to run as indicated below:
Non-institutional and institutional actors
We explore NGOs, INGOs, activists, artists, and their primary modes of acting in international politics.
The state and non-state actors
Bodies and borders
Camps and cities
Nature and the high seas
Ways of investigating the meaning and function of what actors do when they perform international politics.
How to apply
All applications should be made online. In addition to the online form, you will need to provide some information about yourself. See How to apply below
How to apply
All applications should be made online. Once you have filled in the online application form, please send the supporting documents to firstname.lastname@example.org, putting your name in the subject line of your email, you will need to send:
You will need to send us:
- Your most recent academic transcript;
- An academic reference;
- A CV detailing your professional experience and prior education.
If your first language is not English, you must provide also evidence of your English language proficiency, for example an IELTS or TOEFL certificate. For this course we expect an IELTS (or equivalent) as stated in the Entry Requirements section. You should email your certificate, if required, to email@example.com, putting your name in the subject line of your email.
Course Fee: £3,000 includes the following:
- Breakfast and Lunch
- Return tickets London/Paris
- A field trip to Brussels (cost of return travel only)
Additional costs not included in course fee: Evening meals, social, travel, cultural and any other activities not related to the course.
ACADEMIC: Each application will be considered on its merits. The programme is designed primarily for students who have studied at university level. Typically this means students in their second year of university, or students who can demonstrate recent academic study at this level. We are looking at students who have studied International Relations or a similar subject, and if studying in the UK, your grades should be in the 2:1 range.
We accept equivalents from other international university systems, examples of which are as follows
- China: GPA of 3.2 out of 4 or higher from a recognised university
- France: 13 or higher from a recognised university
- Germany: ‘gut’ or better from a recognised university
- India: Minimum of 60%
- Italy: 24 or higher from a recognised university
- Norway: B or better from a recognised university
- Singapore: GPA of 3.0 out of 4 or higher from a recognised university
- Spain: Minimum of 7
- Switzerland: on a grading from 1 – 6, 5 or higher from a recognised university
- Turkey: CGPA of 2.80
- USA: GPA of 3.2 out of 4 or higher from a recognised university
Please contact us if you have studied in another country not listed above.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE: All modules will be taught and assessed entirely in English. Therefore all students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. We accept the following qualifications:
IELTS 7.0 or above (minimum 6.5 in each component)
TOEFL (Internet based) 100 or above (minimum 24/30 in reading and writing, 20/30 in listening and speaking)
If you have an alternative English Language qualification please contact us.
If you require accommodation, then you must apply by 13 April 2017.
However, if you do not require accommodation then the deadline for applications is 26 May 2017. The School reserves the right to close applications early.
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