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International Politics and Languages (IPL)

Why choose this course?

  • Politics at Aston is currently ranked Top 20 in the UK for Employability in the latest Guardian University Guide and Sunday Times University Guide.
  • Politics at Aston achieved 95% Overall Satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • 6th for Languages Graduate Level Destinations sixth months after Graduation - Guardian 2013 
  • Internationally recognised research, backed by the Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: RL92

Typical Offers
A Levels
: ABB from 3 A-levels, including at least one of French, German or Spanish Grade B.  General Studies accepted. 

If your predicted grades are close to those stated in Aston's typical offers and if you are interested in Aston University and the courses we offer we encourage you to apply to us as one of your 5 UCAS choices. In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (eg AS grades, GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via lss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French, German or Spanish.
Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module.  Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.  A-level grade B in French, German or Spanish or equivalent.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in French, German, Spanish or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C.

Tuition fees 2014/15: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Taught within the School of Languages and Social Sciences, our IPL degree is designed as an integrated degree so that the language knowledge gained will enhance your understanding of international politics. 

The course combines modules in your chosen language(s) – language skills, media, politics, cultural studies and linguistics – with an emphasis on European politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory and modern European history. 



Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only -  the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer, the module content and the assessment methods.  

Click on the module titles to find out more.

Year 1
Core modules:

Information Skills     LP1012
Introduction to International Relations     LP1021
Introduction to Politics     LP1019
Introduction to the European Union     LP1065

And modules to the value of 60 credits in one of the 9 pathways set out below:

French:

French Language Skills I     LF1005
Introduction to French Culture     LF1024
France since the Revolution     LF1025


German:
German Language Skills I     LG1001
German History & Society     LG1050
German Language Past and Present     LG1011
German Current Affairs     LG1023


Spanish:

Spanish Language Skills I     LS1001
Introduction to Spain     LS1015
Introduction to Latin America     LS1019


French & German:
German Language Skills I     LG1001
French Language Skills I     LF1005
German Current Affairs     LG1023
France since the Revolution II     LF1029


French & Spanish:
Spanish Language Skills I & II     LS1001
French Language Skills I     LF1005     
Introduction to Spain     LS1013     
France since the Revolution 1    LF1028


Spanish & German:
Spanish Language Skills I & II     LS1001
German Language Skills I     LG1001
German Current Affairs     LG1023
Introduction to Spain     LS1013
 

French & Arabic:
French Language Skills I     LF1005
France since the Revolution     LF1025
Arabic Beginners I     LZ1400
Arabic Beginners II     LZ1401


French & Chinese:
French Language Skills I     LF1005
France since the Revolution     LF1025
Mandarin Chinese Beginners I     LX1400
Mandarin Chinese Beginners II     LX1401


French & Spanish (Ab Initio)
French Language Skills I     LF1005
France since the Revolution     LF1025 

Spanish Beginners I     LS1400
Spanish Beginners II     LS1401



Year 2
Core modules:

The Politics and Policies of the European Union     LP2020
Comparative Government and Politics     LP2007
International Relations, Theories and Issues     LP2014
Research Methods in Political & Social Sciences     LP2006


And modules to the value of 60 credits in one of the 9 pathways set out below:

French:
French Language Skills II     LF2005
Reading the French Press     LF2016
France in the Fifth republic     LF2050
French Society: Conflict and Consensus     LF2009
History of the French Language     LF2014


German:
German Language Skills II     LG2002
Politics & Society in Contemporary Germany    LG2026
The Legacy of National Socialism     LG2025
Metropolis Berlin     LG2018
Austrian Cultural History     LG2014


Spanish:
Spanish Language Skills I & II     LS2001 
Contemporary Spain     LS2016
Contemporary Latin America     LS2017
Spanish Media     LS2019
Spanish in the World     LS2018


French & German:
French Language Skills II     LF2005
German Language Skills II     LG2002
France in the Fifth republic     LF2050
Politics & Society in Contemporary Germany    LG2026


French & Spanish:
French Language Skills II     LF2005
Spanish Language Skills I & II     LS2001
Contemporary Latin America     LS2017
French Society: Conflict and Consensus     LF2009


German & Spanish:
Spanish Language Skills I & II     LS2001
German Language Skills II     LG2002
Contemporary Latin America     LS2017
Politics & Society in Contemporary Germany    LG2026


French & Arabic:
French Language Skills II     LF2005
France in the Fifth republic     LF2050
French Society: Conflict and Consensus     LF2009
Arabic Intermediate I    LZ1003
Arabic Intermediate II    LZ1004


French & Chinese:
French Language Skills II     LF2005
France in the Fifth republic     LF2050
French Society: Conflict and Consensus     LF2009
Mandarin Intermediate I    LX2400
Mandarin Intermediate II     LX2401


French & Spanish (Ab Initio)

French Language Skills II     LF2005
France in the Fifth republic     LF2050
French Society: Conflict and Consensus     LF2009
Spanish Intermediate I     LS2400
Spanish Intermediate II     LS2401



Year 3 - Year Abroad
Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad


Final Year
Core modules:
Politics Research Dissertation     LP3004
International Relations Research Dissertation     LP3009

Choice of four of the following options (subject to availability):
Central and East European Politics     LP3008
Immigration & Citizenship in Western Europe     LP3011
The International Relations of East Asia     LP3015
Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe     LP3016
Political Communication     LP3018
The American Presidency     LP3019
Nationalism & Political Power     LP3020
Ethics and International Politics     LP3022
Political Parties and Party Systems     LP3024
Conflict and Politics in Contemporary Balkans     LP3025
Intellectuals and Politics     LP3026
Contemporary Conflict     LP3028
The Far Right in Europe     LP3030
Regions and Regionalism in Europe     LP3412
Contemporary Political Theory     LP3416
Political Leaders: Case Studies and Comparative Perspectives     LP3415

And modules to the value of 60 credits in one of the 9 pathways set out below:

French:
French Language Skills III     LF3002
Research Dissertation     LF3203
Choice of options totalling 20 credits:
La France d’Outre Mer     LF3404
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation     LF3006
Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster     LF3009
Contemporary French     LF3007


German:

German Language Skills III     LG3003
German Research Dissertation     LG3204
Choice of options totalling 20 credits:
German Popular Culture    LG3006
East Germany on Film     LG3015
German-Jewish Biographies     LG3013
Contemporary Culture in the Berlin Republic     LG3016


Spanish:
Spanish Language Skills I & II     LS3001
Spanish Research Dissertation     LS3004
Hispanic Film     LS3006
Major Hispanic Authors     LS3009


French & German:
French Language Skills III     LF3002
French Research Dissertation     LF3203
German Language Skills III     LG3003
German Research Dissertation     LG3204

French & Spanish:
French Language Skills III     LF3002
Spanish Language Skills I & II     LS3001
French Research Dissertation     LF3203
Spanish Research Dissertation     LS3004


German & Spanish:
German Language Skills III     LG3003
German Research Dissertation     LG3204
Spanish Language Skills I & II     LS3001
Spanish Research Dissertation     LS3004


French & Arabic:
French Language Skills III     LF3002
French Research Dissertation     LF3203
Arabic Advanced I     LZ1001
Arabic Advanced II      LZ1002


French & Chinese:
French Language Skills III     LF3002
French Research Dissertation     LF3203
Mandarin Advanced I    LX1001
Mandarin Advanced II    LX1002


French & Spanish (Ab Initio)

French Language Skills III     LF3002
French Research Dissertation     LF3203
Spanish Advanced I      LS1011
Spanish Advanced II       LS1012

Aston is 6th for Languages Graduate Level Destinations sixth months after Graduation - Guardian 2013

 

Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers who value their understanding of different cultures and societies, their communication skills and motivation for team work. Recent destinations for Language and Translation Studies graduates include:   

  • English Teacher, Business Language Skills
  • PR Graduate Scheme, LIDL
  • French Customer Service Co-ordinator, CRP
  • Bilingual Sales Coordinator, Narrow Aisle Ltd
  • Language Assistant, British Council
  • Translator/Analytical Support, B&Q
  • Immigration Assistant, Australian Embassy UK
  • Marketing Analyst, Deutsche Bank
  • Graduate Trainee Managers for British Airways, Aldi Stores, John Lewis and Selfridges
  • Journalist, Tatler Magazine
  • Account Manager Interpreting, Smoby (French Toy Company)
  • Senior AdministratorMichelin
  • Public Relations Officers for a number of companies
  • European Union/European Parliament Officers/Assistants
  • PGCE Secondary Teaching Qualification at universities including King’s College London, Warwick University and Exeter
  • Marketing Assistant at Beiersdorf  

 

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in the native language, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

For further information, see the International Politics and Languages programme specification.

Professor John Gaffney - Professor of Politics

John Gaffney

“I became interested in politics because, when I was younger, I realised everything was political in some way – whether you could afford to go to university, for example – or whether you could afford not to! I became particularly interested in how leaders persuaded us of what we should do about injustices in the world, and how to make things better. All my teaching and research are about leadership and persuasion and how the world works politically. One really fascinating thing to do is to compare different countries to see similarities and differences between their histories and political cultures. My favourite place (outside the UK!) is France, and I often appear on British and French TV and radio, and I blog, and write in letters to The Guardian and do opinion pieces for New Statesman, Cnn.opinion, huffington post etc to try and persuade people I am right!”

 

Campus accommodation guaranteed for First Year and Final Year students returning from year abroad.

 

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a French speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The year abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time International Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. Find out more about the year abroad.

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777
Emaillss_ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk


Student Profile

Student Profile

Eliot Taylor

BSc Politics and German

Finding somewhere where I could study German and Politics together was one of my main priorities when searching for a University but the course Aston offered has surpassed my initial criteria. Both of my disciplines are integrated into the same school of study, the School of Languages and Social Sciences, and the course is taught fully in German.

 

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