Politics and International Relations BA Hons

Studying Politics and International Relations at LUG will provide you with a strong understanding of the political relations between nation-states, international institutions and organisations, and transnational non-state actors that shape the world as we know it.  The course covers a broad range of subject-areas and is contextualised to studying politics on the African continent. The knowledge and skills acquired during your studies and the international recognition of the degree will provide you with the tools and opportunities to develop your professional career on the international stage.

Entry Requirements

 
WASSCE: A one year Foundation Programme is required
 
‘A’ levels; CCC or above (Direct entry into undergraduate level) 
 
IB students; 27 points (Direct entry into undergraduate level)
 
IB French system: Overall mark of 9 in the total average score (All students outside France need a 6.5 IELTS score)
 
IELTS: 6.5 or above (minimum of 5.5 per each component)
 
Pearson: 65 or above (minimum of 51 points per component)
 

Course Overview 

 
This degree will give you a strong theoretical and practical understanding of politics and international relations, covering topics such as human rights, development, religion and violence. The course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to analyse power relations between nation-states, international organisations and institutions, and transnational non-state actors. The modules cover Africa, China, the EU, the Middle-East and the USA, as well as general themes in the field of International Relations – such as security and conflict, development and advocacy, globalisation and regional integration.  
 
The lectures and seminars allow for active student participation in activities such as debating and role playing, aiming at developing practical analytical skills for future professional development.  You will come out of this course of study well equipped to work in areas where a knowledge of political and international affairs is essential.
 
At LUG, we provide our students with opportunities for external visits.  Previously, students have visited international organisations such as the United Nations International Office for Migration (IOM) where they had the opportunity to listen to presentations by professionals and understand in-depth the inner workings of this type of organisation. Visits to governmental institutions, non-governmental and advocacy organisations and foreign diplomatic bodies are included in the programme.
 
The club affiliated with this course is the Politics and Debate Society (POLSOC).  This club is modelled on the UN system and aims at providing a platform for students to practice politics and debating skills in an entertaining fashion. As a member of this club, you will be able to take part in workshops, conferences, interuniversity and internal debates, organised documentary screening and much much more!
 
"Studying Politics at LUG provides students with an excellent contextual and critical knowledge on the increasing importance of Africa in Global politics" Alice Judell, Politics Lecturer
 

Modules

Year 1 Year 2
  • Politics and Governance in the Contemporary          World
  • Modern Political Thought
  • Ethics, Philosophy and Religion
  • International Relations and Security
  • Understanding Psychology
  • Politics of Development
  • Principles of Economics
  • Foreign Policy of Contending Powers
 
Year 3               
  • Reading Political Theory
  • US Foreign Policy since 1945
  • Contemporary Issues in Human Rights            
  • Africa and Global Politics
  • Global Political Economy and the World Today
  • Religion and Violence
  • The Politics of Global Danger
  • Dissertation Module
 

Assessment

 
  • - Coursework and Exam
  • - Form of assessment - essays, presentations, etc
  • - Exam periods: May and resits in August
     

Placement Opportunities:

 
We are engaged with various key actors of the international stage present in Ghana and the region. Students will have internship opportunities with international organisations, non-governmental organisations, think tanks and foreign development agencies.