Our MSc Global Politics
The MSc Global Politics at NCH London engages clearly with dominant issues of global politics. At programme level, it addresses more specifically the theme of global citizenship. The rationale, therefore, is to offer a programme that helps candidates from a variety of backgrounds (pathway undergraduate humanities, early career professionals with sufficient prior qualifications) to develop structured, exploratory, in-depth and applied knowledge of this vibrant field.
This master’s programme can be completed in one year (full-time), or stretched over two years (part-time). International students who require a visa are only eligible to study this programme on a one-year, full-time basis.
The framework of global citizenship within global politics explores two strands throughout the MSc Global Politics:
- The development of global democracy through a methodological course in “Global Politics I” and an applied course in “Global Politics II,” as well as through a course on “Global Security” (title tbc); and
- The notion of transnational justice through course offerings on the “European Union” (title tbc), “Nationalism” (title tbc) and “Universal Man: Global Politics and Human Nature in Western Political Thought, c. 1750-1850”.
To ensure that a level playing field is maintained in the structure of the MSc Global Politics, the core courses in “Global Politics I” and “Global Politics II” offer sustained training in research methods, framework models and concepts, commensurate with the requirement of such a programme.
This scientific approach is then developed in the other course offerings, in which students are encouraged to explore the conceptual framework of global citizenship in a number of important areas, such as security, European integration, nationalism, political thought.
The Dissertation allows for the students’ research work to reflect the applied aspect of the programme.
The MSc Global Politics will mostly be delivered through individual tutorials and seminars of no more than ten people.
In addition, we recommend that students of the MSc Global Politics audit two undergraduate courses:
- Old powers, New Powers, Colonialism, Imperialism & the Modern State; and
- International Organisations
Summative assessment of the MSc Global Politics will be chiefly by means of essays, which are spaced evenly throughout the academic year to avoid periods of student overload. Students will also be assessed on one longer research proposal and a dissertation of 15,000 words. Written assignments will be submitted through our VLE, Moodle, and Turnitin to minimise opportunities for plagiarism.
Although primarily written, this range of assessment styles is designed to maximise inclusion and to enhance students’ key transferable skills.
Students will also attempt formative essays during the course of the year, which will receive written tutor feedback.
Feedback will be appropriate, effective, constructive, clear, and timely, and delivered by means of grades and individual written feedback. Feedback will be linked to assessment criteria and the learning outcomes.
For most assignments, feedback will be delivered within four weeks (before the next assignment in that course is due, to allow students time to make improvements to subsequent assessments). Feedback to the research proposal will be delivered within five weeks; feedback on the 15,000-word dissertation will be delivered within six weeks of submission.
As the course progresses, we will consider developing a more varied assessment schedule, that learns from Swansea’s best practice in terms of assessment diversity, inclusive assessment, and authentic assessment. In particular, we will consider student feedback on assessments, through course evaluation in the form of course student questionnaires, and the Staff-Student Liaison Committee.
New College of the Humanities’ degrees have been designed and created by the College’s world-class professors and faculty. The courses reflect their areas of expertise and research interests, meaning that they are strongly engaged with the material that they will teach you, and there may be opportunities for students to participate in active research.
In the case of the MSc Global Politics degree programme, the curriculum has been overseen and developed by Dr Diana Bozhilova AKC, BA (Hons), PhD (KCL), Head of Faculty & Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations.
The New College of the Humanities MSc Global Politics degree programme is validated by Swansea University as being of an appropriate standard and quality and will lead to the Swansea University award of a Master of Science (MSc).
About the School
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