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European and International Studies (French) BA

UCAS code R100
Year of entry 2017
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Course Length
4 years full time
Department Politics and International Relations »
Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures »

 

European and International Studies explores the key areas of contemporary European history, politics, economics and international relations, and combines these with the in-depth study of French language, society and culture. Taught in partnership between the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, this course is informed by the outstanding research and international outlook of both departments.

The politics element of the course provides an introduction to the working of international relations and the growth of Europe as a political entity.  This includes research into areas such as the European Union and the European Parliament, security, international diplomacy, the use of military force, as well as European languages and cultures.

The prominence of France and the French-speaking countries when it comes to literature, art, thought and culture makes the study of the French language highly rewarding and engaging. As a modern linguist, you will not only learn to speak and write fluently, you will also develop excellent communication and research skills and combine language proficiency with cross-cultural perspectives.

As a part of Royal Holloway’s close-knit international community based in our beautiful historic campus, you will be within easy reach of London, France’s sixth biggest city’, with its wealth of French cultural resources. You will also have the exciting opportunity to spend a year working, teaching or studying in France or a French-speaking country, when you will immerse yourself in the language and culture and truly broaden your horizons.

  • Whether you are a beginner or advanced student when you start, by the time you graduate you will be fluent in French: confident in reading, understanding and analysing text and able to write with ease and accuracy.
  • Modern Languages research staff are engaged in research at the highest level internationally; we are in the top 10 of UK Modern Language departments for research quality and the top in London (Research Assessment Exercise 2014).
  • Ours is an active and engaged student community, and there are opportunities to take part in debating, Model United Nations and party political societies on campus
  • In Politics and International Relations we offer students research placement opportunities with our staff, gaining valuable experience of working at the forefront of political enquiry

Core modules

Year 1

For European Studies you will take:

Introduction to International Relations

This module offers a broad introduction to theory and history in international relations since 1870. You will look at a variety of different theoretical lenses, ranging from orthodox to critical perspectives, in order to understand events from the collapse of the Bismarckian European order and the origins of World War 1 to the contemporary War on Terror. Along the way you will also explore the origins and the end of the Cold War, decolonisation and the End of Empire, the rise of international institutions, humanitarian intervention and new security issues.

Introduction to Politics and Government

This module will introduce you to the academic study of politics and to the ‘real world’ of contemporary politics. You will be equipped with the essential tools to understand the nature of politics and analyse the way different political systems work. You will be introduced to key concepts such as politics, power, rights, ideologies, democracy and representation, and will learn about the different actors, institutions and processes that make up politics today.

French: Pratique du Français 1

This is your core French language module in which you will develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the French language. There are three hours of seminars per week. In written French, you will study four themes (including French Institutions and the French Revolution). In spoken French, you will discuss and present on a variety of audio-visual materials as well as texts. In the practice seminars, you will develop listening comprehension skills, oral skills and work on grammar.

French: Introduction to French Literature - Critical Skills

This module will introduce you to the basic formal, stylistic and rhetorical elements of French literature. You will undertake a detailed study of three literary texts (one work of prose, another of poetry, and a third dramatic work). On completing the module you will be able to recognise and discuss the impact of some of the devices commonly found in French literary writing. The module does not assume any prior familiarity with French literary texts, nor with the history of French literature and is open to students on the Beginners French pathway.

Year 2

For European Studies you will take:

Understanding the European Union - Politics and Theory

In this module you will analyse the contemporary politics of the European Union and its institutions, amid the challenges of the triple crisis of economics, migration and Brexit. You will learn about the political history of European integration after 1949 and the contemporary theory of European integration. The first term will begin with an introduction to the European Union as a political system followed by an overview of the European Union's historical development.  The second term will focus on contestation of the European Union and the theories that underpin this, in order to explain how the EU developed and the challenges that it faces. Topics will include Euroscepticism, party politics, public opinion, Brexit and EU-UK relations, and European Parliament elections. The theory sessions comprise of federalism, neo-functionalism, liberal intergovernmentalism and the new institutionalisms.

French: Pratique du Français 2

This is your core French language module in which you will continue to develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the French language. There are three hours of seminars per week (written work, oral, practice) plus fortnightly grammar lectures. In written French, the module builds on techniques you have acquired in first-year language modules. Themes studied help as preparation for your year abroad. In spoken French, you will study, discuss and present on four set films. In the practice seminars, you will continue to develop listening comprehension skills, oral skills and work on grammar.

Year 3

The third year of this degree programme will be spent abroad, either studying or working or both. It is usually expected that students will spend at least 9 months overseas, in countries where the native langauges match the languages the student is studying. Students studying two langauges will be expected to divide their time between two relevant countries, i.e. one for each langauge. The School of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures will support students in finding a suitable study or work placement, but students are also expected to explore opportunities independently and the ultimate responsibility for securing such a placement lies with the student. Alternatively students may choose to enrol for courses at a partner university in the relevant country. This year forms an integral part of the degree programme; students on placement will be asked to complete assessed work which will be credited towards their degree, while in the case of those studying at a university, marks obtained for courses taken will be credited towards their degree. The same applies to the assessment of spoken language on return to Royal Holloway from the period of residence abroad.

Year 4

For European Studies you will take:

European Union Public Policy

In thid module you will develop an understanding of regulation in the European Union, including delivery of policy and administration. You will look at how the world's largest market operatures, with a focus on EU public policy, including de-regulation, re-regulation, budgets and spending. You will examine the concept of the single market, the Euro and its crisis, justice, home affairs and counter-terrorism, the EU budget, agriculture, regional development, and social and environmental politicies.

European Union Foreign Policy

In this module you will develop an understanding of the European Union's foreign relations, focussing on political, security and economic impacts. You will examine its international role, looking at the Common Foreign and Security Policy, its relationship with NATO, the USA and Russia, its connection to immediate neighbours in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, and its role in global trade negotiations.

French: Pratique du Français 3

This is your core French language module in which you will continue to develop your skills in writing, speaking and comprehending the French language. There are three hours of seminars per week plus fortnightly grammar lectures. The three hours of seminars are divided in three sections: written work, oral, and practice. You will study of a variety of text types, and also have the chance to produce creative writing on a given subject, thus introducing students to a variety of styles in written French. In oral classes, you will study short passages of a demanding intellectual nature and extracts from films, radio and podcasts. In the practice seminars, you will develop listening comprehension skills, oral skills and work on grammar.

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Comparative Literature and Culture: The Birth of Film

Comparative Literature and Culture: Visual Arts 1 - An Introduction to Visual Media

Comparative Literature and Culture: The Visual Image in French Culture and Society

Comparative Literature and Culture: The Individual and Society - Key Works

Comparative Literature and Culture: German History and Culture - Past and Present

Comparative Literature and Culture: Introduction to German Studies

Comparative Literature and Culture: Culture and Identity in Latin America

Comparative Literature and Culture: Authors and Readers in Twentieth Century Spanish-American fiction

Comparative Literature and Culture: Comparative Hispanic Culture

Comparative Literature and Culture: The Heritage of Dante and the Renaissance

Comparative Literature and Culture: Building the Italian Nation - from Pinocchio to the Leopard

Comparative Literature and Culture: Facist Italy

Management: International Business

Management: Markets and Consumption

Management: Accounting

Management: Organisational Studies

History: Republic, Kings and People - European Political Thought from Plato to Rousseau

History: The Rich Tapestry of Life - Early Modern England, Europe and the Wider World, 1453 to 1789

History: Conflict and Identity in the Modern World from 1789 to the present

Geography: Physical Geography 1 - Atmosphere, Oceans and the Geosphere

Geography: Introduction to Human Geography

Geography: Physical Geography 2 - Biogeography, Ecology and Scales of Change

Geography: Geographies of Development

Politics and International Relations: Introduction to Politics and Government

French: Skills and Techniques for Translation

French: The Visual Image in French Culture and Society

French: Key French Texts - the Individual and Society

French: French History Through Film

French: Decoding France - Language, Culture and Identity

Year 2

Comparative Literature and Culture: International Film 2 - Readings and Representations

Comparative Literature and Culture: Visual Arts 2 - Genres and Movements

Comparative Literature and Culture: Gender and Clothing in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture

Comparative Literature and Culture: Writing Romance and Desire

Comparative Literature and Culture: Cinema in France - From Modernism to the Postmodern

Comparative Literature and Culture: Death, Desire, Decline, Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka

Comparative Literature and Culture: Love and Marriage in Major Novels by Theodor Fontane

Comparative Literature and Culture: Representations of Childhood and Youth in Modern German Culture

Comparative Literature and Culture: Philosophy and the Arts

Comparative Literature and Culture: Constructing Identity in Contemporary Spanish Film

Comparative Literature and Culture: Love in the Contemporary Spanish-American Novel

Comparative Literature and Culture: Dante's Divine Comedy - theme and Ideas

Comparative Literature and Culture: Postwar Italian Cinema

Comparative Literature and Culture: Renaissance Florence

Comparative Literature and Culture: Italian Crime Fiction

Comparative Literature and Culture: Boccaccio - Decameron

Management: Strategic Management

Management: Marketing Strategy in Context

Management: Managerial Accounting

Management: Human Resource Management

History: From Blood and Guts to the Worried Well - Medicine in Britain, 1750 to 1990

History: The Russian Empire in the Age of Reform and Revolution, 1856 to 1917

History: Spain in Conflict, 1930 to 1953

History: Nationalism, Democracy and Minorities, 1918 to 1945

History: Modern Political Ideas

History: Children of the Revolution? France from 1789 to the Great War

History: From Constantinople to Alexandria - Eastern Mediterranean Cities, 1798 to 1956

History: The European Cruciple, 1914 to 1945

History: Ninteenth Century Europe - Society and Culture, 1789 to 1905

History: Daily Life in Renaissance and Baroque Italian Cities - Social and Domestic Life

History: The Victorians - Brtitish History, 1837 to 1901

History: Spain, 1898 to 1939

History: History of the British Empire, 1763 to 1900

History: The Politics of Postwar Europe, 1945 to 2000

History: The Georgians - Societ, Culture and Crime, 1714 to 1830

History: Modern British History, 1914 to 1973

History: Spain - From Dictatorship to Democracy, 1939 to 1989

Geography: Environmental Systems - Processes and Sustainability

Geography: Geomorphology

Geography: Environmental Change

Geography: Biogeography

Geography: Political Geography

Geography: Cities, Economies and Ecologies

Geography: Cultural Geographies and the Modern World

Geography: Perspectives of Development

Politics and International Relations: International Relations Theory

Politics and International Relations: Introduction to Global Studies

Politics and International Relations: Democracy in Britain

Politics and International Relations: Contemporary Poltical Theory

Politics and International Relations: International Organisations

French: Approaches to Translation Work

French: Socio-Political Issues of Contemporary France in Fiction and Translation

French: Writing Romance and Desire

French: Culture and Ideology - France and La Francophonie

French: Cinema in France - From Modernism to the Postmodern

French: The Illustrated Text in France

Year 4

Comparative Literature and Culture: From Aestheticism to the Avant-Garde

Comparative Literature and Culture: Trends in Contemporary Theory

Comparative Literature and Culture: Transnational Cinema

Comparative Literature and Culture: Postcolonial Literatures

Comparative Literature and Culture: Arthurian Romance - Chretien de Troyes

Comparative Literature and Culture: Image, Identity and Consumer Culture

Comparative Literature and Culture: Text and Image in France - From Cubism to the Present

Comparative Literature and Culture: Ethics and Violence - Murder, Suicide and Genocide

Comparative Literature and Culture: Wanton Women - Artists and Writers

Comparative Literature and Culture: Blindness and Vision in French Culture

Comparative Literature and Culture: Doubles, Devils and Deadly Spiders

Comparative Literature and Culture: Narrative and Identity - The German Novel

Comparative Literature and Culture: Dream Factories - Recent German Film

Comparative Literature and Culture: Of Women, Knights, Weapons and Loves

Comparative Literature and Culture: Shooting History - Dictatorship, Terror and Crime

Comparative Literature and Culture: The Postmodern in Italian Literature

Comparative Literature and Culture: Dissertation

Management: International Financial Accounting

Management: Consumer Behaviour

Management: Emerging Markets

Management: Asia Pacific Multinationals

Management: European Business

Management: Accounting for Corporate Accountability

Management: Globalisation and Employment - The India and China Experience

Management: International Human Resource Management

Management: The Individual at Work

Management: Business in International Competitive Perspective

Management: Brands and Branding

Management: Global Marketing

Management: Strategic Management Accounting

Management: Strategic Finance

Management: Adveritisng and Communications

Management: Clusters, Small Business and International Competition

Management: Business Data Analytics

Management: Digital Innovation Management

Management: Enterprise Systems Management

Management: Project Management

Management: Small Business Management and Growth

Management: Entrepreneurship - Theory and History

Management: Corporate Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Management: Strategic Entrpreneurship

Management: Innovation, Strategy and the Corporation

Management: Ethical and Environmental Economics

Management: Accounting for Sustainability

Management: Corporate Governance

Management: Ethical Marketing

History: Froom Blood and Guts to the Worries Well - Medicine in Britain, 1750 to 1990

History: The Russian Empire in the Age of Reform and Revolution, 1856 to 1917

History: Spain in Conflict, 1930 to 1953

History: Nationalism, Democracy and Minorities, 1918 to 1945

History: Modern Poltical Ideas

History: Children of the Revolution? France from 1789 to the Great War

History: From Constantinople to Alexandria - Eastern Mediterranean Cities, 1798 to 1956

History: The European Crucible, 1914 to 1945

History: Nineteeth Century Europe - Society and Culture, 1789 to 1905

History: Daily Life in Renaissance and Baroque Italian Cities - Social and Domestic Life

History: The Victorians - British History, 1837 to 1901

History: Spain, 1898 to 1939

History: History of the British Empire, 1763 to 1900

History: The Politics of Postwar Europe, 1945 to 2000

History: The Georgians - Society, Culture and Crime, 1714 to 1830

History: Modern British History, 1914 to 1973

History: Spain - From Dictatorship to Democracy, 1939 to 1989

Geography: Rivers and Landscapes

Geography: Defending Coastal and Wetland Environments

Geography: Savannas

Geography: Global Warming

Geography: Regeneration and Urban Policy

Geography: Geographies of Commodities 

Geography: Geopolitics of Media and Communications

Geography: Exploration, Science and the Making of Geography

Geography: Creative Geographies

Geography: Critical GIS

Geography: Conservation Biogeography

Geography: Wetland Environments - Process and Policy

Geography: Glacial Environments

Geography: Digital Landscapes

Geography: Arid Africa

Geography: Images of Earth - Homer to Google

Geography: Geography of Museums and Collections

Geography: Geopolitics on Film

Geography: Geographies of Home

Geography: Mobilities

Geography: Fair Trade

Geography: Cities and Development

Politics and International Relations: Comparatice Democracy and Elections

Politics and International Relations: Comparative Foreign Policy

Politics and International Relations: Young People's Politics

Politics and International Relations:  Advanced Seminar in British Politics

Politics and International Relations: Defence in the Post-Cold War World

Politics and International Relations: Statecraft and Diplomacy

Politics and International Relations: Dissertation

French: Arthurian Romance - Chrétien De Troyes

French: Repression And Rebellion - The Father and the Father's Law

French: Image, Identity and Consumer Culture in Post-war Fiction and Film

French: Text and Image in France - from Cubism to the Present

French: Ethics and Violence - Murder, Suicide and Genocide in Literature and Film

French: Wanton Women - Artists and Writers of the French Avant-Garde

French: From Aestheticism to the Avant-Garde

French: Dissertation

The course has a modular structure, whereby students take 14 course units at the rate of four per year in the first, second and fourth years, plus two in the third year, which is spent abroad. Some course units are compulsory while others are elective thereby offering flexibility and choice.  

Most course units contain an element of assessed coursework, which contributes to the final examination mark awarded. The results of the first year examinations qualify students for entry to the second year but do not contribute to the final degree award. The second and fourth year results, alongside those of the third year spent abroad, contribute to the final degree result, with the fourth year work counting for a larger proportion of the result.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels

ABB-BBB 

 The offer given will take into consideration:

  • subjects taken at A level
  • the educational context in which academic achievements have been gained
  • whether the Extended Project Qualification is being taken
Required/preferred subjects

Required subjects: 

  • A level grade B in an essay based subject.
  • If French is taken at A level a grade B is required
  • at least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C, including Maths and English 
Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate 6,5,5 at Higher Level with a minimum of 32 points overall. If taking French at Higher Level a grade 5 is required 
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject 
BTEC National Extended Diploma Distinction, Distinction in a relevant subject plus A-Level grade B in an essay based subject. If taking French at A-Level a grade B is required 
BTEC National Extended Certificate Distinction plus A level grades B,B including an essay-based subject. If taking French at A-Level a grade B is required 
Welsh Baccalaureate Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
Scottish Advanced Highers AB at Advanced Higher. If taking French at Advanced Higher Level a grade B is required plus Higher Level requirements 
Scottish Highers AABBB plus Advanced Higher Level requirements 
Irish Leaving Certificate H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including H3 in an essay-based subject, if French is taken at Higher Level a grade H3 is required 
Access to Higher Education Diploma Pass with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit in a relevant subject area. Please note that the Access to Higher Education Diploma will only be acceptable if the applicant has had a considerable break from education 

Other UK qualifications

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore

  • For equivalencies please see here 

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

A global economy offers exciting opportunities to those wanting to pursue successful and rewarding careers. An ability to speak several languages and a keen analytical mind are among the most sought-after qualities in today’s highly competitive job market; European Studies equips students with both.

Our European Studies and International Relations course fosters a deeper cultural understanding of a foreign language which can be a great asset in industries such as export, trade and international marketing. In these fields, workers need to build and maintain solid relationships with foreign partners, so a cultural understanding can help workers anticipate foreign clients’ expectations. Many government jobs require language skills, particularly in the sectors of immigration and diplomacy.

This course produces high calibre graduates with the skills and knowledge to fully exploit every opportunity including those presented during the study year abroad. Studies show that students who have spent time abroad as part of their degree programme gain higher status and better paid jobs. As part of the study year abroad, those of our students who wish to pursue a career in teaching can apply to work as an English language assistant in a continental school. Alternatively, there is an opportunity to spend the year in employment on an approved work placement (former students have worked for companies such as IBM in Marseilles and Ferrari at Marinello, Italy) or apply to work as an intern for an MEP or in a European institution in the host country. This latter option is a popular choice for European Studies students who wish to gain work experience in politics.

Our outstanding record of success for work and further study puts Royal Holloway in the top 10 for graduate career prospects (Complete University Guide, 2015). It goes to show that our degree programmes not only promote academic achievement but also the means to hone the life-skills necessary to excel, post-graduation.  Our students have an excellent record of finding appropriate and interesting professions. In fact, six-months after graduation, 95% of our most recent graduates (Unistats 2015) are enhancing their skills with further study or forging careers in companies and institutions such as:

  • The European Commission
  • Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
  • Citi
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Bloomberg
  • Henry Jackson Society
  • Mazda Motor Europe
  • British Council
  • Oxfam Head Office
  • Merlin Entertainments Group
  • Ralph Lauren

Home and EU students tuition fee per year 2017/18*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year 2017/18**: £14,000

Other essential costs***: The cost of your year abroad will vary by country. Typical living costs to consider will be accommodation, food and household items, entertainment, travel, books and bills (including your mobile phone). You'll also need to budget for travel to and from your country of study. Additional costs compared to studying in the UK will also depend on personal choices and it is important to research the cost of living before the year commences.

How do I pay for it? Find out more.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year. This amount is subject to the UK Parliament approving a change to fee and loan regulations that has been proposed by the UK Government. In the future, should the proposed changes to fee and loan regulations allow it, Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for UK and EU nationals annually. If relevant UK legislation continues to permit it, Royal Holloway will maintain parity between the tuition fees charged to UK and EU students for the duration of their degree studies.

**Royal Holloway reserves the right to increase tuition fees for international fee paying students annually. Tuition fees are unlikely to rise more than 5 per cent each year. For further information on tuition fees please see Royal Holloway’s Terms & Conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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