Identity,Place and Mobility Teaching

Interdisciplinary research and learning

The research theme of Identity, Place and Mobility highlights the value that Royal Holloway researchers place on connecting up individual disciplines in ways that integrate and synthesise knowledge, and this is reflected in both their research and teaching. Below are some of the courses and programmes that relate to the theme.

Undergraduate courses

International Relations (BA)

Course details

This innovative degree course draws from the immense diversity of our international relations team, whose expertise encompasses cutting-edge study of conflict and post-conflict reconstruction, new human security challenges, international political economy, global politics, the emergence of global governance institutions and new forms of communication and resistance. Their expertise spans many regions including the US, Europe, Africa, the Middle, Far East and South Asia. Our programme will give you the opportunity to engage critically in new challenges to governance, security, and established power relations that have followed from rapid developments linked to globalisation and the information age economy.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Further information on making your application through UCAS is available on the Applying section of our website.

History and International Relations (BA)

Course details

This joint degree course offers a unique combination of disciplines focusing on the interaction of social forces and their impact on society at national and international level. You will study some of the most compelling global issues of the day and be provided with the critical tools necessary to understand these. You will explore the complex processes of globalisation, the activities of new social movements, NGOs and other non-state actors in the domestic and international realms, international political economy and international institutions, and the role of new media and the internet in politics.

Part of the course covers the history of peoples and powers from Britain to China, from Plato to Mandela. You'll be able to study topics as diverse as English family life in the 17th century, international terrorism in the 20th century, and the empires of the Silk Road.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Further information on making your application through UCAS is available on the  Applying section of our website.

Geography, Politics and International Relations (BSc)

Course details

This joint degree course offers a unique combination of disciplines focusing on the interaction of social and physical forces and their impact on society at national and international level. Students study some of the most compelling global issues of the day and are provided with the critical tools necessary to understand these.

Commentators identify our world as shrinking through improved communications, flattening due to economic globalisation and becoming multi-polar with the emergence of new economic and political powers. There's never been a greater need for clear analysis and communication of the complex processes underlying these changes.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Further information on making your application through UCAS is available on the Applying section of our website.

Human Geography (BA)

Course details

This course provides an opportunity to explore the fascinating and diverse field of contemporary human geography at an advanced level, most notably in the areas of urban, cultural, economic and geopolitics.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Further information on making your application through UCAS is available on the Applying section of our website.

Comparative Literature and Culture (BA)

Course details

Comparative Literature and Culture provides a rare opportunity to study world literature as well as film and the visual arts from a broad cross-cultural perspective. In this innovative, prestigious degree you will be able to explore fiction, film and art from the 21st century to ancient Greece and from Latin America to Europe. You do not require knowledge of any language other than English.

The course is for globally aware students who are passionate about culture, and is specially designed to develop the kinds of critical, communication and leadership skills which are particularly valuable in meeting the challenges of today's workplace. Taught by leading specialists, and offering an exceptional range of core courses, options and assessment methods, Comparative Literature and Culture leads the way in opening up critical perspectives and breaking down geographic and conceptual barriers.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Further information on making your application through UCAS is available on the  Applying section of our website.

Postgraduate courses

Transnational Security Studies (MSc/PGDip)

Course details

Questions about security - what drives it and what undermines it - shape global politics. Terrorism, conflict, environmental catastrophe, weapons of mass destruction and weak states are all security issues that are reflected in our media, dominate policy-making in international politics, and increasingly impinge on our daily lives. 

This stream in Transnational Security Studies is an exciting new course that brings together many of the existing strengths of the Department of Politics and International Relations, including expertise in the areas of security studies, comparative politics, international law and conflict, political theory, and global politics. 

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online.

Cultural Geography (MA)

Course details

Cultural Geography is one of the most dynamic and significant sub-disciplines in contemporary geography, with significant influence on wider developments in the social sciences and humanities. Cultural Geography's key focus on the interconnections between place, landscape, environment and identity has profound relevance for the world of today.  The MA in Cultural Geography (Research) at Royal Holloway is a world-leading course in the field, drawing particularly upon the research of the department's outstanding Social and Cultural Geography Group.  

This course includes cutting-edge conceptual teaching in themes such as theories of place and space, postcolonial geographies, landscape, critical geopolitics, geographies of consumption, and the geographies of embodiment, practice and performance. This is combined with thorough research training, for which the course is formally recognised by the British research councils.

How to apply

Applications for entry to all our full-time postgraduate degrees can be made online.

MA Creative Writing: Place, Environment, Writing

Course details

The ground-breaking  MA  Creative Writing: Place, Environment, Writing at Royal Holloway is the latest development in an established and successful creative writing programme that has produced a string of successful poets and novelists.

The MA is notable for its broad focus on environmental and place-based writing in its broadest sense, including poetry, creative non-fiction and fiction and ranging from rural to urban environments. It is designed for all writers interested in developing a practice of place-based writing.

Creative place-based writing is experiencing a renaissance, whether this takes the form of the urban psychogeography of Ian Sinclair, the daydreaming wandering of WG Sebald or the nature poetry of Alice Oswald.

How to apply

Please visit Royal Holloway's  online application system for details about how to apply.

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04/12/2016