The BA Honours International Politics and Law degree is taught within Middlesex University’s School of Law where we deliver high-quality teaching and research, and provide a supportive learning environment, helping students to achieve excellent academic results. The programme provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the legal, economic, political and cultural implications of living in an increasingly inter-dependent world and provide them experiential opportunities through which they can link academic work with 'real world' situations in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. The programme is structured to ensure students will graduate with the relevant and up-to-date skills and abilities necessary to become effective professionals. The Programme seeks to develop students’ critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills, specialized knowledge of the foundations, application and interpretation of laws and complex global issues, and provides a variety of opportunities to network and learn from global leaders in law and politics.
This Programme is targeted toward students who want to be challenged to explore, research and analyse global issues relating to law and policy in international settings. This Programme provides students with both the theoretical background into law and international politics, exposure to ideas from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, and an opportunity to understand current international affairs ranging from globalization to global security to climate change. The overall objective is to prepare ‘students of the world’, people who think critically about global issues and problems and apply that knowledge in a practical manner. The course is designed for those planning a career in law, public service, journalism, international organisations and diplomacy (such as the United Nations or the European Union), non-governmental organisations (such as Dubai Cares or MSF), and International business.
Middlesex University Dubai is reputed in the region for its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the fields of Law, International Relations, International Politics and Social Sciences. Since the early days of the campus in Dubai, we have offered a range of undergraduate programmes in this discipline. Graduates from the social science of our undergraduate programmes have gone on to successful careers as well as been accepted to internationally leading post-graduate programmes in related fields.
*BA Honours International Politics and Law intake is only into Year 2 or Year 3 (entry for eligible candidates only). For more information, please contact our admissions team on email@example.com
The BA Honours International Politics and Law programme will be offered in full-time study mode and will run over 3 years normally. The programme will consist of four modules that students will complete each academic year, each worth 30 credits. Year-long modules will provide students with more time to assimilate the subject matter in each module. The First Year introduces students to the basic concepts of international politics (POI1001) and international development (POI1010) which is balanced with an introduction to law (LAW1101) and public law (LAW1107).
Year Two focuses on further developing student’s understanding of international political theory and the manifestation of these theories in current global affairs (POI2001) and the international legal basis of human rights (LAW2465). Students also select one option from a law list - Equality and the Law, Jurisprudence and the EU Internal Market – and one option from a politics list – Comparative Politics, Global Political Economy, Politics of Europe or Approaches to Research in Social Science. The latter module must be selected if students choose to take the politics based Dissertation in their final year (POI3330).
Year Three is focused on developing student’s critical understanding of Public International Law (LAW3181) and Geopolitics (POI3608). In addition students can choose one optional module from a list of law (See List C) modules and one from a list of politics and social science modules (See List D). All students are urged to complete either a Dissertation or Law Project, and also have the opportunity to complete a work placement during the third year.
On the BA Honours International Politics and Law programme a variety of learning, teaching and assessment strategies are employed in order to enhance the student experience and ensure that as wide a range as possible of appropriate skills and learning outcomes are met. Hence in our modules students will experience lectures, seminars, tutorials, group work, presentations, reviews, films, self-directed study with supervision and a variety of experiential learning opportunities such as work placements. Students will be assessed by a similar range of methods including essays, critical reviews, examinations, policy reports, presentation and a dissertation.
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to Development
Introduction to Law
Theories of International Relations
UK and European Human Rights Law
(from List A)
(from List B)
Global Geopolitics: Critical Perspectives and Issues
Public International Law
(from List C)
(from List D)
Option List A (Year Two)
POI2201 Comparative Politics
POI2354 Politics of Europe
POI2100 Global Political Economy
POI2111 Approaches to Research in Social Science (required option if taking POI3330 in final year)
Option List B (Year Two)
LAW2420 Equality and the Law
LAW2914 EU Internal Market Law
Option List C (Year Three)
Students choose one OPTIONAL module from the following list:
SOC3580 Migration and Citizenship
POI3015 Humanitarianism and Global Change
POI3330* Dissertation OR
LAW3330 Integrated Learning and Work Placement
Option List D (Year Three)
LAW3161 Child and Family Law
LAW3408 Employment Law
LAW3424 Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law in the UK
LAW3141 Medical Law
LAW3109 UK Company Law
LAW3565* Project OR
* LAW3565 Project and POI3330 Dissertation is a barred combination
Introduction to Politics (30 Credits) – Compulsory
The module aims to provide students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law of contract, focusing on This module introduces students to fundamental concepts and ideologies within Political Science and the distinctions which can be drawn between theoretical and empirical approaches to the subject. It provides a preparation for subsequent modules which build upon and reinforce levels of competency gained at this stage. It includes questions on the nature of politics, the relationship between the state and civil society, authority and legitimacy
Introduction to Development (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The module aims to introduce students to the processes that have shaped, and continue to shape, the contemporary First and Third Worlds and their interconnected nature. The module explores how the Third World was geographically and historically constructed through processes of colonialism and post-colonial 'development' policies, in particular economic policies designed to bring macro level growth, in order to better understand how these have shaped the contemporary development landscape in both its professional and popular imaginations. From 2000 - 2015 the development agenda has been dominated by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their achievement became a priority for governments and development agencies. Through critical examination of the MDG framework, particularly as it relates to inequality and rights, contemporary notions of 'development' will be critically analysed. As the post-2015 agenda becomes finalised, the module considers how this new ‘universal’ framework will impact on the legal, political and economic regimes of both the First and Third Worlds
Public Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
Module aims: To examine general principles relating to the UK Constitution and the organisation and powers of the State; To provide student awareness of the law and practice relating to the control of the Administration of the UK State; To consider the law relating to Human Rights and aspects of Civil Liberties in the UK.
Introduction to Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
This module aims to develop an understanding of the essential features of the constitutional and law-making framework of EC and UK law, including human rights. It introduces some key concepts, values and philosophical assumptions which underpin the English Legal System and concepts about the role of law in society. The module gives an opportunity for students to understand the mechanics of the case law system and the legislative process and to examine judicial reasoning in relation to both precedent and statutory interpretation. Covers acquisition of basic paper-based legal research skills and basic familiarity with electronic legal research resources
Theories of International Relations (30 Credits) - Compulsory
This module introduces students to the main theories, concepts and themes of International Relations. The rival theories of the discipline are initially explored and then applied to the understanding of key topics concerning the relations between states and also non-state global actors.
UK and European Human Rights Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The module aims to engage students in active investigation of the values, principles and detailed application of human rights law in the UK and Europe. It focuses on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and its incorporation into UK law by means of the Human Rights Act (HRA) 1998. The module will equip students critically to analyse legal principles and cases, as well as broader political and normative discourse about the role of human rights in a modern democracy, thereby broadening their horizons and helping to develop their own value systems.
Global Geopolitics: Critical Perspectives and Issues (30 Credits) - Compulsory
The module is designed to provide students with deep understanding of the traditions, concepts, and perspectives in the study of geopolitics. A more advanced, critical appreciation of international politics will be gained along with a more detailed understanding of key geopolitical issues and cases of the day. This module particularly encourages reflective, critical and analytical use of geopolitical theories and methods in appreciation of the key global and regional issues, world cultures, foreign policy and diplomatic state craft practices. Throughout the course, we make use of written and original texts, films and documentaries as well as visual material and maps. In doing so, students will be equipped with the skills to critically analyse the discourses and their role in the production and construction of the geopolitical spaces, drawn from the lecturers’ own research interests.
Public International Law (30 Credits) - Compulsory
This module aims to enable students to analyse, critically evaluate, and provide informed commentary on how international law impacts international relations and contemporary concerns such as globalisation, the use of armed force, terrorism, and the regulation of ownership over territory, including the law of the sea. The course is designed to maximise students’ career potential, providing them with an insight into the extent to which international law underpins international relations between States and non-state actors as well as the work of international organisations. It also aims at broadening students’ knowledge of law in an international and globalised context in a bid to build general confidence and broaden the horizons of students as they develop as professionals in the area of law and politics.
Comparative Politics (30 Credits) - Optional
Comparative Politics examines the different political systems of the developed and developing worlds. The module considers the patterns of political behaviour adopted by very different forms of government across the world. The first part of the module focuses on systems of government and the organisation of formal political processes. The second part of the module examines key concepts which help to explain political behaviour within the state in order to deeper basis for comparison.
Politics of Europe (30 Credits) - Optional
The module is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the concepts, perspectives and institutions of the EU and political developments across Europe. It also aims to facilitate an empirical and theoretical understanding of the political and institutional dynamics of regional integration and political transformation at work in a wider European context. This module also promotes promote a reflective and critical use of political theories and methods in studying the dynamics, models and processes of European integration and identity and will enable students to apply knowledge of European politics to the analysis of the most salient political issues of the day
Global Political Economy (30 Credits) - Optional
You will develop conceptual skills to explore, both historically and conceptually, the interplay of economics and politics at the global level at a level of abstraction suitable for the second year of your studies. The economic, political and cultural implications of living in an increasingly inter-dependent world are explored. You will examine and formulate judgments about the workings of the global economy and identify key issues of global governance, both theoretically and empirically, within an overall framework of global political economy
Approaches to Research in Social Science (30 Credits) - Optional
The module aims to help prepare students for the development of a proposal for their final year dissertation. It aims to develop students’ critical evaluation of the range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies available, and the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research. . Throughout the module students will apply the various components of research methods to their programme of study. The module aims to make clear the links between theory, method and data as well as defining what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation and critique of published research.
Equality and the Law (30 Credits) - Optional
This module aims to explore general issues relating to equality and discrimination in the first semester. In the second semester specific individual areas of inequalities will be examined. The module will look at these issues from a legal, ethical, social, political, historical and economic perspective. The course will offer an ideal preparation for third year courses such as employment law.
Jurisprudence (30 Credits) - Optional
This module aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to a range of legal theorists and jurisprudential schools of thought ranging from the work of the ancient Greeks through to postmodernism. Students will be provided with an overview of the central thinking of various philosophers and will examine both the historical and cultural context within which these theories were developed and their relevance to the legal issues of our own time. Throughout the module students will consider law’s relationship to questions of power, violence, ethics and justice.
EU Internal Market Law (30 Credits) - Optional
This module aims to provide students with a firm grounding in the rules and principles that govern the free movement of goods, services and persons (workers, self-employed and EU citizens), and to improve their research and presentation skills. It aims to enhance students' awareness of the ethical dimension of the EU Internal Market in which persons are not only regarded as factors of production, but as EU citizens with family ties and a cultural background.
Migration and Citizenship (30 Credits) - Optional
This module aims to provide a critical understanding of contemporary migratory processes, migrant communities and experiences and issues of citizenship. It also aims to provide an understanding of the sources and methods appropriate to the study of migration and migrant communities
Humanitarianism and Global Change (30 Credits) - Optional The module aims to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of the processes, policies and practice related to contemporary humanitarian crises, be they the outcome of conflict, war, famine, extreme climatic events natural or man-made disasters. Case studies will be used to explore the contemporary landscape of emergency and how this differs from the past. Ideas of responsibility, protection and justice will be central to the module as it seeks to highlight the complexity of humanitarian emergencies through consideration of their different origins and the different actors involved, and through this to problematise the notion of ‘humanitarianism’ and its continued relevance
Dissertation (30 Credits) - Compulsory (30 Credits) - Optional
This module aims to synthesise learning from the students' undergraduate programme providing an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest they wish to study further and will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study. The dissertation aims to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning through conducting an in-depth study and demonstrate their abilities to select and appropriately use a wide range of sources to analyse, challenge and critically evaluate the received views. It also intended to facilitate students to acquire and demonstrate the acquisition of a range of research skills being applied to the approved topic.
Child and Family Law (30 Credits) – Optional
This module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the principles of Child and Family Law in order to enable students to extend their ability to evaluate and analyse the development of both the legal and policy framework regulating child and adult relationships. The module will explore the tensions arising from the use of state intervention in to the sphere of the family with regard to issues of privacy, autonomy and welfare. Having taken this module students will have not only an appreciation of key areas of law and procedure affecting children and adults but also be sensitive to the complexities of the wider social issues raised.
Employment Law (30 Credits) – Optional
This module aims to provide a knowledge and understanding of employment law and deepens the student s appreciation of how legal principles encountered in other law modules can be applied to these areas; to encourage a critical appreciation of employment law and enable students to place the subject in the context of both their working and non-working lives. Having taken this module, students will have an appreciation of the role of law in regulating the employment relationship and stopping discrimination
Evidence (30 Credits) - Optional
This module aims to engage students in an active investigation of the rules, judicial discretion and social contexts underpinning the operation of the Law of Evidence. The module will enable them to subject the law of criminal and civil evidence and procedure to critical examination and will thus contribute to the shaping of their own value system. It builds on their knowledge of the principles of law and the legal system by placing it in the context of trial practice as well as social and economic change. A key purpose of the module is training in advanced level writing, argument and legal research.
Immigration, Nationality and Asylum Law in the UK (30 Credits) – Optional
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the legal structures and the regulation of immigration control, nationality law and asylum in the UK. The module will place legal controls in their historical, social and political context and will require students to demonstrate in-depth understanding of the inter-relationship of the various legal mechanisms.
Medical Law (30 Credits) - Optional
This Module aims to examine the relationship between medical law and ethics and the role of the law on defining the doctor/patient relationship. The module will explore consent to treatment, consent issues relating to incompetent adults as well as minors and medical treatment. Clinical negligence will be explored as well as selected issues relating to beginning of life such as abortion, surrogacy and end of life issues such as euthanasia and assisted suicide. The module will also introduce mental health law and the law regulating medical research. The module will give an opportunity for an in-depth study of a selected area of medical law.
UK Company Law (30 Credits) - Optional
The module will provide the student with a sound knowledge and understanding of the law governing companies and other business organisations in the United Kingdom. Comparisons are drawn between the laws underpinning the various business organisations/relationships and their different purposes are evaluated. A framework of basic principles of company law is provided, with some detail of how these principles are worked out in practice. The module will further aim to perfect legal reasoning and logic, legal synthesis, analysis and problem solving skills; to enhance research skills and the use of primary source material and to enable students to bring this together with previously learned legal principles.
Project (30 Credits) – Optional
This module aims to provide undergraduate law students with the skills necessary to undertake research into a specialised area of legal study selected by the student, building on the skills of legal research introduced in the first two years of the programme.
Integrated Learning and Work Placement (30 Credits) - Optional
The module aims to link academic learning to a placement organisation providing an opportunity to apply, consolidate and develop skills and knowledge from University to the placement and future employment. This practical experience module provides the means for students to link academic work with the 'real world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context. This module facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. It is envisaged the student will reflect upon areas of knowledge relevant to the placement learning experience and develop personal knowledge through a review of their learning. The placement learning experience provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills of self-expression, communication, self-reliance and co-operation. Students will also engage in risk assessment.
All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:
Minimum score required for Undergraduate : 72 (with at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading)
Additionally, students with the following qualifications may be considered as having met the English language requirements:
Students will be prepared to develop careers in public, private, and non-profit sectors.
The programme will provide students with the predatory knowledge and skills to pursue a variety of careers that include: civil/government service (social policy, economic development, etc), multi-national companies, law firms and in-house legal departments, consultancy (risk analysis, policy analysis, market research), media, diplomatic service and foreign affairs, policy and research organizations/think tanks, international organizations, and NGOs.