Global Studies

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Global Studies
University of Essex
University of Essex
Interdisciplinary Studies Centre (ISC)
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree
Area Studies
BA L903

Professional accreditation


Admission criteria

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.

Flexible offers
Eligible applicants that choose us as their firm choice by the relevant deadline will be able to take advantage of a flexible offer. This offer will specify alternative entry requirements than those published here so, if your final grades aren’t what you had hoped for, you could still secure a place with us. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes


External examiners

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 26 October 2020 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2020/21

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  HR100-4-FY  The Making of the Modern World since 1750  Compulsory  30 
02  GV103-4-AU  Introduction to International Relations  Compulsory  15 
03    International Option(s)  Optional  15 
04    Language Option(s) or International Option(s)  Optional  30 
05  CS101-4-FY  Modern Revolutions in Science, Politics, and Culture  Compulsory  30 
06  CS711-4-FY  Skills for University Studies  Compulsory 

Year 3 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  CS315-6-AU  Global Challenges in Interdisciplinary Perspective: Water Conflicts, Water Cultures  Compulsory  15 
02    International Option(s)  Optional  30 
03    International Option(s)  Optional  30 
04    International Option(s)  Optional  30 
05    International Option(s)  Optional  15 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

This course aims:

1. To provide students with a distinctive skill-set required to understand and analyse contemporary developments and policy challenges from an international perspective.
2. To provide students with opportunities to broaden their cultural horizons by taking up the challenge of studying new disciplines such as Art History, Philosophy, Literature, History, Sociology, Languages, Film Studies.
3. To provide students with opportunities to experience and acquire a number of different critical approaches through a balanced mix of teaching, reading and research in a range of academic disciplines from an interdisciplinary perspective.
4. To develop students’ analytical, critical, research and problem-solving skills.
5. To provide students with the necessary skills to undertake further study and/or pursue vocational training in employment.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: Students will be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the social, political and economic processes that have shaped the world.

A2: Students will be able to demonstrate through a variety of means, a knowledge and understanding of the different styles of enquiry in a range of Humanities and Social Science disciplines

Learning methods

A1 and A2 are acquired through core module lectures and classes in years 0, 1, 2 and the final year.

Assessment methods

These skills as assessed in continuous coursework plus oral and written exams in all years.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Students will use their discipline-based training to think critically and analytically in relation to a number of different academic disciplines

B2: Students will be capable of appropriately applying a wide range of relevant primary and secondary sources.

B3: Students will be able to identify, analyse and solve problems, using appropriate techniques of writing, methodologies and theories.

B4: Students will be able to demonstrate and exercise independence of mind and thought.

Learning methods

B1-B4 are acquired in classes and seminars, in group discussion and through the submission of coursework in all years. Students are expected to do independent research to consolidate classwork. B1 and B3 are also acquired through lectures and feedback on course work. Students are encouraged to compare the approaches of different disciplines and to think across disciplines.

Assessment methods

All intellectual/cognitive skills are assessed in continuous course work in all years and through end of year examinations.

C: Practical skills

C1: Students will be able to communicate ideas clearly and coherently in a range of disciplines in both written and oral form

C2: Students will be able to present written materials using appropriate language and referencing

C3: Students will be able to work independently, write and think under pressure, meet deadlines, manage their own time and workload and demonstrate initiative.

Learning methods

All practical skills are acquired through classes, the submission of course work and preparation for examinations in all years of study.

Assessment methods

Assessment of practical skills is through the submission of essays and assignments, and written examinations.

D: Key skills

D1: Students will be able to present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and creative manner

D2: Students will be able to use the relevant information technology to research and present written work

D3: Not applicable

D4: Students will be able to identify problems and apply relevant research methodologies and techniques of writing to resolve them.

D5: Students will develop skills in collaborative learning and research - and gain experience in group presentations of research results.

D6: Students will be able to reflect on their own learning, to seek and make use of feedback on their own performance, to recognise when further knowledge is required and to undertake the necessary research.

Learning methods

Key skills are acquired through participatory classwork in all years of study, through the presentation of continuous coursework and preparation for examinations. Students are encouraged to engage in discussion, to listen effectively and to participate in group work to the benefit of the group as a whole. On many courses oral presentation skills are assessed.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through the submission of coursework and through written examinations. Some modules assess D1 and D5 through assessed oral participation or presentations.


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