The International Relations and Democratic Politics MA at University of Westminster provides an advanced critical and comprehensive understanding of the forces shaping inter-state relations and global politics. Drawing on key theoretical interpretations of democratic politics, the course examines various principles of democratic thinking (ranging from pluralism and civil society to egalitarianism and human rights), and explores the interplay between theory and practice in old and new democracies and in processes of global governance.
You'll consider various aspects of international order and politics, including the dynamics of international social and political power relationships and conflicts, and state building. These topics are studied comparatively in relation to governmental, political and social processes, and in the contexts of various historical continuities, discontinuities and contrasts.
Is democracy a concept limited to a world of territorially bounded national communities? Can democracy still limit power in a global world? How does democratic policy-making operate in the face of complexity? By raising and examining such questions, the course explores the changing and contested understandings of democracy in contemporary thought, as well as its application to the international sphere in our increasingly complex world.
Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:
- European Parliament’s Office for Promotion of Parliamentary Democracy
- The International Institute for Strategic Studies in London
- The Strategic Foresight Group
- UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
This course will prepare you for roles in a variety of areas, including:
- Human rights advocate
- International diplomat
- Policy analyst
- Various roles in the Civil Service
The dissertation constitutes a third of the overall marks for this course, and you're encouraged to choose a topic that is of particular interest to you. You'll be assigned a supervisor who is an expert in this area, and they will work with you to structure and refine your work.
Each semester, we invite guest speakers to talk about employability.
Speakers who have previously spoken to our students include representatives from the following organisations:
- Food and Rural Affairs' Protection Approaches
- Refugees Rights Europe
- The European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
- UK Department of Environment