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Politics and International Relations

Subject Benchmark Statement

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies.

Below you will find the full Subject Benchmark Statement for Politics and International Relations. Alongside it, we have also published a summary designed to provide a short and accessible overview of the main Statement for students, employers and academics.

Subject Benchmark Statement: Politics and International Relations

Publication date: 08 Mar 2023

Subject Benchmark Statement: Politics and International Relations - the basics

Publication date: 08 Mar 2023

About this subject


Politics and international relations explores issues of power, governance, participation, decision-making, conflict, and cooperation across the globe. The study of Politics and International Relations is broad in scope, encompassing the examination of relations between human beings and their socio-political and ecological environments at local, national and global levels. These studies are characterised by changing political practices, processes and challenges.

Students graduating in Politics and International Relations develop knowledge and high-level skills that equip them for success in their careers, as active citizens, and as people able to lead change that promotes political, social and economic well-being.

Professor John Craig – Chair of the Advisory Group
PVC Education, Kingston University London

Politics and International Relations are dynamic disciplines that engage with a fast changing world. The updated Subject Benchmark encapsulates the latest thinking in our subjects on curriculum, teaching, learning, and assessment, and while no single document can capture the entre breadth and diversity of our evolving discipline, we hope this Benchmark provides a valuable point of reference and reflection for colleagues.

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