|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
• to introduce International Relations as a discipline
• to examine the principal conceptual approaches to the study of global politics/international relations
• to locate these approaches in broad historical and philosophical contexts
• to analyse important issues in contemporary global politics
• to develop the analytical and critical skills of students
This module begins by exploring a selection of issues that define the agenda of contemporary international politics which may include: war; humanitarian intervention; terrorism; territory and borders; culture and identity; media; religion; inequality; and global poverty. Through the analysis of these issues the course aims to introduce students to the key concepts that define the agenda of international relations scholarship.
The course then outlines, through a critical genealogy, the various perspectives adopted by scholars with respect to these conceptual questions. This genealogy aims to put the diverse understandings of actors, structures and processes of perspectives such as realism, idealism, and constructivism into a broader historical and intellectual context. The course concludes by examining the manner in which the traditional agenda of international relations is being recast by a number of critical theories.
The syllabus of the course covers 3 areas
(1) A thematic analysis of the issue agenda of international politics highlighting – through discussion of contemporary issues - key concepts such as states, borders, colonialism, imperialism, war, terror, security, inequality, religion.
(2) A critical, historical introduction to the main theories of international politics including (but not limited to): realism, liberalism, constructivism.
(3) Study of contemporary critical theoretical interventions in the agenda of international relations scholarship which may include: postcolonialism, biopolitics, cultural studies.
To provide students with:
• an understanding of the major theoretical traditions in the study of international relations
• an ability to distinguish between the traditions and to explain issues in global politics from different perspectives
• the skills to organize their ideas and present them clearly
• an opportunity to enjoy an informed and critically aware interest in global political affairs
To provide students with:
• skills to critically evaluate and analyse concepts and arguments in international politics and its academic study
• the ability to explore and analyse issues and problems in global politics from a variety of theoretical perspectives
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||22||1:00||22:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||11||1:00||11:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||3||1:00||3:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||164:00||164:00||N/A|
• Lectures introduce and explain key ideas, present different theoretical perspectives, and prompt student response
• Seminars provide fora for students to present, develop and discuss ideas, and reinforce their knowledge and understanding
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Prof skill assessmnt||2||M||10||Seminar Participation|
• Unseen examinations provide a forum in which students must relate their knowledge and understanding without reference to their notes and academic texts
• essays enable students to discuss an issue or problem in global politics at some length and in the context of a variety of academic texts and other sources
• The assessment of seminar participation helps to encourage students to do the required reading throughout the semester, to improve the quality of the seminar discussion and to provide additional feedaback.
An alternative form of assessment will be set for exchange students from non-English speaking home institutions replacing the examination. The alternative form of assessment is set in accordance with the University Assessment tariff.
Note: The Module Catalogue now reflects module information relating to academic year 14/15. Please contact your School Office if you require module information for a previous academic year.
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