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POL3102 : Peace in (Western) Political Philosophy and International Relations (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module shall

• Familiarise students with the idea and politics of peace in Western political philosophy and International Relations
• Enable students to critically explore present-day political thought and political practices
• Enable students to study historical and present-day texts and policy documents

Outline Of Syllabus

(1)       Imperial Peace: Cicero and the Roman Empire
(2)       Christian Peace Thinking: Aurelius Augustine
(3)       Peace and Natural Law: Marsilius of Padua and Hugo Grotius
(4)       Peace through Social Contract: Thomas Hobbes
(5)       Peace, Enlightenment, and the Idea of Europe: Jean Jacques Rousseau
(6)       Peace through ”Democratisation”: The Kantian-Wilsonian (Liberal) Legacy
(7)       Peace-building in the UN
(8)       Peace-building in the EU
(9)       Critical Peace Studies and “Post-liberal Peace”
(10)       Critical Peace Studies and the Question of Difference
(11)       Phenomenological Approaches to Peace
(12)       Feminist Approaches to Peace/Peace-building

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Introduction to each theme of the curriculum, including discussion of assessment and “essay writing”
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00In-depth study and discussion of the curriculum themes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lecture allows introducing students into the topic of each theme as noted in the curriculum; the seminars in small groups allow for in-depth study and discussion of theoretical/philosophical texts and policy documents. These two teaching methods are best to achieve the Learning Outcomes due to the philosophical and theoretical nature of the module.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502000 words
Essay1M502000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Essays are the best way of assessment when it comes to theoretical argumentation and analysis of policy documents; the request of two 2000 word essays goes back to previous students’ feedback on another module and is reasonable in order to have chances for improvement. The module leader will provide four essay questions to choose from for each essay. The questions will be in the module guide each year.

Resit: 1 x 2000 word essay

Reading Lists