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Module

POL1032 : Key Concepts in International Politics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Philpott
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

• to introduce international relations as a discipline
• to examine the principal concepts in the study of international politics/international relations
• to locate these concepts in broad historical and philosophical contexts
• to analyse important issues in contemporary international politics
• to develop the analytical and critical skills of students

This module examines key concepts in the study of international politics. It explores a selection of issues that define the agenda of contemporary international politics including but not limited to: war; the state; power; 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 concepts that define the agenda of international relations scholarship. The course then outlines the various perspectives adopted by scholars with respect to these conceptual questions. It aims to put the diverse understandings of actors, structures and processes into a broader historical and intellectual context.

Outline Of Syllabus

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, gender, inequality, identity politics, religion.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable