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Module

POL2078 : Critical International Politics

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

Aims

The module is motivated by the critical ethos that “theory is always for someone and some purpose”. The overall goal of the module is to introduce students to the cutting edge of research in the discipline of international politics in a way that compliments and expands on what is covered in other modules in the department. This is done by first exploring the interplay between theory and practice in contemporary global politics with particular focus on the diverse ways we can interrogate international politics. Secondly, the module will go beyond orthodox approaches to international politics by expanding what ‘counts’ as international politics. In practice the module is designed around a number of different issues and problems in international politics. Theoretically, the module will introduce students to a diverse range of approaches to international politics including poststructuralism, postcolonialism, decolonialism, feminism, queer theory, and new materialism.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics covered may include the following:
Race and racism in international politics, mobility and refugees, technology and warfare, how we can ‘sense’ international politics, emotions and the politics of the everyday, visual politics, the Anthropocene and climate change, the politics of sexuality, fictional international politics, the political significance of ‘things, objects and stuff’, decolonial approaches to international politics and non-Western theorising about international politics.

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