POL2078 : Critical International Politics
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Mr Ben Coulson
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
The module aims to critically explore the interplay between theory and practice in contemporary global politics with particular focus on the concept of “the international”. It will analyse the social, political, economic and discursive contexts that give rise to and shape dominant understandings of key global security issues. It will then relate these contexts back to the critical theoretical traditions of the discipline of international relations.
Outline Of Syllabus
Topics covered may include the following:
The “Myths” of the International
Theory and Practice in Global Politics
Intersections of Race, Gender, Sexuality and Class
Discourses and Practices of Security and Militarism
International Political Economy
Global Migration Private Military and Security Companies
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||11||2:00||22:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||1||4:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||162:00||162:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
The lectures introduce students to the key social, political, economic, and ideational contexts of international politics. In addition they serve to outline and illustrate the principle concepts and theories available to understanding these contexts.
The seminars will provide an environment in which these empirical, conceptual, and theoretical issues can be further explored and critically evaluated by students.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Research proposal||2||M||20||700 word research proposal with annotated bibliography|
|Research paper||2||M||60||2500 word research essay|
|Reflective log||2||M||20||Critical reflection diary - 1050 words in total|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The research proposal and research essay will provide a scaffolding learning practice. Through the two assessments students will engage in a variety of theoretical perspectives of international relations and demonstrate the relationship between theory and practice.
Components of the proposal include a rationale for the security issue chosen, a description of which two theoretical perspectives they want to explore and why and a small working bibliography. in the research essay students will build upon their proposals by evaluating how the political issue is understood differently depending upon which perspectives they draw upon. They will be asked to evaluate each theoretical perspective, how they compare and what are the strengths and limitations.
The assessments will assess the student’s ability to place and synthesize the material gained from lectures and seminars in appropriate contexts and their ability to critically and succinctly evaluate the ideas, concepts and theories introduced in lectures and explored in seminars. In addition the essay will also assess the capacity and initiative of students to undertake independent study of published and electronic materials.