|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||13 Hours. (13 x 1 hour twice a week)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||10 Hours. (10 x 1 hour)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 3,000 word essay||50%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Exam (1 x 2 hour)||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 3,000 word essay in lieu of exam, if exam element failed||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||1 x 3,000 word essay, if essay element failed||50%|
On completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Display a critical awareness of the key debates in IR theory.
2. Show a general understanding of the historiography of IR.
3. Critically reflect upon key theories and concepts in the context of contemporary international relations.
4. Demonstrate a general knowledge of leading authors and their main works.
5. Demonstrate an awareness of IR theory and debates in the philosophy of social science.
6. Identify a wide range of theoretical positions and the differences that distinguish them.
7. Articulate in seminars the key elements of different theories when considered in the context of contemporary world events.
The principal purpose of this module is to explore the grand theoretical tradition of 'International Relations' and its critics. There is little agreement on what theory is to address or how it is to be addressed. Still, the many different theoretical traditions which are a part of the academic study of international relations impart a rich understanding of an equally diverse array of global issues. Indeed, questions of gender inequality and human emancipation are as much a part of international relations theory as questions of sovereignty and war.
The aim of this module is twofold. First, it introduces students to these theoretical traditions. Particular attention will be paid to the assumptions, claims, and modes of reasoning that distinguish these traditions of thought. Second, the insights afforded by these traditions will be considered in several contemporary contexts. Overall, then, the module provides students an opportunity to engage in these debates and to explore the controversies to which they give rise
10 ECTS credits
2. Political Realism
4. The English School
5. Structural Realism
6. Post second world war liberalism in IR
8. Normative Approaches to global issues
9. Marxist Approaches
10. Gender Approaches
11. Poststructural Approaches
12. Postcolonial Approaches
13. Classical and contemporary IR theory
Reading ListEssential Reading
(2007.) International relations theories :discipline and diversity /edited by Tim Dunne, Milja Kurki, and Steve Smith. Oxford University Press Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6