Module Information

Module Identifier
IP12520
Module Title
Exploring the International 2: Global Challenges
Academic Year
2018/2019
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 1 Hour Seminars
Workshop 3 x 1 Hour Workshops
Lecture 18 x 1 Hour Lectures
Viewing 2 x 3 Hour Viewings
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 1,200 word essay  40%
Semester Assessment Seminar Performance  10%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 hours pre seen exam)  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 1,200 word essay  40%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 500 word review in lieu of seminar performance  10%
Supplementary Exam (1 x 2 hours pre seen exam)  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Display knowledge of major concepts, themes and questions relevant to the study of international politics.
2. Demonstrate an ability to use key concepts and refine and/or critique them.
3. Demonstrate an ability to present a broad sense of the discipline and its futures.
4. Demonstrate an ability to write an appropriately referenced essay
5. Demonstrate an ability to respond well to the demands of the examination.

Brief description

This module builds on the material introduced as part of Exploring the International 1 during the first semester. It aims to further deepen the student's grasp of central concepts and themes in the study of international politics with the particular goal of questioning and challenging some of the more traditional and mainstream approaches to the discipline explored in the first module. There will be a particular emphasis on non-Western approaches to International Politics and the challenges of global development.

Content

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops and seminars. Key topics covered during the module will include:
• Globalisation and neoliberalism
• Inequality
• Power
• Race
• Religion
• Climate change
• Nationalism
• Global health
• International terrorism
• Nuclear proliferation
• Emerging powers

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number N/A
Communication Students will learn how to present their ideas both verbally and in writing and how to how to present their arguments most effectively. They will learn the importance of information and clear communication and how to exploit these. They will know how to use the many sources of information available and how to use the most appropriate form of communication to best advantage. They will learn to be clear in their writing and speaking and to be direct about aims and objectives. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. The presentation of work should reflect effective expression of ideas and good use of language skills in order to ensure clarity, coherence and effective communication
Improving own Learning and Performance The module aims to promote self-management but within a context in which support and assistance is available from both the convenor and fellow students alike. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and exercising their own initiative, including searching for sources and deciding (under guidance) the direction of their coursework and presentation topics. The need to meet coursework deadlines will focus students’ attention on the need to manage their time.
Information Technology Students will be expected to submit their work electronically through the Blackboard VLE. Also, students will be encouraged to search for sources of information on the web. Students will also be expected to make use of the resources that will be available on the Blackboard VLE.
Personal Development and Career planning This module is designed to hone and test skills of use to students in their working lives, particularly in speaking to small groups, listening, thinking and responding to the statement of others. Moreover, the written work includes writing clearly and concisely, which is a common task in the workplace. Students will be encouraged throughout to reflect on their performance and to consider lessons for future application
Problem solving Independent project work and problem solving will be one central goal of the module; the submission of an essay and preparation for seminar discussions will require that students develop independent research skills as well as problem solving skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: adopt differing points of view; organize data and estimate an answer to the problem; consider extreme cases; reason logically; construct theoretical models; consider similar cases; look for patterns; divide issues into smaller problems.
Research skills Students will be required to undertake independent research for all elements of the assessed work. This will involve utilizing media and web sources, as well as more conventional academic texts. Students will in part be assessed on their ability to gather appropriate and interesting resources materials.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of subject specific skills that help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas on the module. These subject specific skills include: Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the module; Evaluate competing perspectives; Demonstrate subject specific research techniques; Apply a range of methodologies to complex historical and contemporary political problems.
Team work Students will undertake team exercises in the seminars and as part of the Roundtables. Use of Blackboard facilities such as message boards and forums will be encouraged.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 4