Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
International Politics 1: Theories and Concepts (S)
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar performance  10%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word essay  Presentations are likely to take all day and all students on the module are expected to attend.  30%
Semester Assessment 1 x 3,500 word Extended Essay  60%
Supplementary Assessment Supplementary assessment essays  Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

By the end of the course we expect that students will have developed the skills necessary to do the following:

1. Critically engage with key questions and arguments in International Relations Theory;
2. Critically reflect upon the contribution of political, social and legal theory to the study of International Relations;
3. Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between International Relations Theory and debates in the philosophy of social science/history;
4. Identify and discuss the methodological, epistemological and political implications of a wide range of theoretical positions in International Relations.


The module provides an in depth specialization in International Relations Theory. In addition to providing a detailed understanding of rival perspectives and the concepts that distinguish them, it poses the question of whether it is possible to overcome the main disagreements between these perspectives. Students are expected to reflect on epistemological, political, and moral implications of studying contemporary world politics from various theoretical perspectives.

The module is taught by two hour seminars. During the course of the module, students are expected to take part in both large and small group discussions, present and defend their ideas within an academic setting, and participate in group projects. Those pursuing the Research Training (RT) stream will find that there is plenty of discussion in this module of methodological and epistemological issues that link to their wider research training programme. All students will find that discussion of these issues will be relevant to research towards the dissertation.

Transferable skills

Throughout the teaching and the assessment of the module the students will develop a range of transferable skills. The module will require the use of IT skills and general research skills in order to identify and search for appropriate data and sources. Students will also develop: critical thinking; rational argumentation strategies; logical thinking; writing skills; reading strategies; note-taking; report writing; presentational skills; and skills related to working in groups.

15 ECTS credits


This module is at CQFW Level 7