Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Post-Western International Relations
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 3,500 word essay  60%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  40%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. identify the main contours of post-Western understanding of international politics.
2. acquire relevant theoretical knowledge of the various facets of post-Western critique.
3. understand the major foundations of Western self-understanding in the world.
4. identify the historical antecedents of assumed differences between the West and the Rest.
5. demonstrate knowledge of some leading unconventional non-Western approaches to international Relations.
6. develop an awareness of critical analysis for substantive work.


The module provides an additional optional module for the Postcolonial Politics Degree scheme 'basket' and will also be of interest to, and form part of the baskets of, the Critical International Politics, International Relations, and Global Politics degree schemes. It will be an optional module in the basket of the Politics Media and Performance Degree Scheme run in TFTS. It will be an optional module for students of other degree schemes in the department and the Institute, for example students of International Security Studies.


1. Introduction: Situating Post-Western International Relations
2. Cosmological Doctrines
3. Colonial Cartography
4. Teleology and the Idea of History
5. Knowledge/Power/History
6. The Great Divergence
7. Before Westphalia
8. Retrieving the Subject
9. Decolonial Futures
10. Lineaments of Post-Western International Relations

Brief description

The module contributes to the department's provision in the field of Postcolonial Politics. It focuses on the underlying structure of 'Western' IR and examines the limits of both mainstream and Critical IR. By interrogating the cultural constitution of International Relations, the module seeks to show how strategies to overcome the limits of the discipline often reproduces the hegemonic character of International Relations. The module introduces students to the meta-theoretical underpinnings of Western IR and the difficulty of incorporating alternative perspectives without unpacking the great divergence between assumed Western and non-Western approaches. Students taking this module will acquire a deeper understanding of post-Western perspectives that rely on both the admissibility and repudiation of extant understanding. The module complements IPM1330 (Postcolonial Politics) in providing students alternate registers to recognise the mutual constitution of the West/non-West in theory and history with sustained engagement with important texts in sociology, anthropology, and global history.

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. They will be required not only to acquire information and make academic judgements about it but also to communicate their analytical conclusions clearly and effectively. They will learn to consider only that which is relevant to the topic, focus and objectives of their argument or discussion. Some of the teaching sessions will involve small group discussions in which all students will be required to participate and communicate. Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format and 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 of assistance from both the academic staff and the fellow students alike. Students will be expected to improve their own learning and performance by undertaking their own research and to exercise their own initiative, including searching for sources and deciding (under guidance) the topic of their essays. The need to meet deadlines for assessed work will focus students' attention on the need to manage their time.
Information Technology Students will be expected to submit their work in word-processed format. Also, students will be encouraged to search for sources of information on the web, as well as seeking sources through electronic information sources (such as BIDS and OCLC).
Personal Development and Career planning The seminar discussions in particular will help to develop students' verbal and presentation skills. Learning about the process of planning an essay and a case study report, framing the parameters of the projects, honing and developing the projects and seeing through to completion will contribute towards their portfolio of transferable skills
Problem solving Independent project work and problem solving will be one of the central goals of the module; all the forms of assessment will require that the student develop problem-solving skills. The ability of students to solve problems will be developed and assessed by asking them to: examine issues from differing points of view; organize data and estimate an answer to problems; reason logically; construct theoretical models; consider similar cases; look for patterns; divide issues into smaller problems.
Research skills The assignments will require the students to develop their research skills in order to locate appropriate research resources and present the results in a coherent and analytical manner.
Subject Specific Skills Students have the opportunity to develop, practice and test a wide range of skills that are specific to the subjects that contribute to this module. These skills will help them to understand, conceptualise and evaluate examples and ideas about the internet and social media. Such subject specific skills include: Collect and understand a wide range of data relating to the topic Evaluate competing perspectives Demonstrate subject specific research techniques Apply a range of methodologies to complex problems
Team work Team-work skills are an essential component of this module. Students will frequently be required to work together during teaching sessions. Much of the core learning students will do will come through sharing and debating their ideas with their peers.


This module is at CQFW Level 7