|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||1 x 2,500 word essay||40%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours (1 x 2 hour exam)||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hour Written Exam||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Critically assess central approaches to the study of International Relations
Critically apply different approaches to the analysis of topical issues in world politics
This module provides an introduction to past and present debates about the prospects for progress in international politics.
The second group of lectures is organised around the theme of morality and world politics. We will consider, amongst other things, ideas about the morality of war, human rights and humanitarian intervention.
A third group of lectures considers the significance of globalization for leading a decent life in different parts of the world. Questions regarding cultural differences in world politics and environmental issues will be considered in these lectures.
A final group of lectures considers recent ideas about cosmopolitan democracy and world citizenship in the context of debates about the future of world politics. The concluding themes include the question of whether it is meaningful to argue that there has been progress in world politics over the last few decades.
1. Introduction to the Module;
Why Study International Politics?
2. Cruelty and Compassion in World Politics
The Development of the British Discipline
3. Liberal Internationalism
5. The English School or International Society Approach
6 Special Lecture on Study Skills: Seminar Participation
Moral Issues in World Politics
7. Moral Issues in World Politics
8. War and Morality
9. Human Rights and Liberal International Society
10. Humanitarian Intervention and Liberal International Society
11. The Development of International Criminal Law
Rising Levels of Human Interconnectedness
12. The Concept of Globalization
13. Discussion Session
14. Global Justice and the International Economy
15. Globalization and the Environment
16. Globalization and Cultural Difference
The Future of World Politics
17. Civilization, Human Interconnectedness and the Future of World Politics
18. World Citizenship and Cosmopolitan Democracy
19. Progress and World Politics
20. Conclusions (The format of the examination will also be discussed in this lecture. There will also be a discussion of `exam technique?)
1. Have Western responses to the 'Arab Spring' provided evidence of increasing concern about suffering in other societies?
2. What does the study of International Politics contribute to understanding and/or changing the world?
3. Did realist criticisms of liberal internationalism demonstrate that there is little or no progress in world politics?
4. How helpful is the English School idea of `international society?? (Plus discussion of essay preparation).
5. 'Relations between states are about power and security, and not about morality and justice'. Discuss
This module aims to explain the contemporary applications of central traditions of international thought and continuing debates about the nature and possibility of the reform of world politics
Through lecture and seminars, students will acquire more specific skills in textual interpretation and conceptual understanding. Seminars will provide the opportunity to collaborate in small groups and to make presentations. The essay will develop skills in independent research, structured and balanced argument and clear expression. The examination will develop skills in forward planning and in developing the capacity to assess different perspectives and arguments within time constraints.
This module is at CQFW Level 4