Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Questions of International Politics
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 10 x 3 Hour Seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word formative review essay  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,000 word review essay  30%
Semester Assessment 1 x 3,000 word essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,000 word formative review essay  20%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,000 word review essay  30%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 3,000 word essay  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Critically evaluate conceptual debates surrounding key questions of international politics
2. Analyze the impact on world politics of a range of factors such as economics, geopolitical organization, colonialism, identity, religion, environment
3. Discuss the impact of different disciplinary ways of thinking on questions of world politics
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the difficulty of resolving questions of world politics
5. Examine and evaluate a number of detailed case studies in international politics
6. Critically evaluate contending academic and policy responses to particular questions in global politics
7. Analyze questions of world politics as interconnected
8. Critically re-evaluate current conceptualizations of international politics

Brief description

The module examines questions about world politics framed in the context of specific case studies of particular places and people. It examines the detail of each case, and discusses what questions it raises; this is followed by an outline of the way in which such questions have been debated in the past and /or the types of political or policy responses that have been proposed. These responses and approaches are critically examined, and the relationship between the question at hand and other questions in international politics assessed. The central theme is the interconnectedness of questions of international politics and the multiple perspectives through which they may be approached. Political, cultural, historical, legal and geographical factors are treated alongside each other, and the module provides a wealth of practical detail together with fresh insights, perspectives and debates.


1. Introduction;
2. Thinking and ethics: the ticking bomb scenario;
3. Environment, climate change and carboniferous capitalism;
4. Identity, privilege and the US feminist movement;
5. Religion and politics: Islamic states and movements;
6. Authority and power: the revolutions of 1989;
7. Media representations of war;
8. Migration and the US-Mexico border;
9. Geopolitics and territory in Europe and beyond;
10. The nation-state: exile and unease;
11. Colonialism and contemporary slavery in the Ivory Coast;
12. Global economic organization;
13. Perspectives on inequality;
14. Poverty and microfinance in South Asia;
15. Early colonial encounters and contemporary interventions;
16. Violence and mass killing in wartime;
17 Strategy, security and network-centric warfare;
18. Humanitarian intervention in East Timor;
19. Dealing with conflict in Korea;
20. Change and complicity: the Iraq War.


This module is at CQFW Level 6