Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Agreement-Making in International Politics
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Study of Agreement-Making  Case study of agreement-making. 4000 Words  60%
Semester Assessment Research proposal  Research proposal 2000 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Research proposal  In this assessment you will identify the issue area, site and research question/puzzle that you will address in your study of agreement-making. The proposal will address the what and the why: what the site of study is and why it is significant to international politics. Your proposal will include a review of current studies of or relating to this site and identify how your study will contribute to existing knowledge. 2000 Words  40%
Supplementary Assessment Study of Agreement-Making  In this assessment you will provide a study of your chosen issue area and site of agreement-making. Building on and implementing your research proposal, this study will identify an appropriate and theoretically informed methodology for conducting research at this site, which may include primary forms of data collection such as interviews and observation. The empirical study of this site will identify how it contributes to and advances knowledge of the different actors, processes and order-making that are constitutive of global action in your chosen issue area. 4000 Words  60%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate a theoretically informed understanding of the relationship between knowledge, action and the global political order of relations

Be able to critically analyse and evaluate different actors engagement in international politics and capacity to influence change.

To be able to develop a research proposal that identifies what the problem or puzzle to be studied is, why it is important, how it has been tackled in existing studies and how the project builds on this.

To be able to identify an appropriate site and appropriate methods for studying a chosen aspect of agreement-making.

Conduct critical research into and at a chosen site of agreement-making.

To read, review and critically evaluate present scholarship and its contribution to understanding of climate politics

To communicate and present the development of a research project and its findings.

Brief description

This module explores the actors, sites, processes and order-making constitutive of agreement-making in international politics, as can be observed and studied at the international, national and local level. The module analytical framework is built from the significance of order in and to international politics and as studied through collective action to address and govern global issues like climate change, health, nuclear non-proliferation and trade relations. We examine these issue areas as central sites of international order-making. While many actors have a stake in the global response to these issues, the potential to shape how they are known and governed is not equally distributed and the capacity to influence reflects the broader distribution of economic and cultural resources. Starting from this conceptual basis, each student will identify an issue area and site of collective action and explore appropriate theoretical and methodological approaches to interrogate and illuminate relations of global agreement-making.


Part I: Why social order matters in international politics

Part II: Knowledge and order

Part III: Sites of agreement-making: the case of climate change

Part IV: Other sites and cases of agreement-making: Health, Nuclear, Trade

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Critical and analytical thinking Through your reviewing of current literature and development and application of your own methodological approach for the study of agreement-making in international politics you will develop critical and analytical skills and the ability to apply this to your own concerns and research interests.
Professional communication Through oral and written presentation you will learn to communicate the complexities of climate politics and its study in a clear and accessible way to both the specialist and to a non-specialist audience.
Reflection The ability to review and reflect on the contribution literature makes both to the field of study and your own understanding and study of the topic.


This module is at CQFW Level 7