Module Identifier IP19810  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor Ken Booth  
Semester Semester 1  
Mutually Exclusive GW19810  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 20 x 1 hour Lectures  
  Group Work   Self Managed Group Work  
Assessment Exam   3 Hours 1 x 3 hour 'open book' examination   50%  
  Group project   1 x 5,000 word group reflective log   50%  

Brief description
This module seeks to focus on what you might already know (the `headlines') and then build upon it (by looking at what is `behind' the headlines). We will identify a series of major contemporary issues in global politics at different levels - from the state of the world to global politics - and seek to explain why the issues are important, what are the main dynamics driving them, and what are their implications. This will be done through a variety of different teaching methods: traditional lectures, the use of video material, roundtables and debates.

A number of other non-traditional approaches will be adopted, such as self-managed small groups, an open-book examination and the writing up of a group project. Among the headlines to be explored in this module - together with IP19910 - will be those associated with recent developments in humanitarian intervention, the global economy, developments in the United States and Russia, the state of war, the future of Europe, devolution in the UK, human rights protection, the international drug trade and so on. In addition to looking behind the headlines, the module will also introduce you to a set of study skills that will be essential for all modules in the department.

The module has two central aims. The first is to provide an introduction to the critical analysis of a wide selection of global political issues. The second is to introduce a set of study skills, and provide the opportunity for employing them in a range of different learning environments.

On the completion of this module you should be able to:

Incompatible modules - GW19810

Reading Lists
Micael Cox, Ken Booth and Tim Dunne, eds. The Interregnum: Controversies in World Politics 1989-1999. Cambridge University Press, 1999
Ken Booth. Statecraft and Security. The Cold War and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998
John Baylis and Steve Smith. The Globalization of World Politics. An Introduction to International Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997