Module Identifier IP30120  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Timothy Dunne  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   12 Hours 12 x 1 hour  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours 10 x 1 hour  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   50%  
  Essay   1 x 3,000 word essay   50%  

Brief description
It is important for students of international politics to understand that theory is not external to us, rather, we live our lives within theories. We cannot begin to think intelligently about the social world without an understanding of contested issues and concepts such as human rights, trade, revolutions, nationalism, federalism, gender and genocide. To this extent, the subject matter of IPTT does three things: first, it builds on the Part One introductory modules in International Politics; second, develops a number of theoretical issues raised in other Part Two modules; third, seeks to bring an overall coherence to the academic study of international politics.

The subject matter of international political theory - who gets what, when, where and how on a global scale - is open to a number of contrasting interpretations. One of the overall aims of the course is to help students engage critically with these rival paradigms, and the way in which ideas shape the practices of global politics. This enables us to answer key questions like: How do we choose between competing theories? How do we evaluate the contribution of theory to practice? How useful is international political theory today?


10 ECTS Credits

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Mark V.Kauppi and Paul R Viotti (eds). International Relations Theory 3rd edn.
Scott Burchill & Andrew Linklater. Theories of International Relations.