Module Identifier IP19910  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Ken Booth  
Semester Semester 2  
Mutually Exclusive GW19910  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours (20 x 1 hour)  
  Group Work   Self managed  
Assessment Group project   2 x 2,500 word group reports   50%  
  Exam   3 Hours open book examination   50%  

Brief description

This module - an extension of IP 19810 - 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 two group reports. Among the headlines to be explored in this module - together with IP19810 - will be those associated with recent developments in the global economy, the future of Europe and Africa.


The central aim of the module is to provide an introduction to the critical analysis of a wide selection of global political issues. The module will also provide the opportunity for experiencing a range of different learning environments.


On the completion of this module you should be able to

Reading Lists

Michael Cox, Ken Booth and Tim Dunne. The Interregnum: Controversies in World Politics, 1989-1999. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999
Ken Booth. Statecraft and Secruity. 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