Module Identifier IP32320  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Professor Howard L Williams  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   11 Hours (11 x 1 hour)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   11 Hours (11 x 1 hour)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment Essay: 1 x 2,000 words  30%
Supplementary Exam Students may, subject to Faculty approval, have the opportunity to resit this module, normally during the supplementary examination period. For further clarification please contact the Teaching Programme Administrator in the Department of International Politics. 

Learning outcomes

The objectives of this module are to teach students to evaluate classical writers in political theory and to deliberate for themselves on the issues raised by these writers.

Brief description

This module looks at the work of earlier political thinkers on international relations from the standpoint of contemporary international problems. The theorists discussed will vary from year to year but may include Hobbes, Grotius, Kant, Marx, Clausewitz, Gramsci and Lenin. Emphasis will be placed on Kant's Perpetual Peace, Hobbes's Leviathan and Lenin's theory of imperialism.


The aims of this module are:


1. The nature of political theory
2. Debating the Leviathan
3. Sovereignty
4. Kant's philosophy
5. Cosmopolitanism
6. Imperialism

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
H Williams (1991) International Relative in Political Theory Open University Press
H Williams (2003) Kant's Critique of Hobbes University of Wales Press
Sharon Anderson Gold (2001) Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights University of Wales Press
Georg Cavalles (1999) Kant and the Theory and Practice of International Rights University of Wales Press


This module is at CQFW Level 6