Module Identifier IP32320  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Howard L Williams  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   Taught via seminars only  
  Seminars / Tutorials   11 Hours. (11 x 2 hours)  
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. For further clarification please contact the Academic 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
Georg Cavalles (1999) Kant and the Theory and Practice of International Rights University of Wales Press
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


This module is at CQFW Level 6