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Module Title LI International Relations Theory
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 20900
Module Lead DR. Steans
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours

This module deepens students' understanding of International Relations theory, and introduces them to the discipline's current theoretical debates. It includes a critical appraisal of traditional International Relations theories, an overview of the current theoretical debate in the discipline, an in-depth discussion of some of central problems and themes in this debate, and a reflection on the consequences of this debate for specific study areas, such as Foreign Policy Analysis or Security Studies.

Learning Outcomes At the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Discuss and appraise the main theories of International Relations, and select a theoretical position to do so.
  • Differentiate between various critical and constructivist approaches to the analysis of international politics, and asses their relevance.
  • Analyse a particular problem of internal politics in a theoretically consistent manner.
Assessment 20900-01 : Essay 1, 2000 Words : Coursework (50%)
20900-03 : Essay 2, 2000 Words : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 2hr exam (50%); 2,000 word essay (50%) Reassessment: 2 hr Examination
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