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Module Title LI International Relations Theory
SchoolSchool of Govt and Society
Department Political Sci & Intern'tl Stud
Module Code 08 20900
Module Lead Dr Steans
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Pre-requisites
Co-requisites
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Seminar-20 hours
Tutorial-0 hours
Project supervision-0 hours
Demonstration-0 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-0 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-0 hours
Fieldwork-0 hours
External Visits-0 hours
Work based learning-0 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Placement-0 hours
Year Abroad-0 hours
Exclusions
Description

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 : Summative Essay 2000 Words : Coursework (50%)
20900-03 : Exam 2 hours : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions 2hr exam (50%); 2,000 word essay (50%) Reassessment: 2 hr Examination
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