Postgraduate Catalogue of Courses 2012/2013
Politics and International Relations
IR5006 - Theories of International Relations
Credit Points: 30
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Andrea Teti
Pre-requisite(s): This course is available only to students at level 5 (Pg5).
This course provides an introduction to the principal schools of thought in International Relations (IR), with a particular focus on the use of theory in analyzing global political phenomena such as development, democracy, globalization and political violence. Students will be introduced to the inter-paradigmatic debates and the importance of and debates over the key concepts in IR (e.g. sovereignty and security). The course also provides an introduction to key topics and trends in contemporary global affairs and to modern and contemporary global history.
1 two-hour seminar and 1 one-hour hour tutorial
1 two-hour written examination (50%) (three questions to be chosen from two sections, minimum of one question from each section)
continuous assessment (50%).
Continuous assessment will take the form of two 3,000-word research essays, with a formative (not assessed) presentation.