MSc International Relations 1 Year / 2 Years On Campus Learning Full Time, Part Time January
Fees and Funding
|Home / EU / RUK Students||Tuition fee for main award||£6,000|
|International Students||Tuition fee for main award||£14,300|
Two courses from the following electives:
Latin America: Security Conditions and Challenges (IR5508)
This course examines the current security conditions and challenges which face contemporary Latin America. This includes narco-terrorism, debt, populism and neopopulism amongst other things. The region’s different sub regions will all be examined with the international, domestic, cultural and ideological factors for the current security conditions being considered.
Global Security Issues (PI5502)
'Global Security Issues' is an elective, second semester module for the MSc Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.
Quantitative Methods in Political Science and International Relations (PI5514)
This course is a practical introduction to quantitative research methods in political science. It examines the logic of quantitative social research, including issues of sampling, measurement, and statistical inference. Students will use the SPSS for Windows statistical software package and become familiar with a number of different data sets. Students will develop an understanding of a range of statistical techniques for the manipulation and analysis of political science and international relations data, including multivariate techniques typically used for analysing such data.
Research Design, Data and Presentation (PI5516)
This course is an introduction to issues of research design, data collection and effective academic communication in political science research. Its primary objective is to introduce students to the basic rationale, logic and method of original empirical research. It prepares students for how one develops and translates interesting questions and broad theoretical concepts into manageable research projects, and how to communicate the project’s ideas and findings. This requires an understanding of the state of the art of the discipline and the diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches.
Terrorism and Counter Terrorism (PI5520)
Salient, specific facets of historical and contemporary national, international and transnational terrorism and the problems and challenges these different kinds of terrorism pose for national and international counter-terrorism strategies will be scrutinised. The debates on the different causes for terrorism (for instance religion, ethnicity, and ideology) and the different theoretical approaches to explain and understand the roots of terrorism will be examined. Specific facets of terrorism like (female) suicide bombers, ‘lone wolfs’ and ‘home-grown terrorists’, as well as the national and international strategies to counter terrorism, will be critically reviewed.
Dimensions of Globalization (SO5512)
This interdisciplinary course focuses on substantive dimensions of globalization by considering recent changes occurring in the economic, political, social, and cultural realms of society. These themes are analyzed by considering recent empirical studies, which seek to clarify our theoretical understanding of globalization through advanced social scientific research. The substantive themes covered include global capitalism, the global division of labour, global governance, the changing role of the nation‐state, transnational social change, and cultural homogenization and heterogenization. Interconnections between these aspects of globalization are highlighted.
The Comparative Study of European Societies (SO5515)
The core course will look at Europe as a society as well as by comparing different nations and regions within it. It will look not just at the European Union, but also countries that are also in the broadest sense “European” stretching to the former Soviet Union and the former Yugoslavia. It will address key contemporary issues such as citizenship and belonging, identities in a European context, work, family and the demographic challenge as well as work‐life balance.
Sex, Gender, Violence: Critical Approaches (SO5519)
This course investigates the ways people think about, understand, and respond to violence. How do we know what counts as violence or a violence act? Why does legislation against violence often seem inadequate, perhaps especially in the case of gendered and sexual violence?
Post - Conflict Justice and Peacebuilding (SO5525)
This course is divided into three sections. The first half of the course introduces students to the central mechanisms and processes by which the international community attempts to provide justice and peace in post-conflict contexts, before presenting in a series of lectures the complications and current challenges to post-conflict and justice as both an academic field and an area of practice. The course is particularly designed to inspire students to consider the complicated nature of post-conflict issues through a number of different case studies and perspectives.
Global Conflict and Peace Processes (SO5526)
The course familiarises the student with the field of the sociology of peace processes, which is one of the growth areas within sociology and related areas internationally. It establishes the nature of sociology’s distinctive contribution to the study of peace processes and the conceptual and empirical focus of this approach. The course places particular emphasis on three areas, religion, gender and civil society. It addresses three international peace processes in particular, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka, and critically assesses the contribution in each of religion, civil society and gender.
Theories and Concepts in International Relations (IR5001)
This course lays the foundations for, explores, and critically analyses the main theoretical paradigms and debates in International Relations, and engages with the complexity of debates on concepts in IR. The theoretical topics to be covered include debates on the international system, cooperation, world order, conflict, development, representation and identity. Students will also be introduced to some of the main debates in epistemology and methodology that apply to the discipline.
Select one of the following electives:
IR5007, PI5014, PI5021, PI5022, PI5027
Themes in Latin America (PI5014)
This course provides an advanced introduction to Latin American Studies. It presents a variety of disciplinary approaches, including those of anthropology, history, literary and cultural studies, and politics and international relations. Through these, it illuminates a wide range of social, political, and cultural issues in the region. The course is divided into two parts: a) an overview of politics and international relations in Latin America, and b) an overview of cultural and social issues in Latin America. This is a core course of the MSc Latin American Studies. It is also available to students of other MSc and MRes programmes.
Qualitative Research Methods in Politics and International Relations (PI5021)
This course explores the possibilities of qualitative research methods for students of politics and international relations. It examines the range of qualitative methods available to researchers, practically and critically, including participant observation, interviewing and focus groups. Having completed the course, students will be competent in the processes of designing, carrying out, analysing and writing up their own small-scale qualitative study.
Theories and Issues in Political Science and Ir (PI5022)
This course provides the theoretical/conceptual underpinning for the MRes in Political essential Research. It examines some of the central theoretical approaches in the study of political science and international relations which will be used to critically approach an analysis of a number of contemporary issues. Issues to be addressed will include, but are not confined to, the debates surrounding: Globalization; the European Union; Nationalism and Human Rights. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to apply these theoretical approaches to the analysis of issues within their own field of interest.
Religion, Conflict and Security (PI5027)
Dissertation in International Relations (IR5901)
This is a compulsory element on the MSc International Relations programme.