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Postgraduate Politics And International Relations 2014-2015

IR5001: THEORIES AND CONCEPTS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

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.

IR5508: LATIN AMERICA: SECURITY CONDITIONS AND CHALLENGES

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

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.

IR5510: DISSERTATION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This is a compulsory element on the MSc International Relations programme.

IR5901: DISSERTATION IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This is a compulsory element on the MSc International Relations programme.

IR5902: DISSERTATION (MSC IN LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES)

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The dissertation allows students to conduct a piece of original research on a topic of their own choice.  This in-depth research can be on a topic within culture, society, politics or international relations of Latin America.

PI5001: STRATEGIC STUDIES

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

'Strategic Theory' is the compulsory, cornerstone module for the MSc Strategic Studies degree programme, and also the MSc Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

PI5014: THEMES IN LATIN AMERICA

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

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. 

PI5021: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICS AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

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.

PI5022: THEORIES AND ISSUES IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND IR

30 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

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.

PI5025: ENERGY POLITICS

15 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

History and politics of energy since WW2. Nuclear Power politics – rise, fall and non-rise?. Renewable energy politics, rise and stagnation or triumph?  EU politics of liberalisation and interventions such as the EU ETS. Environmental politics and oil; conserving nature and extracting oil Arguments about regulations on oil and gas, planning arguments, arguments about oil spills, protests (eg Brent Spar). The politics of natural gas. The case of ‘fracking’. The course will discuss how economics and politics interact. No prior technical or econometric knowledge is required for this course.

PI5026: TERRORISM AND COUNTER TERRORISM

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

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.

PI5502: GLOBAL SECURITY ISSUES

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

'Global Security Issues' is an elective, second semester module for the MSc Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

PI5514: QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

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. 

 

PI5516: RESEARCH DESIGN, DATA AND PRESENTATION

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

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. 

PI5518: INTERNATIONAL ENERGY SECURITY

30 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

Topics:

Oil and Security – how oil crises have occurred since 1973, with a focus on the energy demand and supply pressures and the political factors triggering the 1973 and 1979 oil crises. OPEC and IEA. The factors underpinning the oil crisis of 2008 and its relationships to world economic crisis. The role of China in oil politics.

Natural Gas, the EU and Russia. How conceptions of (natural gas) energy security are constructed and implemented in the EU and Russia –Nuclear Power and energy security;– eg Iran .

Climate Security

PI5901: DISSERTATION IN STRATEGIC STUDIES

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The Strategic Studies dissertation is a compulsory element of the MSc Strategic Studies, Strategic Studies & International Law and Strategic Studies & Management degree programmes.

PI5904: DISSERTATION IN POLITICAL RESEARCH

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

This is a compulsory element on the MRes Political Research programme.

PI5907: ENERGY POLITICS AND LAW PROJECT

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

The project will take the form of a traditional dissertation in that a research question will be set, theory that is relevant to the empirical topic under consideration will be selected and utilised to answer the research question, and an appropriate methodology will be used to answer the research question. There will be a discussion of the evidence and theory discussed and a cogent conclusion reached on the basis of the argument that is developed.

PI5519: INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND WORLD ORDER

30 credits

Level 15

First Sub Session

The course will deliver a detailed understanding of international organisation history and theory, and investigate in a coherent and objective manner the challenges confronting leading international organisations in a disorderly world. There will be critical assessments of the contributions of global organisations to global order.

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