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Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Stuart Durkin

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PI5019 Theories and Issues in Political Science and International Relations (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Preparation of MRes students for the conduct of original research also requires them to gain an understanding of the state of the discipline. This is a conceptual course; it introduces to and elaborates on core approaches, concepts and themes in international relations and politics. It offers an integrated overview of the joint disciplines of political science and international relations, covering mainstream approaches and dominant debates as well as key methodological controversies surrounding the study of domestic and international politics. The course covers themes such as rationality, political institutions, political behaviour, justice, democratisation and globalisation, as well as theoretical debates surrounding core paradigms of the discipline such as rational choice, poststructuralism, realism, etc.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MRes Political Research

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Teaching Breakdown


100% in-course assessment (Literature review essay 10%, 4,000 word essay 80%)

Formative Assessment




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