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IR5001: THEORIES AND CONCEPTS IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 16 Aug 2021 13:54


Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

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.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 10, 12 - 19
  • 2 Tutorials during University week11

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Concept Paper - 30%

Essay - 70%

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Second attempt at whatever part of the assignment the student failed.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandThorough knowledge of the principal theories which form the scholarly study of the discipline of International Relations (IR).
ConceptualApplyDeveloped an understanding of how theoretical knowledge shapes policymaking in IR.
ReflectionCreateGain an understanding and appreciation of Western and non-Western approaches to re-thinking international order, society, and security.
ReflectionEvaluateCritical thinking skills that will enable students to evaluate different perspectives on substantive issues in IR.

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