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PI1518: POLITICS & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 2: POWER AND CONFLICT (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

Politics and International Relations impacts on all parts of our lives, with more specifically it being the study of ideas, events, institutions and choice. Studying these provides us with both knowledge of the world and also how it operates and functions. It also changes our perception of our surroundings and makes us aware of an ever changing global context. This course will introduce students to concepts and ideas that form the basis for the study of these disciplines while simultaneously also helping us understand our own place within a global context.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Ilia Xypolia

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

Course Aims

This course will introduce students to core concepts and ideas which will form part of the foundations for the study of Politics and International Relations at university. Key concepts which will be examined are Peace & Conflict, Governance, Rights and some  Politics and International Relations theories. 

Main Learning Outcomes

An understanding of core concepts and ideas which will form part of the foundations for the study of Politics and International Relations at university. This will include Peace & Conflict, Governance, Rights and some  Politics and International Relations theories. 

In addition, students will also acquire a self reliant and self-critical approach and also effective oral and written communication and analysis.

Course Content

The course will examine a number of key issues that are fundamental to the study of Politics and International Relations. This will include Peace & Conflict, Governance, Rights and some  Politics and International Relations theories. Each core concept will be examined in detail which will allow both the theoretical aspect of it and contemporary examples to be examined. 


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 27, 29, 31, 33, 38

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

Online quiz 30%
Essay 30% (1,000 words)
End of term quiz/test 40%

Resit (for students taking the course in AY20/21)

Online exam/essay: 2 questions, 1,000 words each

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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