GV214-5-AU-CO:
International Relations: Theories and Approaches

The details
2020/21
Government
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
15
29 May 2020

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

GV517

Key module for

BA R9L2 European Studies with Politics,
BA R9L8 European Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA R9L8JS European Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L900 International Development,
BA L901 International Development (Including Year Abroad),
BA L902 International Development (Including Placement Year),
BA L250 International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA L258 International Relations,
BA L259 International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L260 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL268 International Relations,
MPOLL269 International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL370 International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA LR59 International Relations and Modern Languages (5 Years Including Foundation Year),
BA LRF9 International Relations and Modern Languages,
BA VL12 Modern History and International Relations,
BA VL14 Modern History and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BA VL18 Modern History and International Relations (Including Foundation Year),
BA VL1F Modern History and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA LV21 Modern History and Politics,
BA LV22 Modern History and Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA LV28 Modern History and Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA LV2C Modern History and Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L200 Politics,
BA L201 Politics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L202 Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L203 Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L903 Global Studies,
BA L904 Global Studies (including year abroad),
BA L905 Global Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA L908 Global Studies (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA L225 Politics and International Relations,
BA L226 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L227 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
BSC L222 Politics and International Relations,
BSC L223 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BSC L224 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL234 Politics and International Relations,
MPOLL235 Politics and International Relations (Including Placement Year),
MPOLL236 Politics and International Relations (Including Year Abroad),
BA L910 Global Studies with Politics,
BA L911 Global Studies with Politics (Including year abroad),
BA L912 Global Studies with Politics (Including Placement Year),
BA L913 Global Studies with Politics (Including Foundation Year),
BA R110 International Relations and Language Studies,
BA R111 International Relations and Language Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the study of international relations (IR). Topics covered will include interstate and civil wars, intervention and peacekeeping, international institutions, international trade, international finance, income inequality, and human rights.

Module aims

The course will introduce participants to analysing actors, interactions, and institutions.

Module learning outcomes

Students will gain knowledge of major theories of international relations, learn about the empirical approaches to study interactions among states and between states and non-state actors, and explore dilemmas policy-makers face in interacting with domestic and international audiences.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered with (i) a weekly pre-recorded lecture and (ii) a weekly interactive lecture. The pre-recorded lecture will consist of one or more items of prepared content that students can access electronically and must study before the interactive lecture. The interactive lecture will consist of one 50-minute lecture in which students can ask questions about, and discuss various aspects of, the prepared content with the module supervisor.

Bibliography*

  • Peceny, Mark; Beer, Caroline C.; Sanchez-Terry, Shannon. (2002) 'Dictatorial Peace?', in The American Political Science Review. vol. 96 (1) , pp.15-26
  • Frieden, Jeffry A.; Lake, David A.; Schultz, Kenneth A. (©2019) World politics: interests, interactions, institutions, New York: W.W. Norton and Company.
  • Alan J. Kuperman. (2008) 'The Moral Hazard of Humanitarian Intervention: Lessons from the Balkans', in International Studies Quarterly. vol. 52 (1) , pp.49-80
  • Leeds, Brett Ashley. (2003-07) 'Do Alliances Deter Aggression? The Influence of Military Alliances on the Initiation of Militarized Interstate Disputes', in American Journal of Political Science. vol. 47 (3) , pp.427-439
  • Fariss, Christopher J. (2014) 'Respect for Human Rights has Improved Over Time: Modeling the Changing Standard of Accountability', in American Political Science Review. vol. 108 (2) , pp.297-318
  • Reiter, Dan. (2003-3) 'Exploring the Bargaining Model of War', in Perspective on Politics. vol. 1 (1) , pp.27-43
  • Buhaug, Halvard. (2013) 'From Horizontal Inequality to Civil War via Grievances', in Inequality, grievances, and civil war, New York: Cambridge University Press., pp.30-54
  • Finnemore, Martha. (2008) 'Paradoxes in Humanitarian Intervention', in Moral limit and possibility in world politics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vol. 107, pp.197-224
  • Sebastian Rosato, author. (2003) 'The Flawed Logic of Democratic Peace Theory', in The American Political Science. vol. 97 (4) , pp.585-602
  • Hultman, Lisa; Kathman, Jacob; Shannon, Megan. (2013-05) 'United Nations Peacekeeping and Civilian Protection in Civil War', in American Journal of Political Science., pp.875-891
  • Hafner-Burton, Emilie M.; Tsutsui, Kiyoteru. (2005-03) 'Human Rights in a Globalizing World: The Paradox of Empty Promises', in American Journal of Sociology. vol. 110 (5) , pp.1373-1411
  • Autesserre, Séverine. (2019) 'The Crisis of Peacekeeping: Why the UN Can't End Wars', in Foreign Affairs. (January/February)
  • Dafoe, Allan; Caughey, Devin. (2016-04) 'Honor and War', in World Politics. vol. 68 (2) , pp.341-381
  • Doyle, Michael. (2006) 'Michael Doyle. 1986. "Liberalism and World Politics." "American Political Science Review" 80 (December): 1151-69', in The American Political Science. vol. 100 (4) , pp.683-684
  • Russett, Bruce; Layne, Christopher; Spiro, David E.; Doyle, Michael W. (1995) 'The Democratic Peace', in International Security. vol. 19 (4) , pp.164-184
  • Alstadsæter, Annette; Johannesen, Niels; Zucman, Gabriel. (2018-06) 'Who owns the wealth in tax havens? Macro evidence and implications for global inequality', in Journal of Public Economics. vol. 162, pp.89-100
  • Fearon, James D.; Laitin, David D. (2003) 'Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War', in American Political Science Review. vol. 97 (1) , pp.75-90
  • Milanovic, Branko. (2016) Global inequality: a new approach for the age of globalization, Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
  • Frieden, Jeffrey A.; Lake, David A.; Schultz, Kenneth A. (2016) World Politics: Interests, Interactions, Institutions: W. W. Norton & Company.
  • Leeds, Brett Ashley. (2003) 'Alliance Reliability in Times of War: Explaining State Decisions to Violate Treaties', in International Organization. vol. 57 (4) , pp.801-827
  • Oatley, Thomas H. (2016) International political economy, London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Frieden, Jeffry A.; Lake, David A.; Schultz, Kenneth A. (©2016) World politics: interests, interactions, institutions, New York: W.W. Norton.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay    64% 
Coursework   Moodle Quizzes    36% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Saurabh Pant, email: sp20266@essex.ac.uk.
Saurabh Pant
Module Supervisor: Saurabh Pant - (TBC) / Module Administrator: Lewis Olley - govquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
Yes
No

External examiner

Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
University College London
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 111 hours, 62 (55.9%) hours available to students:
1 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
48 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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