GV312-6-AU-CO:
Domestic Politics and International Relations

The details
2021/22
Government
Colchester Campus
Autumn
Undergraduate: Level 6
Current
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 17 December 2021
15
11 May 2021

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module will examine the relationship between domestic politics and international relations. How do interest groups influence the trajectory of a country's foreign policy? Who benefits and gains from globalization and how does this affect their political beliefs?

In the first half of the module we will explore how domestic politics and interests influence government's decisions in the international arena. In the second half of the module we take a reverse perspective and examine how international politics affects domestic political leadership, policies, cleavages, and even institutions. A broader goal of the module is to practice a scientific approach to the study of politics. We will be particularly interested in how scholars propose hypotheses about the domestic-international relationship and how they use empirical evidence to test these propositions.

Module aims

Analyze relationship between domestic politics and international level processes
Shed light on domestic sources of state preferences
Explore effects of international processes on domestic variables
Strengthen ability of student for independent academic work

Module learning outcomes

Enable students to understand and critically analyze the relationship of domestic politics and international relations. Develop understanding of the role of interest group influence on state preferences, in areas such as trade and foreign aid. Develop understanding of the role of international process in shaping domestic politics, including democratic institutions, welfare state provisions and populist electoral politics. Foster ability for independent academic work.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

1x2 hour seminar each week

Bibliography


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   Powerpoint Presentation  15/11/2021  50% 
Coursework   Response Paper  13/12/2021  50% 
Coursework   Literature review and essay  20/12/2021  40% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Martin Steinwand, email: martin.steinwand@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Martin Steinwand
Dr Martin Steinwand: ms17779@essex.ac.uk Module Administrator: Edmund Walker, govquery@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
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External examiner

Dr Mohammed Rodwan Abouharb
University College London
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 495 hours, 10 (2%) hours available to students:
485 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
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