GV902-7-FY-CO:
Theories of International Relations

The details
2019/20
Government
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Current
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
30
13 August 2019

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

MA L25012 International Relations,
MA L250EK International Relations,
MRESL25024 International Relations,
MSC L25012 International Relations,
MSC L250EK International Relations

Module description

The objective of the course is to provide students with an overview of a wide and intellectually demanding range of IR literature and the ability to use this material to analyse world politics. The course aims to provide a sound basis for studying politics from different theoretical and methodological viewpoints.

By the end of the course the students should: (i) have a strong understanding of the origins, historical evolution, and current debates and challenges of the discipline of International Relations, (ii) have an in-depth and systematic knowledge of IR scholarship, and be able to critically evaluate this scholarship and explore new insights and working hypotheses in the study of world politics, (iii) understand the relationship between theory and practice in world politics, (iv) be able to engage in current debates on the analysis world politics.

Module aims

Aims:
* provide students with an overview of a wide and intellectually demanding range of IR literature and the ability to use this material to analyze world politics.
* provide a basis for studying politics from different theoretical and methodological viewpoints

Module learning outcomes

Objectives
By the end of the course the students should:
* (i) have a strong understanding of the origins, historical evolution, and current debates and challenges of the discipline of International Relations,
* (ii) have an in-depth and systematic knowledge of IR scholarship, and be able to critically evaluate this scholarship and explore new insights and working hypotheses in the study of world politics,
* (iii) understand the relationship between theory and practice in world politics,
* (iv) be able to engage in current debates on the analysis world politics.
* Specific objectives are specified for each week in the module outline

Module information

This course will help students to develop the following skills: (i) Communication, presentation and argumentation skills, (ii) team-work skills in joint presentations and small discussion groups, (iii) writing and research skills through essays, assignments, and presentations, (iv) improving their own learning and performance by responding to comments, including criticism, (v) information technology skills through using research tools, (vi) self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, (vii) development of qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment, requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will run over 20 weeks. There will be a two-hour class.

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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 A Hypothesis in IR 24/10/2019 10%
Coursework Literature Review Topic 01/11/2019 0%
Coursework Literature Review 13/12/2019 40%
Coursework Research Question 17/01/2020 10%
Coursework Research Design Paper 20/03/2020 40%

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Prof Kristian Skrede Gleditsch
Module Supervisor Professor Kristian Gleditsch ksg@essex.ac.uk or Module Administrator, Jamie Seakens (govpgquery@essex.ac.uk)

 

Availability
Yes
No
Yes

External examiner

Dr Nicholas Walter Vivyan
University of Durham
Senior Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 40 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

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