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PL20969: Advanced international relations

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 240
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 55%, EX 45%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 30%)
  • Presentation (CW 25%)
  • Exam (EX 45%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with the theoretical and conceptual tools with which to think critically and analytically about contemporary international relations and world politics, conflict and security - covering debates surrounding International Relations theory and the nature of contemporary conflict and security in the international system.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
* identify the key Western thinkers in International Relations and explain how their ideas have contributed to the main perspectives on International Relations;
* explain what factors contributed to international order and co-operation and international conflict in different historical state systems;
* explain the development of international ideas relating to international law, the ethics of war, diplomacy, and international co-operation.
* understand the main academic and scholarly debates on international conflict and security;
* have a good knowledge of the contemporary international security agenda;
* understand the dynamics of conflict and insecurity in key regions in the international system.

Skills:
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit.

Content:
The unit will provide (i) an historical survey of the main theories of international relations and the main historical state-systems; (ii) an overview of theories and concepts in international conflict and security, illustrated with a range of case studies drawn from around the globe.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL20969 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 2)

PL20969 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA(Hons) French and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB12 : BA(Hons) German and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB16 : BA(Hons) Italian ab initio and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 2)
  • UHPL-AYB17 : BA(Hons) Spanish and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 2)
Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Year 2)
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 2)

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