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Module Code - Title:

PO4018 - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Year Last Offered:

2021/2

Hours Per Week:

Lecture

2

Lab

0

Tutorial

1

Other

0

Private

7

Credits

6

Grading Type:

N

Prerequisite Modules:

Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

Provides an overview of some of the theoretical debates and issues that have underpinned the study of International Relations (IR). Theoretical perspectives such as Realism, Liberalism and Structuralism will be introduced and this will allow students to apply these to the arena of world politics and to processes such as the interactions of states, the workings of International Organisation and the global economy

Syllabus:

The module provides an introduction to the theoretical perspectives within International Relations (IR) - Realism; Liberalism; Structuralism; Critical Theory; Post-Modernism; Constructivism; Feminism. It then introduces the major aspects of study within IR - Power; Security; War and Peace; Foreign Policy and Diplomacy; International Political Economy; International Organisations

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Outline the central theoretical concepts within International Relations; Analyse the different areas of study within International Relations; Present an awareness of the theoretical and analytical debates within International Relations through written assignments; Demonstrate study skills in essay presentation, library searches and critical thought.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Demonstrate an appreciation of the major debates within the study of International Relations

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

N/A

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

Lectures and seminars. Seminars will allow students to build upon, express and develop their argumentative and communicative skills

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):

Prime Texts:

Baylis, J. and Smith, S (2005) The Globalisation of World Politics , Oxford University Press
Brown, C. (2005) Understanding International Relations , Palgrave
Dunne, T. Kurki, M., Steve, S (2007) International Relations Theory , Oxford University Press
Steans, J., and Pettiford., L. (2005) International Relations: Themes and Perspectives , Harlow

Other Relevant Texts:

Kegley, C.W. and Witkopf, E.R (2006) World Politics: Trends and Transformation , St. Martins
Mingst, K (2004) Essentials of International Relations , W.W. Norton
Griffiths, M. (1999) Fifty Key Thinkers in International Relations , Routledge

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Autumn - 08/09

Module Leader:

Scott.Fitzsimmons@ul.ie