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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

The proposed module better reflects the subject expertise of current teaching staff in this area and curriculum in the BA Politics and International Relations. It will be scheduled in place of the existing module PL4017 'Regional Development' as a core second year module for BA Politics and International Relations. The module will be added to the elective choice for students in semesters 7 and 8 on AHSS programmes where Politics is offered as an option.


Week 1: What is Regionalism? How does it facilitate development? Week 2: New and Old Regionalism: Regionalism and Globalisation Week 3: Regionalism in Action: Types, Comparisons and Functions Week 4: The European Union Week 5: American Regionalism Week 6: ASEAN and APEC Week 7: South Asian Regionalism (SAARC) Week 8: Africa and the African Union Week 9: Regionalism and the UN Week 10: Case Study I: European Regional Enlargement Week 11: Case Study II: South Asian Security Week 12: Gendered approaches to regionalism and development

Learning Outcomes:

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

1.To critically evaluate the emergence of regionalism within contemporary politics 2. To understand the new governmental structures and implications that regionalism has produced 3. To locate and evaluate developmental strategies within specific international regions 4.To understand the different and contrasting functions of regionalism 5.To use different case-studies to illustrate these differences

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

1. Describe the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that inform analysis of regionalism and regional development 2. Appraise the current debates on regionalism 3. Distinguish between the different functional and comparative forms of regionalism and regional development 4. Build on communication skills through participation in tutorial group exercises Continue to enhance problem-solving, analytical and critical skills through assessment 5. Understand the importance of regionalism to the workings of contemporary themes in global politics 6. Understand the impact regionalism has on states, domestic politics and everyday life

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

Not applicable

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

The module will be taught through a combination of teacher-led and group led assessment that will lead to a wide set of learning outcomes. These will look at the study and relevance of regionalism in world politics today (graduate attribute: knowledgeable). The tutorials will offer group discussions about specific regional case-studies (graduate attribute: articulate). Students work in pairs and select regions which they choose to study (graduate attribute: proactive, creative). Students have a project to write in pairs followed by a two-hour exam for assessment (graduate attribute: articulate, cooperative)

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

Prime Texts:

Bisley, N and Beeson, Mark (2010) Issues in 21st Century World Politics , Palgrave
Cooper, A. (2008) Regionalism and Global Governance , Routledge
Anthony Payne (2007) The New Regional Politics of Development , Palgrave
DiMauro, F., Stephane Dees, Warwick J McKibbin (2008) Globalisation, regionalism and economic interdependence , Cambridge University Press

Other Relevant Texts:

Lombaerde, P, and Michael Schulz (2009) The EU and world regionalism: the makability of regions in the 21st century , Palgrave
Worth, O and Strange, G (2012) European Regionalism and the Left , Manchester University Press
Beeson, M (2006) Regionalism and Globalization in East Asia , Palgrave
Gian Luca Gardini (2012) Latin America in the 21st Century: Nations, Regionalism, Globalization , Zed

Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

BAPIREUFA - Politics and International Relations
BAPPADUFA - Politics and Public Administration
BSPHEDUFA - Physical Education
BAAPLAUFA - Applied Languages
BAJOHOUFA - Joint Honours
BAHPSSUFA - History, Politics, Sociology and Social Studies
BAJNMEUFA - Journalism and New Media
BAINMEUFA - Irish and New Media

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