THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2008/2009
Political Theory and International Affairs (P02184)
It will equip students to apply the concepts and methods of political theory in the critical analysis of normative issues in international relations.
? Pre-requisites : Students will be expected to have some familiarity with political theory/political philosophy.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 20 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The course aims to provide core elements of the knowledge, understanding and intellectual methods which the Degree as a whole is intended to provide. Specifically, it will enable students to:
- identify and analyse the normative issues arising in the sphere of global social, economic, political and security relations;
- understand how to apply, and where necessary amend, existing resources of political theory in analysis of political issues beyond the horizon of the nation state;
- evaluate policy in international affairs from the standpoint of normative principle;
- assess critically how existing international institutions meet, or fail to, determinate normative standards.
A further aim is to prepare students for their dissertation by developing the requisite skills of formulating research questions, planning and executing research, and presenting findings.
Essay in the region of 4,000 words
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mrs Sue Grant
Dr Lynn Dobson
School Website : http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/